The Top 100 most influential people in comedy
Here we introduce who we think define the comedy genre which thrives in Britain today, from 100 - 1, from Monday to Friday. If you want to know why, then read on...
Dip has been thrown, cups of tea drunk, and careers scrutinised in long nights and heated debates. However, after a couple of months staring into the comedy abyss, one thing has become clear: the comedy industry is a hive of activity and is influencing popular culture more than ever.
It's a complex scene, and so while this might be an odd admission to make when launching a list like this, we're well aware that for every person on the list, there’s another five who could arguably be there.
If anything, that shows the interesting times that comedy is living through. The eighties' comedians are vanishing in the rear view mirror and we must surely be on the verge of a battle royale to see who's going to survive the current stand-up glut. So those are our caveats and warnings: now you should get stuck into the list. We're publishing them 20 a day over the course of this week, and don't forget to check our list of the ten people we think are most likely to break the top 100 in the next few years. And before anyone asks, no: Stewart Lee isn't at number 41.
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