Our panel of comedy legends tells us their favourite funny films
To mark this week’s release of much-awaited comedy The Campaign, starring Will Ferrell, Time Out asked some funny people to give us their favourite comedies of all-time. This list is based on the selections of more than 200 comedy writers, directors, actors and comedians, including Dan Aykroyd, Richard Curtis, Stephen Merchant, Jo Brand and more. Click right to begin the gallery and find out which movie our panel voted as the funniest ever, then let us know what they got wrong in the comments below.
25 The Princess Bride (1987) Dir Rob Reiner (Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin)
Quintessential quote: ‘Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.’
Strange to think that after all the Oscar plaudits and box-office ker-ching! that came with his scripts for both ‘Butch Cassidy’ and ‘All the President’s Men’, genre-expanding author William Goldman’s 1973 fantasy novel should take the best part of 15 years to grace the multiplexes. It was well worth the wait. Sweetly romantic, tirelessly quotable and light as a feather, Reiner’s adaptation doesn’t attempt to reinvent the wheel, but rather mines humour from filling in the backstories of its stock characters with jumbled neuroses and bizarre quirks. So we have the hissable villain with insoluble middle-management delegation issues, the mercenary overburdened by a crippling childhood trauma and a dashing hero who isn’t exactly the sharpest sword in the armoury all trading some of the craftiest zingers ever penned. ALD
24 The Producers (1968) Dir Mel Brooks (Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn)
Quintessential quote: ‘I was born in Dusseldorf and that is why they call me Rolf.’
The beginning of the Mel Brooks empire, and arguably his funniest film, ‘The Producers’ combines old-school comedy, Broadway backstage hi-jinks and outright headline-grabbing bad taste to intoxicating effect. Brooks regular Gene Wilder steals the show as the accountant to Zero Mostel's portly, conniving stage producer. The con itself – an elaborate plan to run with the takings of a show so dreadful it closes overnight – keeps things ticking along at a brisk pace, but it’s that Busby Berkeley scene of actors dressed in Nazi regalia operatically singing the stage show’s tacky title track, ‘Springtime for Hitler’, that remains most vividly in the memory. BW
23 Rushmore (1998) Dir Wes Anderson (Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams)
Quintessential quote: ‘Best play ever, man.’
Some films create an entire world, one which has its own rules and its own geography but which feels entirely real, a place you could go. ‘Rushmore’ is one of the greatest of these. Its world – the grounds and environs of Rushmore Academy – is at once familiar and strange, populated by bored millionaires and Scottish vagabonds, lost aquatic heroes and their grieving lovers, gruff headmasters and winsome Asian teens and, of course, Max Fischer, arguably the most complex, original, loveable but infuriating movie creation of the past three decades. Yes, there’s a little ‘Harold and Maude’ here, a little Hal Hartley there. But even as it approaches its quarter century, ‘Rushmore’ still feels blindingly original and entrancingly unique. The best film of the ’90s? Very possibly. TH
22 Wayne's World (1992) Dir Penelope Spheeris (Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere)
Quintessential quote: 'Did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and played girl bunny?’
Heavy metal was under fire from all angles in 1992: Nirvana were on the up, Tipper Gore was on the rampage and, weirdly, poodle hair and spandex just didn’t seem that cool any more. But the final nail in the coffin – unintentionally, it seems – was poor old innocent Wayne Campbell. In peeking behind the double denim and studs to uncover the cuddly mid-30s stay-at-home air-guitar nerd who dwells inside every hardcore rocker, Penelope Spheeris and Mike Myers simultaneously celebrated the scene’s finest elements – the solos, the camaraderie, the true icons like Alice Cooper – and lampooned its more ludicrous excesses. The result, ironically but entirely intentionally, is one of the sweetest, cosiest comedies of recent years: ‘Wayne’s World’ is like a warm blanket, albeit a leather one studded with grinning skulls. TH
21 There's Something About Mary (1998) Dirs Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly (Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon)
Quintessential quote: ‘It's like you're dreamin' about Gorgonzola cheese when it's clearly Brie time, baby.’
