Chris Addison's top ten stand-up comedians

The 'Mock the Week' and 'The Thick of It' star reveals his favourite comics

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Next up in our series of comedians naming their favourite fellow comics, erudite wonder and ‘The Thick of It’ star Chris Addison chooses his top ten living stand-ups.

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James Acaster

‘The best comics don’t sound like anyone else. James Acaster only sounds like James Acaster. And he does that brilliantly.’


9

Boothby Graffoe

‘More charisma and quiet brilliance than any one person has the right to. He also comes up with some of the finest songs you’ll hear.’


8

Roisin Conaty

‘Half-gobby, half-insecure, totally honest. She has a God-given comic ability.’


7

Kevin Eldon

‘Arguably the best comic performer of his generation and a master of the point where smart and silly meet.’


6
Joe Wilkinson

Joe Wilkinson

‘A shambling, slightly chaotic, downbeat persona belies his top-drawer comic mind and beautiful turns of phrase.’


5
Lee Mack

Lee Mack

‘If you’re not laughing at Lee Mack you need to check with your GP as you may have locked-in syndrome.’


4
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Jo Enright

‘I’ve had lines from Jo Enright’s stand-up going round my head for years now. One of the most naturally funny people I’ve ever met.’


3
Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant

‘He was brilliant when he started out in the late ’90s and even better when he took up stand-up again a few years ago.’


2
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Daniel Kitson

‘Legend, cult, beardist, very hard to spot in the wild but so entirely worth the effort. A tender heart and a steely punch.’


1

Billy Connolly

‘Goes in and out of fashion, due to “fashion” being an idiot, but has been consistently the best stand-up of the last 40 years. I’ve seen him loads and there’s never been a time when he hasn’t had me on my knees laughing, hoping I won’t have to go to hospital from oxygen depletion.’


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