Wits out for the lads

Kay tops FHM comedy poll

Peter Kay has been named the funniest stand-up by readers of FHM magazine.

The comic has barely performed live in the past year, but he still attracted more than half of all votes in the lads’ mag’s annual comedy poll – three times as many as nearest rival Ricky Gervais.

Gervais, however, did triumph in the best stand-up DVD category, with twice as many votes as second-placed Richard Pryor, Live in Concert.

Gervais said: ‘I’m really chuffed with this. I’ve won just about every award and poll going for the last few years for The Office, but not one for my stand-up.

‘I’m a relative newcomer to the live comedy scene, and I think this is encouraging.’

True to form, when asked to name the funniest woman, ‘none of them’ was the top answer from FHM readers, followed by Catherine Tate and, bizarrely, Matt Lucas’s creation Vicky Pollard in third.

Little Britain was, predictably, the best TV show  with Anchorman the funniest film.

Chris Rock was voted ‘funniest foreigner’ ahead of Scrubs’ Zach Branff and stand-up Dara O’Briain.

But bad news for Graham Norton, who was named worst comedian, beating even Jim Davidson and Bernard Manning to the title.

The full results, compiled from 12,000 online votes, are

Best TV comedy

  1. Little Britain
  2. Extras
  3. Shameless
  4. The Mighty Boosh
  5. Bo’ Selecta!

Best stand-up

  1. Peter Kay
  2. Ricky Gervais
  3. Jimmy Carr
  4. Jack Dee
  5. Harry Hill

Best stand-up DVD

  1. Ricky Gervais: Politics
  2. Richard Pyror: Live In Concert
  3. Jimmy Carr Live
  4. Al Murray The Pub Landord: And A Glass Of White Wine For The Lady
  5. Ross Noble: Unrealtime

Funniest Woman

  1. None Of Them
  2. Catherine Tate
  3. Vicky Pollard
  4. Jo Brand
  5. Jenny Eclair

Worst Comedian

  1. Graham Norton
  2. Jim Davidson
  3. Jo Brand
  4. Bernard Manning
  5. Rory McGrath

Funniest movie

  1. Anchorman
  2. Meet The Fockers
  3. Wedding Crashers
  4. Napoleon Dynamite
  5. League Of Gentlemen: Apocalypse

Funniest DJ

  1. Chris Moyles
  2. Ricky Gervais
  3. Jonathan Ross
  4. Johnny Vaughan
  5. Scott Mills

Funniest actor

  1. Ben Stiller
  2. Will Ferrell
  3. Jack Black
  4. Owen Wilson
  5. Adam Sandler

Funniest character

  1. Andy & Lou (Little Britain)
  2. Andy Millman (Extras)
  3. The Bear (Bo’ Selecta!)
  4. Dafydd Thomas (Little Britain)
  5. Vince Noir Rock Star (The Mighty Boosh)

Funniest foreigner

  1. Chris Rock
  2. Zach Branff
  3. Dara O’Briain
  4. Rich Hall
  5. Omid Djalili

Funniest TV host

  1. Jonathan Ross
  2. Jeremy Clarkson
  3. Frank Skinner
  4. Dara O’Briain
  5. Harry Hill

November’s edition of FHM, with full details of their comedy awards, is on sale now.


Published: 29 Sep 2005

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