As with so many of the comedies in this poll, the plot here takes a backseat to the individual scenes. Let's leave aside the romcom element of two suitors (Ben Stiller and Matt Dillon) going for the same girl (Cameron Diaz) and instead praise two of the film's most hilarious set pieces. Proof that animals always make good foils for a bout of cruel humour, Stiller's floor-wrestling scene with Diaz's perma-tanned mother's obnoxious terrier is one of the funniest moments in film history, but even that is superseded by Dillon's side-splitting couch-bound panic when the little furball has a seizure. If those don't have you falling over, the weirdo hitchhiker and the ensuing false arrest of Stiller for mass murder certainly will. This is a film ripe for the YouTube generation, as evidenced by the surfeit of online clips. It is far and away the pinnacle of the Farrellys' waning career and many will be surprised that this isn't much, much higher up this list. DA
20 Best in Show (2000) Dir Christopher Guest (Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey)
Quintessential quote: ‘Bratwurst and shillelaghs... paging Dr Freud!’
Arguably the best of Christopher Guest’s post-'Tap’ mockumentaries (also see ‘Waiting for Guffman’, ‘A Mighty Wind’ and ‘For Your Consideration’), this chronicle of a dog show overflows with hilarious caricatures, from yuppies to addled commentators. The largely improvised material is generally geared around character rather than out-and-out gags but the simmering neuroses and blithely inane foot-in-mouth outbursts build to a fist-biting tsunami of excruciation. Also notable for Jane Lynch's turn as a trainer, which could be seen as a dry run for her role as Sue Sylvester in ‘Glee’. BW
19 The Castle (1997) Dir Rob Sitch (Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry)
Quintessential quote: ‘Compulsorily acquired? You know what this means don't you…They're acquiring it. Compulsorily.’
Those who live by the dictum that ‘Australia’ and ‘comedy’ are a contradiction in terms may want to get hold of this rough gem from 1997 which plays like a salty modern update of Frank Capra’s eccentric eviction comedy ‘You Can’t Take It With You’. Darryl Kerrigan (Michael Caton) is the affable, easily impressed patriarch lording over his ramshackle, self-built ‘castle’ located on the outskirts of Melbourne and slap-bang at the end of an airport runway. When big business wants to move his mullet-headed clan off the property, Darryl decides to take them to court on the basis that a man’s house is his home. Sentimental, winning and rammed to the gills with neatly layered call-back humour, it’s a small but essential addition to the overcrowded triumph-of-the-little-man canon. DJ
18 Ghostbusters (1984) Dir Ivan Reitman (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver)
Quintessential quote: ‘As a duly designated representative of the city, county and state of New York, I order you to cease any and all supernatural activity and return forthwith to your place of origin or to the nearest convenient parallel dimension.’
Big budget, effects-laden comedy is a high-wire act that few films negotiate without hitting the dirt from a very great height. For every one – ‘Men in Black’, for instance – that manages the feat of juggling side-splitters with jaw-dropping spectacle there is a vast and notable slew of overpriced, flat-footed, fun-free clunkers – Spielberg’s ‘1941’, ‘Wild, Wild West’, ‘Hudson Hawk’ – that flop between stools. But the bar was set back in 1984 by Ivan Reitman’s freewheeling spin around a Big Apple overflowing with cosmic (and comic) energy, spectral emanations and lots and lots of corduroy. No film has come close to raising it since. ALD
17 Dumb and Dumber (1994) Dirs Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly (Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels)
Quintessential quote: 'Hey, want to hear the most annoying sound in the world? ARGHHHGHHHER...'
An inspired, infectiously good-natured tribute to the joys of idiocy, this huge hit sees two friends called Harold and Lloyd (no prizes for spotting the silent-cinema reference) head up to a ski resort in Aspen in pursuit of a girl, in their shag-pile-carpet covered, dog-shaped van. A superbly staged blend of slapstick and winter-sports advice (tip: do not – I mean ever – try to lick the ice of a frozen ski-chair), the movie shows Jim Carrey at his livewire best: even his haircut is funny. EL
16 Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Dir John Hughes (Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean)
Quintessential quote: ‘Those. Aren’t. PILLOWS!!!’
