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James Dowdeswell’s top ten stand-up comedians

The storytelling stand-up reveals his favourite comics – with videos

1/10

Adam Bloom

‘He has a comic mind like a trillion-watt lightbulb, and it’s always on.’

2/10

Nick Helm

‘A powerhouse performer whose show on the closing night of the Machynlleth Comedy Fest was one of the best I’ve ever seen.’

3/10

Sarah Bennetto

‘A goofball. Hilarious storytelling stand-up. Her “found furniture” routine is an absolute doozy.’

4/10

Pappy's

‘These three loons are gut-wrenchingly funny. They did a barnstormingly silly show at Latitude 2013, followed up with their brilliant new sitcom, “Badults”. Boom!’

5/10

Tony Law

‘This Nordic wizard of comedy makes me howl. At the Edinburgh Fringe he has made midday the new midnight.’

6/10

Josie Long

‘Radiates pure joy, even when worked up into a political lather.’

7/10

Daniel Kitson

‘Like Zola or Zidane, he seems to have more time on the ball than the rest of us. He’s capable of creating anything, from soul-soaring stories to slam-dunking drunken hecklers.’

8/10

Russell Howard

‘His brain dances on stage like a child at a Christmas party. I compered his first gig in ’98 and he’s done okay since. The second funniest comic with a lazy eye.’

9/10

Billy Connolly

‘The grandmaster. I saw him do two-and-three-quarter hours without a toilet break. I went twice. His “I know you. I know you,” routine is a masterclass in comedic storytelling.’

10/10

Stewart Lee/Phil Kay

‘Both play comedy like a jazz flute. Lee has learned the scales and pushes the boundaries. Kay is a troubadour who seems to find a different flute in a different place every night and makes comedic sounds we’ve never heard before.’


Next up in series of comedians’ favourite comedians is West Country boy and top storyteller James Dowdeswell. Here are his top ten (well, 11 – you’ll see) stand-up comics.

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