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Chris Ramsey's top 10 stand-up comedians

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The Geordie comic reveals his ten favourite comics – with video evidence

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Ahead of his latest London shows at the Soho Theatre, we asked Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and star of BBC Two's 'Hebburn' Chris Ramsey for a list of his top ten (living) stand-ups. Below are the ten names the friendly Geordie comic came back with.

What do you think of Ramsey's choices? Any glaring omissions? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

  • 10

    Jason Cook

    'Razor sharp, lightning fast, heckle at your own peril. Criminally overlooked year after year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Jason brings evocative, heart-warming stories to life in front of your eyes. He'll take you from tears of laughter to actually crying and back again.'
    Read Time Out's interview with Jason Cook

  • 9

    Sean Collins

    'A true circuit legend. He can walk out to a room full of rowdy punters who've never heard of him, sit on a stool, swig a beer and quietly force them into the palm of his hand. An absolute masterclass in stand-up.'

  • 8

    Terry Alderton

    'Absolute madness. You never know what you’re going to get with Terry. Can you even call what he does ‘stand-up’ comedy? I’ve seen him doing a lot of it lying down.'

  • 7

    Ross Noble

    'Flights of fancy and whimsy wrapped up in blistering improvisation. He’s just as brilliant off script as he is on it.'
    Read Time Out's interview with Ross Noble

  • 6

    Tom Stade

    'Another comedy circuit legend, Stade has a style all of his own. Laidback, filthy, silly and possibly the coolest man in stand-up.'

  • 5

    Al Murray

    'Audience interaction like you have never seen. If you haven’t seen him live, you haven’t seen him at his best. Living legend, national treasure and a deceptively clever bloke.'
    Read Time Out's interview with AL Murray

  • 4

    Chris Rock

    'Raw, exciting, angry – I didn’t know what hit me the first time I saw a clip of Chris Rock. His "Black People versus Niggas" routine is nothing short of genius.'

  • 3

    Dylan Moran

    'He’s reached the level we’d all love to get to as comedians: stream of consciousness. He opens his mouth, it pours out, and it’s all gold.'
    Read Time Out's interview with Dylan Moran

  • 2

    Billy Connolly

    'He’s Billy Connolly.'

  • 1

    Daniel Kitson

    'He’s the best comedian your mam has never heard of. He throws out a punchline, you see it coming, then as it gets closer you realise it’s about six punch lines. The man could be filling arenas, but he chooses not to. He could have a chart-topping DVD, but he chooses not to. He could be all over our televisions, but he chooses not too… and it's a good job he isn't or the rest of us would look pretty shit.'


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