Two guys; bickering; road trip: as formulas go, it's hardly the unified field theory, but while the Hollywood lab boys manage to so consistently naff it up, when they do get it right, we get such alchemical wonders as 'PTA'. Pitched slap bang between ‘Roxanne’ and ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ in Steve Martin’s late-’80s hot streak, this home-for-the-holidays classic can be seen as the change-up from Steve 'the wild and crazy guy' to Mr Martin, the pastel-sweater-clad patriarch of ‘90s snoozers such as ‘Father of the Bride’. Viewed as such, it’s an enjoyably imbalanced film that balances out its unapologetic sentimentality with foulmouth rants, solipsistic wig outs and unhinged set-piece destruction. And that’s all without taking into account the ample charms of John Candy, who gives a career-best run-through of his inimitable ‘loveable schmo’ schtick. ALD
15 Trading Places (1983) Dir John Landis (Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis)
Quintessential quote: ‘It ain't cool being no jive turkey so close to Thanksgiving.’
A definition of comedy greatness: a movie you can watch in the depths of winter, on a low-rent Canadian cable channel, dubbed into French (and you don’t speak French), and it’s still ridiculously funny. The Eddie Murphy we loved in the ’80s may be long gone, but we still have the memories, and movies like this. ‘Trading Places’ may not be as slick as ‘Beverly Hills Cop’, as confrontational as ‘48 Hrs’ or as raw as, um, ‘Raw’, but it’s still the best Murphy vehicle on the road: whipsmart, close to the bone, unashamedly capitalist but unexpectedly decent at the core. A bit like the man himself. TH
14 The Naked Gun (1988) Dir David Zucker (Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, OJ Simpson)
Quintessential quote: ‘I promise you: whatever scum did this, not one man on this force will rest one minute until he's behind bars. Now let's grab a bite to eat.’
In the wake of ‘Scary Movie’ and ‘Meet the Spartans’, it’s hard to remember that the scattergun, slapstick, movie-pastiche genre started out with the noblest of intentions: to level the comedy playing field by making even the smartest moviegoers laugh like total idiots. In translating their criminally overlooked TV show ‘Police Squad!’ to the big screen, the Zuckers delivered the purest expression of the form outside of their own masterpiece ‘Airplane!’. ‘The Naked Gun’ is a film so devastatingly daft it leaves the stoniest of cynics gasping for breath and shrieking, ‘It’s Enrico Pallazzo!’ TH
13 Duck Soup (1933) Dir Leo McCarey (Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx)
Quintessential quote: ‘I could dance with you till the cows come home...But I would rather dance with the cows till you come home.’
Journalists ritually cite George Orwell’s ‘1984’ when bemoaning the rotten state of contemporary politics. Let's put that down to the fact that they’ve probably never seen ‘Duck Soup’. Groucho Marx plays Rufus T Firefly, the dangerously daffy autocrat of the sovereign state of Freedonia, whose anarchic style of governance is as much a rib-crackingly hilarious indictment of power-hungry tyrants as it is a harrowing harbinger of things to come. We may chuckle when he attempts to squeeze ‘financial assistance’ from a status-hungry dowager. We may guffaw when he inducts a pair of friendly nitwits (Chico and Harpo Marx) into high government posts. We may snigger when the boys break into song at a war crimes trial. But is this not also a bracing vision of a grim future (and, of course, a very funny one)? DJ
12 Shaun of the Dead (2004) Dir Edgar Wright (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield)
Quintessential quote: ‘How's that for a slice of fried gold?’
Our voters declare this the funniest of the films made by the reigning kings of British comedy, the triumvirate of Nick Frost, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. Previous beloved Brit comedy duos – from Eric and Ernie to Cannon and Ball and the great Hale and Pace – failed to make, or faltered on, their elevation from the small to the silver screen. It was more than the making of perky Pegg and frolicsome Frost – the surprise hit of ‘Shaun of the Dead’ catapulted them to just below demi-god status (as enjoyed by, of course, the Pythons) and to the second highest spot in the poll for British performers. ‘Shaun...' is not a film about survival: this genuinely suspenseful rom-zom-com is about respect, and the getting of it. That what’s Pegg/Frost/Wright give to the living dead of Crouch End, Highgate and North Finchley in spades, with due compassion, not a little heroism and without losing their sense of humour and essential Britishness. WH
Quintessential quote: ‘What's a dazzling urbanite like you doing in a rustic setting like this?’
