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Top Five: Comedians

I haven't done a top ten in a while, so I've decided to do a top five instead. This is my view on comedians. There is a bit of variety between them, so I hope you enjoy.

5. Ricky Gervais:

Ricky Dene Gervais was born in Reading in 1961. He has achieved mainstream fame with his television series The Office and the subsequent series Extras, both of which he co-wrote and co-directed with friend and frequent collaborator Stephen Merchant. In addition to writing and directing the shows, Gervais also played the lead roles of David Brent in The Office and Andy Millman in Extras. Gervais has also starred in a number of Hollywood films, assuming leading roles in Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying. He has performed on four sell-out stand-up comedy tours, written the best-selling Flanimals book series and starred with Merchant and Karl Pilkington in the most downloaded podcast in the world as of March 2009 The Ricky Gervais Show.

I enjoy his brand of comedy as he is just an extravagant outlet of what is going on in his mind. He makes me laugh non stop, and his most recent tour (Science) is a non stop train of pure talent and comedy.

4. Russell Howard: 

Russell Joseph Howard was born in Bristol in 1981 and is an English comedian, who has won several awards for his comedic talents, notably making Zoo magazine's top 10 list of "Britain's Funniest Comics 2005" at number 2 and winning Best Compère" at the 2006 Chortle Awards. He was also nominated for an if.comedy award for his 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, Wandering

Russell Howard is a unique entity in the fact that he doesn't have to make all of the movements which a lot of comics use to portray a scene. He uses imagery well in his shows and I enjoy watching him in any show, whether it be Good News, Mock The Week or his live DVDs.

3. Alan Carr:

Alan Carr was born in Weymouth in 1976, and is the son of famous footballer and manager Graham Carr. He hosts a radio show as well as a television show, 'Alan Carr, Chatty Man' for Channel 4. In December 2008 Carr, when accepting his award for Best Entertainment Personality at the British Comedy Awards, dedicated it to Karen Matthews, who had earlier that month been found guilty of kidnapping Shannon Matthews, her own daughter. Carr was quoted by BBC News as stating: "I should dedicate this award to her [Karen]. She would be my dream guest. I think she's a gay icon. People like a bit of rough, don't they?"

Alan Carr, even though being openly gay and camp doesn't acknowledge that the majority of his shows come to this. He is a very funny human being, and despite controversies, he knows how to make people laugh at themselves as well as other people. He is a purely talented person and I can't wait for his new show, Spexy Beast, which is coming out this year.

2. Jack Dee:

Jack Dee (or his real name, James Andrew Innes) was born in 1961, and is renowned for his true deadpan style, along with his sarcastic, curmudgeonly, sardonic and highly doubting style. Having hosted Live At The Apollo, along with scores of other television programs, he sprang into the scene as one of the most talented and funny people in comedy.

Jack Dee is everything we are secretly thinking, whether it be something racist, sarcastic, unloving, doubting or just true to life. His deadpan and unflinching wit has made me laugh countless times, and I truly hope that we will be seeing him soon. The comedy scene is dead without people like Jack Dee in it.

1. Lee Evans (Who else?):

Lee Evans was born in Bristol in 1964, and has been active since 1988. His slapstick style of comedy has won him many fans over the years, and his true to life portrayal of people on stage has bought tears of laughter to the people who turn out to watch him. On stage, he has said that his sweat drenches him. Usually during the intermission in the show, he has a quick shower and changes suits. His suits are usually thrown away at the end of the show, having been flooded with sweat and dry-cleaners unwilling to handle them.

Lee Evans' style of slapstick comedy has made me laugh more than any other comedian, and curls me up with laughter. His sweaty antics on stage has made him my comedy hero, and  an inspiration for me. His demeanour on the stage leaves an emanating presence which can be felt. He is truly my favourite comedian.

Top Five: Comedians Top Five: Comedians Reviewed by Matt Large on Monday, May 16, 2011 Rating: 5

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