Everybody hates Jim

Davidson voted least funny comic

Jim Davidson has been voted the least funny comedian of all-time.

The comic, who revels in his politically incorrect reputation, was the runaway winner in a poll of almost 1,000 comedy fans on Chortle.

Davidson moved to Dubai two years ago, saying he was fed up of living in the UK, although he still performs tours here.

Perhaps more surprisingly, the more innocuous Peter Kay came second in the polls – although even some of his die-hard fans were disappointed with his last DVD, Live At Manchester Arena, complaining it contained near-identical material to the previous release, Live At The Bolton Albert Halls.

Foul-mouthed Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown came in third.

The full top ten is:

  1. Jim Davidson
  2. Peter Kay
  3. Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown
  4. Jimmy Carr
  5. Lee Evans
  6. Harry Hill
  7. Joe Pasquale
  8. Michael Barrymore
  9. Ricky Gervais
  10. Jo Brand

The poll was a number carried out by Chortle in advance of its annual awards for live stand-up, to be handed out in London tomorrow (Monday) night.

Other surveys, from the same 976 readers, found that The Goons was the best radio show of all time, Spaced was the most-missed TV show and groundbreaking American stand-up Bill Hicks is the most-missed dead comic.

The full results of those polls were.

Most-missed TV show:

  1. Spaced
  2. Blackadder
  3. Father Ted
  4. The Office
  5. Monty Python’s Flying Circus
  6. Fawlty Towers
  7. The Young Ones
  8. Black Books
  9. Brass Eye
  10. Steptoe and Son

Best radio show of all time:

  1. Goon Show (1951)
  2. I'm Sorry I Haven’t A Clue (1972)
  3. Round The Horne (1965)
  4. Just A Minute (1967)
  5.  On The Hour (1991)
  6.  Hancock’s Half Hour (1954)
  7. Knowing Me, Knowing You With Alan Partridge (1992)
  8. On The Town with the League Of Gentlemen (1997)
  9. The Mighty Boosh (2001)
  10. Little Britain (2000)

Most missed comic

  1. Bill Hicks
  2. Tommy Cooper
  3. Richard Pryor
  4. Peter Cook
  5. Spike Milligan
  6. Lenny Bruce
  7. Eric Morecambe
  8. Mitch Hedberg
  9. Tony Hancock
  10. Ronnie Barker


Published: 19 Mar 2006

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