Mel Brooks was on a roll in the late-’60s and ’70s with a string of intermittently hilarious spoofs, from ‘The Producers’ to ‘Silent Movie’. In between, in 1974, he wrote and helmed this mostly very funny western send-up starring regular Gene Wilder. It’s a typically bizarre close-to-the-bone scenario: with a view to procuring their land, a local swindler tries to shock the residents into leaving by organising the employment of a new sheriff. It looks like his ruse might work when a clean-cut black man rides in to take the job… Brooks doesn’t shy away from the race issue; in fact, he charges straight in with a sarcastic and very amusing sideswipe at bigotry and ignorance. There are so many cracking scenes to savour, but for me the most memorable sequence by far is that unique, sprawling ending when the whole cast of hundreds spills over into the movie lot. Brilliant. DA
10 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Dir Stanley Kubrick (Peter Sellers, George C Scott, Sterling Hayden)
Quintessential quote: ‘I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.’
It takes some kind of genius to make a comedy out of a thermonuclear holocaust – and arch pessimist and master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was that very genius. Originally intent on a serious treatment (based on Peter George’s book ‘Red Alert’), Kubrick abandoned the attempt because most of his ideas for it ‘were so ludicrous’. The black comedy that resulted – detailing the terminal implications of a mad, lone general’s decision to push the nuclear button – was arguably Kubrick’s greatest achievement, offering towering work from scriptwriter Terry Southern, the multi-role-playing Peter Sellers, designer Ken Adam and little-known cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, among others. WH
9 The Big Lebowski (1998) Dirs Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore)
Quintessential quote: ‘Nice marmot.’
Just when ‘Fargo’ had people thinking maybe the Coens weren’t so freaky after all, along came this wilfully bamboozling film-noir pastiche. A burned-out ’60s radical known as The Dude (Jeff Bridges) finds himself miscast as a private investigator looking into… well, it doesn’t really matter, but it takes him on a tour of LA’s various strata of weirdo pretension while reinforcing the pleasures of the simple things like bowling and friendship. Amazing dialogue, brilliant performances and an irreverent affection for Hollywood history add up to one hilarious movie – not to mention the inspiration for an ever-burgeoning cult fandom that borders on religious devotion. The Dude abides. BW
8 The Jerk (1979) Dir Carl Reiner (Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Carl Gottlieb)
Quintessential quote: 'A Cosmetologist? Really? Wow. Must tough to handle the weightlessness.'
Steve Martin’s big-screen calling card is such a soaring hymn to stupidity, such a canticle to folly, such a hosanna to hubris that only the sanest souls could resist the temptation to join in with the chorus. As Les Dawson used to say of his comically awful piano-playing, you have to know how to play it right before you can play it so very wrong, and the same applies to The Jerk. To be this stupid, you have to be an absolute genius.
7 Some Like it Hot (1959) Dir Billy Wilder (Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon)
Quintessential quote: ‘Real diamonds! They must be worth their weight in gold!’
IAL Diamond’s scripts for director Billy Wilder certainly were sparklers. He worked wonders converting the source material of an unpublished story and a laugh-free German farce into this most glorious of Prohibition-era gender-benders. It helped, of course, that everybody involved in the movie was also at the top of their game – including Monroe, despite the on-set mayhem she caused for Wilder. In the event, Monroe turned in the most touching and vulnerable (rather than humorous) performance of her career, as the ukelele-strumming Sugar.
6 Groundhog Day (1993) Dir Harold Ramis (Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Stephen Tobolowsky)
Quintessential quote: ‘Needlenose Ned? Ned The Head? I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing!’
