Going to the polls

C4 plans top comics run-down

Channel 4 is planning a series of countdown shows featuring the best stand-ups, comedy characters and catchphrases.

Work is under way on the shows, and producers have now created websites for viewers to vote for their favourites.

The flagship of the season is a four-hour special counting down the top 100 stand-ups of all time, including American, British, Irish and Australian acts.

The list already compiled includes some surprises – including newish acts such as Alex Zane and Shazia Mirza - as well as old-school comics such as Jim Davidson, Bernard Manning and Mick Miller alongside a familiar list of comedy legends.

Click here to cast your vote.

Another show will celebrate Britain’s best-loved television comedy characters. Again, a website has been set up to collect votes here.

Each of the three shows will feature archives, interviews and clips from the shortlisted comedians.

Zoo magazine has also set up a poll to find the funniest people alive - although it doesn't constrict itself to comedians. Click here for that website.

Published: 28 Apr 2006

Today's comedy-on demand picks

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A new weekly round-up of some of the most memorable performances from the most boisterous, if not downright aggressive, gigs in Edinburgh. Dara O Briain, Daniel Kitson, Jimmy Carr, Katherine Ryan, Flight of the Concords, Tom Allen, Dane Baptiste, Aisling Bea and Adam Hills are among those who will feature in the weekly shows, which will be on YouTube at 9pm on Saturdays throughout August

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... including anothe Edinburgh Frigne stand-in gig, Comedy In The Meantime and the new semi-improvised animated series Loafy.

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