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The Big 10: Favourite comedians

By This is SouthWales  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

Tommy Cooper

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IN this week’s Big 10 we ask you who your favourite comedian is. Let us know your favourite by commenting below.

“Jennifer Saunders. I just love her from the old days with Ab Fab. I think she is incredible.”

Terry Michael who runs TDM Stage School, which is based in Port Talbot.

“It wouldn’t be one of the ones today because they are not funny so I would say the Two Ronnies.”

Cyril Jones, 71, a gas engineer of Sketty.

“Lee Evans. since I first saw him when I was 14, he has had me in fits of laughter, and even now when he is world famous, he is very down to earth and always gracious.”

Gareth Wyn Wallace, Neath dad-of-one and e-commerce manager and hardware tester at CEX, Swansea.

“Rhod Gilbert. He tells it as it is, and because he’s Welsh of course!”

Paul John Hinder, a musician from Swansea.

“Lee Evans is my all-time favourite stand-up comedian.

“His live shows are non-stop and the expressions and faces he makes just crack me up. It’s the way he tells them!”

James Grove, 32, a windscreen technician from Swansea.

“Peter Kay, without a doubt. Being a fellow northerner his sense of humour is ingrained in our DNA. Seeing him live a few years ago with my family – who are from a town near his beloved Bolton – meant we were giggling all the way home.”

Ruth Mosalski, South Wales Evening Post court reporter.

“Steve Coogan for giving us my favourite comedy character, North Norfolk Digital’s very own Alan Partridge. Even the footnotes in his autobiography had me laughing out loud. And I’m always tempted to dismantle the trouser press whenever I’m in a hotel room.”

James Arnott, South Wales Evening Post assistant head of production

“My favourite comedian is Billy Connolly, I just think he has pioneered a style of comedy that has opened the doors for a lot of people that have now become the rock stars of today with sell out arena tours.”

Alan Jones, owner of Swansea city centre live music venue The Scene.

“There are many comics on the scene today that make me laugh but my favourite is probably Sean Lock because I find his observations of life hilarious.”

Amanda Rees, communications officer, Coleg Sir Gar.

“Tommy Cooper was my favourite comedian. I only have to see a photo of him and he makes you laugh. If I get a second choice it would be some of the clowns on the council.”

Ioan Richard, Mawr councillor

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  • notowind  |  February 16 2013, 11:37AM

    With regard to professional comedians and comedy actors, I think the funniest and cleverest are the late ,great Ronnie Barker and the still-alive David Jason. The latter is an extremely good serious actor as well. Any man that can act seriously as detective Jack Frost and make you FORGET that he was EVER the brilliantly funny Del Boy Trotter, has got to be a fantastically under-rated actor. The sketch in "Only Fools and Horses " where he falls into an open bar after the flap is lifted is absolutely brilliant. What timing !! Then , his partnership with Ronnie Barker in "Open all hours" was also comedy-genius. As Jason says, he was acting with "The guv'nor"......Ronnie Barker...the best of the lot !! Ronnie Barker portrayed so many different characters in the Two Ronnies.......with a mastering of a plethora of accents [ always good at Welsh]. His script-writing and play-on-word sketches is completely unmatched in its cleverness. He could play an upper-class buffoon, middle class idiot and a yokel with equal ease. His mastering of clever tongue-twisters was amazing. Then his Ironmongers' sketch in the Two Ronnies is the funniest....and cleverest...I have ever seen, fully backed by excellent acting by Ronnie Corbett. His acting of Arkwright in "Open All Hours" and Fletcher in "Porridge" were pure genius. Mind you, the overall script-writing and characterisations in the latter , combining pathos with humour, must make it the most brilliant TV comedy of all time. [David Jason........born David White in London.....to a Welsh mother.......also played a very funny part in that.] Look how different the characters and accents of Arkwright and Fletcher were !! Remarkable acting. I wish they could write comedy shows like "Fools and Horses" , "Porridge" and "Open all hours" today .......but where would they get an actor of Ronnie Barker's standard? That man was a comedy GENIUS !!......and he could also SING ! No wonder the BBC keep showing his work. It makes some of today's comedy.....and comedy-writing.....seem very ordinary and pedestrian. One word of praise for Ruth Jones, though. "Gavin and Stacey " is one of the best comedy series of recent years, and Ruth's character acting is superb.

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  • CLSurveys  |  February 16 2013, 11:17AM

    Tommy Cooper for me, a great natural comedian who was unique. A close second would be morcambe and wise who would be my favourite double act.

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  • JohnSW4  |  February 15 2013, 12:54PM

    Spike Milligan was a genius his humor was natural not put on it was how he lived every day of his life!

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