Who would have predicted that a writer-director who hadn’t been involved in anything decent since Ghostbusters a decade previously would team up with a leading man whose career was, to put it politely, off the boil and a former model who couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag and come up with a dyed-in-the-wool comic masterpiece? ‘Groundhog Day’ is one of those movies which seems incapable of putting a foot wrong, marshalling a wildly complex plot and a sprawling cast of often unlikeable characters with effortless ease, setting a relentless pace and sticking to it, and chucking in a few unforgettable gags for good measure.
5 Withnail and I (1987) Dir Bruce Robinson (Paul McGann, Richard E Grant, Richard Griffiths)
Quintessential quote: ‘Don't you threaten me with a dead fish!’
Much is made of the thin line between tragedy and comedy. And it’s fair to say that for a comedy classic, tragedy looms large in Withnail and I. Indeed, Withnail’s despairing traipse through a rain-sodden Regent’s Park ranks among the most heartbreaking closing scenes in all cinema. For such a comedown movie, though, the film positively soars, mainly thanks to once-in-a-lifetime performances from Paul McGann and Richard E Grant and an extraordinary script.
4 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Dir Adam McKay (Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell)
Quintessential quote: ‘The only way to bag a classy lady is to give her two tickets to the gun show.’
It is said of some films – ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Days of Heaven’ and the like – that if you were to freeze any frame, you’d have an image striking enough that you’d happily mount it on your wall. While the same might not be said of ‘Anchorman’s beige 'n' brown ’70s demi-monde, pluck any line from its elegantly woven latticework of memorably salty dialogue and you will have a pearl-handled zinger that would be the high-point of any other comedy film. Stick that on your wall, Ridley!
3 Annie Hall (1977) Dir Woody Allen (Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts)
Quintessential quote: ‘I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member.’
Guilt, self-loathing, nostalgia, misanthropy, hyper-intellectualism and the breakdown of a relationship: the ideal ingredients for a comedy masterpiece, then. However ardently its creator may deny it, Annie Hall is the most Woody-ish of all Woody Allen’s movies, gathering together all the director’s most dearly beloved themes (and Diane Keaton) into one tight little 93-minute package. This is where Woody came into his own, moving from fun-but-slight pastiches like Sleeper and Love and Death into more personal, emotional, resonant territory, diving deep into the recesses of his own troubled, bitter, desperately inhibited soul and splashing the results on the screen for all to see.
2 Airplane! (1980) Dirs Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker (Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen)
Quintessential quote: ‘By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?’
In the pantheon of the pun, Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker still rule supreme. We would have loved to have been present at the trio’s pre-production brainstorming session for this gloriously funny disaster-film spoof because, even after all these years, it’s difficult to think of a film with more riotous gags per minute. If it’s not a whole scene (the guitar banging the heads of passengers as the air hostess makes her way down the aisle to play a whimsical song to a terminally ill child; the semaphore operator directing a 747 towards the departure lounge; the intoxicated merchant sailor dancing with a knife in his back, etc, etc), it’s a catalogue of little bon mots, sideshow pratfalls and hilariously impassive facial expressions or something ridiculous going on in the background that you missed first time around, usually while gathering up the remnants of a split side. Matchless, simply matchless.
1 This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Dir Rob Reiner (Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer)
Quintessential quote: ‘What’re the hours?’
They may have spent years floundering in mid-chart obscurity, but The Tap have finally made it to number one. This Is Spinal Tap is of course a bogus ‘rockumentary’ in which indefatigable commercials director Marti DeBergi (Reiner) takes it on himself to monitor the corroding relationships between three members of a has-been hair metal band from London as they tour the US with their grotesque new LP, Smell the Glove. It’s sublimely funny and sharp – a comedy built for the long haul which matures with each viewing. It’s so perfectly constructed and performed, the characters so rich and realistic, that it’s initially a challenge to determine the dividing line between reality and fiction. The film doesn’t have any ‘jokes’, per se, but the humour is derived from a pile-up of non sequiturs, loopy proclamations and painfully spot-on observations, all delivered in implausibly effete cockney accents. Forget best comedy, this is one of the best films of all time.
