Best Comedians Twice As Likely To Be Northerners

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Asurvey carried out by the Beano claims that we northerners are twice as likely to be comedians as our southern counter-parts. And if we’re taller than average, a Gemini, the youngest in the family and city-born, there’s more chance that we’ll be naturally funny. An analysis of fifty of Britain’s top comedians looked at shared characteristics and traits. Northerners who made the list included Sir Ken Dodd, Caroline Aherne, Peter Kay and Ross Noble. Sarah Millican, Richard Ayoade and Noel Fielding are Geminis, said to be naturally funny. Those born under Fire signs – Aries, Leo and Sagittarius – are the least likely to make us chuckle. And youngest children of at least three siblings are twice as likely to be funny than the older kids.

Victoria Wood, Ricky Gervais and Micky Flanagan are all the youngest of four.

Taller than average comics include Romesh Ranganathan and Catherine Tate, while Kathy Burke, Lenny Henry and Jack Whitehall come from an urban background.

In a poll of 2,000 adults, 71% say northerners are funnier than southerners, and – get ready for this – Scousers are the funniest of all, followed by Geordies and Mancunians. Some 87% believe that people are naturally born with a “funny gene” and more than half agree youngest children are more likely to be funnier than their older siblings.

The study was commissioned by the Beano comic, which is on the hunt for Britain’s funniest family in partnership with mental health charity YoungMinds. Mike Stirling, Head of Beano Studios, said: “We’re on a mission to help keep the nation smiling with our hunt for Britain’s Funniest Family and can’t wait to see the comedy gold that all families across the UK can create together at home.”

Beano’s Funniest Family is open for entries now, families can enter until 24th May at

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58 Comments on “Best Comedians Twice As Likely To Be Northerners”

  1. Scousers are definitely the funniest and the quickest! I don’t mean comedians, I just mean normal Scousers you meet on the street.

    Even Dave can be funny sometimes!

  2. Rolf’s lockdown diary 20 May

    My English human has lots of old chimney pots planted up in the garden. My favourite one has a catmint bush in it that I love to roll around in. I went to visit it yesterday but the lure of my evening walk & the open road was just too great.

    Rolf x

  3. That buzzing-noise means something. You don’t get a buzzing-noise without its meaning something. If there’s a buzzing-noise, somebody’s making a buzzing-noise, and the only reason for making a buzzing-noise that I know of is because you’re a bee.

  4. Barbara is such a sweet boy and I’m so glad he came to live with us. I’ve never seen him get grumpy, not even when a certain little Dumpling tells him off for daring to go too close. We have some nice little walks together and try to forget about our problem. It’s difficult.

  5. Why does she wait until I’m in the shower before telling me something I need to know? All I heard was “I’ve just ordered a mumfumping” and it could have been anything. A new pair of shoes, a dozen kittens, a missile strike on Rotherham. Who knows?

  6. My lovely wife bought me a pair of walking boots for my birthday… I think the message she was trying to relay was expressed in the gift! A “friend” gave me a face mask. I asked him if it was for protection from the virus and he said “No , it’s just to cover your face”.

  7. If someone said go an play footie on Saturday, the other team has been tested negative and yours has come back negative I’d be flying to that footie pitch. Why are these fairies crying?

  8. I pine for the days of working just after lockdown. Empty streets, no customers moaning, getting materials by phoning a man in the know at the builders merchants. Happiest days of my working life. It’s shite now.

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