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 beano.com/funfam.