Andy Parsons’s top ten stand-up comedians

The ‘Mock the Week’ regular reveals his favourite comics – with videos

1/10

‘A burgeoning Devon talent. One of those people you are always delighted to see on the same bill because you know you’ll have fun.’

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2/10

‘Glenn Wool, Stewart Francis and Craig Campbell. They all deserve to be included individually. Separately they’re magnificent. Collectively, they’re an embarrassment of riches.’

3/10

‘A cracking addition to the “Mock the Week” crew and a pleasure to have around.’

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4/10

‘My long-term Cutting Edge double-act partner at the Comedy Store and somebody I would love to see doing bigger tours.’

5/10

‘A regular fixture on my BBC Radio 2 show, and a joy every week.’

6/10

‘It is difficult to get excited about some people’s success. Others, like Sarah’s, you can just sit back and enjoy.’

7/10

‘A man I first met on a sun-glittered balcony in Adelaide. He’s been an inspiration ever since.’

8/10

‘You don’t know a man until you’ve been in a tent together at -53C and had to huddle together for warmth because it is too cold to sleep. [Andy Parsons and Ed Byrne drove across Siberia together for BBC Two’s “World’s Most Dangerous Roads.”]’

9/10

‘A man who was raped by showbusiness before he was born. He has a surprisingly gentle underbelly and gives exceedingly good hugs.’

10/10

‘We shared a local and sometimes we’d go along and do the pub quiz there. We’d win something every time. I hardly answered a question.’

Having just wrapped up his tenth series of ‘Mock the Week’, Andy Parsons is hitting the road with his new tour ‘I’ve Got a Shed’ and has a new DVD, 'Slacktivist', released in November. We asked him to list his top ten stand-up comedians. He’s actually chosen 12 (cheeky), and you might recognise a number of them as his week-mocking mates… 


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