So we were going to do a complete list of our top 10 funny men, but then we realised there were too many to fit into it, so we’ve gone down the route of doing the typical north / south divide instead!
So first up, we’re bringing you our Top 10 Northern Funny Men.
Surely the undisputed northern king of comedy? Peter Kay is not only known for his sell out tours (including the world’s best selling live stand up comedy show in history) but he’s also renown for the brilliant “Phoenix Nights” and “Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere” series amongst so much more. This list wouldn’t be complete without Peter Kay and that’s why he sits right at the top for us.
Known for both his stand up tours and appearances on comedy panel shows, Jason Manford is another favourite in the Jacamo office. A family man who often uses his family’s everyday antics in his stand up performances, it’s his relatable comedy that gets him near the top of this list for us.
Looking dapper in a smart suit and tie here’s another comedian who has successfully combined stand up tours with appearances on panel shows, John Bishop is another northern comedian who uses references from his home life and life experiences. In particular, we like him on Sky1’s “A League of Their Own” alongside some other great names (including Jacamo’s brand ambassador Freddie Flintoff!).
A few of the guys in the Jacamo office voted for Lee Mack because of his show “Not Going Out” in which he plays the lead role with the 6th series set to be released this year. Another comedian that started out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Lee Mack has also featured on panel shows too like “Would I Lie to You”.
Some of you may remember Johnny Vegas featuring as the voiceover in our advertisements a while back! He’s the stereotypical northern comedian, but has got plenty of strings to his bow. The Jacamo team like him best in his role in hit TV series “Benidorm” and there were also some shouts for “Ideal” in the office too, and he’s also featured in loads of other programmes and films as well as making appearances on panel shows.
Made famous by Peter Kay’s “Phoenix Nights” and “Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere”, Paddy McGuinness’ career has gone from strength to strength the past few years thanks to Peter Kay. Best known for hosting “Take Me Out” he’s known for his one-liners on the show but has also done stand up shows and made appearances in other TV shows. It’s pretty hard not to like Paddy!
You might not immediately know who Justin Moorhouse is; most will remember him from Peter Kay’s “Phoenix Nights” as the role as Young Kenny and although a lot of his work is on the radio, Justin Moorhouse regularly does stand up shows at smaller venues around the north which are well worth checking out.
Another northern comedian best known for his appearances on the panel shows, most notably “8 Out of 10 Cats”, Jon Richardson’s comedy often takes a negative look at the aspects of everyday life and it’s this pessimistic outlook that definitely raises a few laughs in the Jacamo office.
Yet another successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival comedian, Ross Noble has gone on to have a long stand up career spanning more than 10 years. A lot of his stand up shows are based around audience interaction and are often largely improvised – a sign of a great comedian! He’s also been on “Have I Got News for You” a fair few times to say the least.
Best known for his work with Peter Kay on “Phoenix Nights”, Dave Spikey co-wrote and stared in the series, but has also done a few stand up shows and appearances on panel series too. We thought Dave Spikey deserved to make this list purely for his work on “Phoenix Nights” alone.
Do you agree with our list? Think we’ve missed someone out? Then comment below and let us know! And keep an eye out for our Top 10 Southern Funny Men coming soon.