King Johnny

Vegas named Britain's funniest man

Johnny Vegas has been named the funniest man in Britain.

He earned the praise after writers on men’s magazine Esquire simply decided to list their favourite comics

Tim Lewis, from the magazine, said: “Johnny is Britain’s darkest and most brilliant comedian.

“His live performances, whether they succeed or fail, always do so spectacularly.”

Esquire’s top 15 are:

1 Johnny Vegas

2 Chris Morris

3 Peter Kay

4 Jon Link and Mick Bunnage (cartoonists)

5 Simon Pegg

6 Matthew Holness and Richard Ayoade for Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

7 Sacha Baron Cohen

8 Jonathan Ross

9 Ricky Gervais

10 Stewart Lee

11 Matt Lucas & David Walliams

12 Peter Baynham

13 Steve Coogan

14 Charlie Brooker (co-writer of Chris Morris’s new sitcom Nathan Barley)

15 Jeremy Clarkson

Published: 10 Dec 2004

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