Time Out’s panel of comedy legends
James Acaster, Edward Aczel, Derek Adams, Scott Adsit, Yianni Agisilaou, Terry Alderton, Dana Alexander, Tom Allen, Dan Antopolski, Debra Jane Appelby, Stephen Armstrong, Bennett Arron, Tim Arthur, Dan Atkinson, Dan Aykroyd, David Baddiel, Alistair Barrie, Todd Barry, Tom Basden, Greg Behrendt, Steve Bennett, Luke Benson, Tom Binns, Andrew Bird, Joe Bor, John Boyega, Jo Brand, Benet Brandreth, Rob Broderick, Spencer Brown, Marissa Burgess, Bill Burr, Susan Calman, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Peter Capaldi, Stephen Carlin, Dominic Cavendish, Jarred Christmas, Dan Clark, Laurence Clark, Johnny Cochrane, Sarah Cohen, Andrew Collins, Ali Cook, John Cooper, Chris Cox, Tom Craine, Caprice Crane, Hal Cruttenden, Richard Curtis, Rhys Darby, Greg Davies, Steve Day, James Dean, Julian Deane, Harry Deansway, Rob Deering, Ivor Dembina, Bruce Dessau, Doc Brown, Mark Dolan, Brian Donaldson, Carl Donnelly, Nick Doody, Tiernan Douieb, James Dowdeswell, Alexis Dubus, Kevin Eldon, Eric , Simon Evans, Keith Farnan, Pete Firman, Paul Fleckney, Jessica Fostekew, Deborah Frances-White, Stewart Francis, Henry Ginsberg, Janey Godley, Stuart Goldsmith, Tom Goodliffe, Boothby Graffoe, Stephen Grant, Christopher Green, Matt Green, Richard Griffiths, Julian Hall, Phil Harrison, Nick Helm, Richard Herring, Simon Hickson, Wil Hodgson, Amy Hoggart, Colin Hoult, Russell Howard, Josh Howie, Tom Huddleston, Sean Hughes, Robin Ince, Jeff Innocent, Eri Jackson, David Jenkins, Dom Joly, Alice Jones, John Kearns, Maria Kempinska, Sarah Kendall, Paul Kerensa, Humprhey Ker, James Kettle, Tim Key, Matt Kirshen, Catriona Knox, Lady Garden, Eric Lampaert, Lloyd Langford, Marek Larwood, Tony Law, Helen Lederer, Adam Lee Davies, Iain Lee, Michael Legge, Lawrence Leung, Matt Lipsey, Norman Lovett, Stephen Lynch, Caroline Mabey, Jackie Mason, Chris Martin, Dominic Maxwell, Chris McCausland, Andrew McClelland, Cal McCrystal, Erich McElroy, Stephen Merchant, Misery Bear, Diane Morgan, Ed Morrish, James Mullinger, Trevor Neal, Kim Noble, Mickey Noonan, Ben Norris, Jeremy O'Donnell, Joseph O'Farrell, Miles O'Neil, Meryl O'Rourke, Ola, Mark Olver, Andi Osho, Naz Osmanoglu, The Pajama Men, Henry Paker, Nicholas Parsons, Sara Pascoe, Al Pitcher, Robert Popper, Adrian Poynton, Greg Proops, Carrie Quinlan, Chris Ramsey, Howard Read, Gary Reich, David Renwick, Nick Revell, Gareth Richards, Jay Richardson, John Robertson, Danny Robins, John Robins, Tom Rosenthal, Matt Rudge, Rita Rudner, Lou Sanders, Richard Sandling, Iliza Shlesinger, Michael Showalter, Sam Simmons, Hardeep Singh-Kohli, Dan Skinner, Carly Smallman, Jim Smallman, Gordon Southern, Diane Spencer, Andrew Spiers, Dan St Germain, Steve Steen, Isy Suttie, Jonny Sweet, Charlie Talbot, Gabriel Tate, Daniel Taylor, Luke Toulson, Thom Tuck, Ben Van Der Velde, Andre Vincent, Tim Vine, Richard Vranch, Danny Wallace, Glen Walton, David Ward, Andrew Watts, Reggie Watts, Jack Whitehall, Jason John Whitehead, Jodie Whittaker, Catie Wilkins, Ben Williams, Ben Wilson, Nick Wilty, Mike Wozniak, Edgar Wright.