EXPERTS SAY PYTHON MEMBERS AMONG GREATEST COMICS OF ALL TIME
John Cleese has been voted the second greatest comic of all time, after Peter Cook - so say the comedy experts. More than 300 comedians, comedy writers, producers and directors in the United States as well as Britain were asked to rank the 50 biggest names in comedy.
Eric Idle also made the list at #21, as did Michael Palin at #30.
Cook was named the world’s most talented comedian, followed by Cleese in second place, then American film-maker Woody Allen and the late Eric Morecambe.
The list of 50 top comedians was compiled for the Channel 4 show The Comedians’ Comedian, which aired January 1, 2005 and was hosted by Jimmy Carr. Those who contribute to the program include Mike Myers, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, Jackie Mason, Joan Rivers, Sid Ceasar, David Baddiel, Barry Cryer, Steven Wright, Bill Oddie, Eric Sykes, Harry Shearer, Greg Proops, Leslie Neilsen and Carl Reiner. The show aired at 9:00 PM and ran for 3 hours.
The 50 top comedians are: