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Billy Connolly named Britain's most influential stand-up

Billy Connolly has been named the most influential British stand-up comedian of all time.

The veteran Scottish comedian saw off competition from Morecambe and Wise and Victoria Wood in the list compiled by 100 comics who then put their shortlist to public vote.

Among 100 comics who compiled a shortlist were Stephen Merchant, Jack Dee, Miranda Hart, Jason Manford and Jo Brand.

The top ten list is:

  1. Billy Connolly
  2. Morecambe and Wise
  3. Victoria Wood
  4. Eddie Izzard
  5. Ben Elton
  6. Peter Cook
  7. Les Dawson
  8. Lenny Henry
  9. Sean Lock
  10. Rik Mayall

Robin Williams took the top spot for the international comics.

Steve North, head of TV channel Dave, which commissioned the poll, said: "British stand-up is there with the best in the world.

"It is great to see trailblazing stand-ups such as Billy Connolly and Robin Williams get the respect they deserve.

"Both Connolly and Williams have consistently pushed the comedy envelope and whilst they may have over 40 years of experience between them, they are still the funniest men on the planet."

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