LIFE OF BRIAN VOTED GREATEST COMEDY FILM OF ALL TIME
by Hans ten Cate
Sunday, 22 January 2006

Monty Python's Life of Brian has been voted funniest film of all time in a poll conducted by UK's Channel 4

A few weeks ago, on January 1, Britain's Channel 4 announced the results of an extensive poll it had conducted to find the 50 greatest comedy films of all time.

Monty Python's Life of Brian claimed the highest honor, ranking first in the poll, with a second Python film Monty Python and the Holy Grail making the sixth spot. No other Python films made the list, although A Fish Called Wanda (starring John Cleese and Michael Palin) ranked 23.

More than 22,000 people voted in the poll and the results were counted down on Channel 4's The 50 Greatest Comedy Films, narrated by Stephen Fry and broadcast at 9 PMon January 1.

Below are the poll results.

  1. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
  2. Airplane! (1980)
  3. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  4. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
  5. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) [featuring the voice of Eric Idle]
  6. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  7. American Pie (1999)
  8. Blazing Saddles (1974)
  9. There's Something About Mary (1998)
  10. This is Spinal Tap (1984)
  11. Annie Hall (1977)
  12. Blues Brothers (1980)
  13. Groundhog Day (1993)
  14. The Naked Gun (1988)
  15. Wayne's World (1992)
  16. Some Like it Hot (1959)
  17. Dumb and Dumber (1994)
  18. Meet the Parents (2000)
  19. Clerks (1994)
  20. Young Frankenstein (1974)
  21. Withnail & I (1987)
  22. M*A*S*H (1970)
  23. A Fish Called Wanda (1988) [featuring John Cleese and Michael Palin]
  24. Ghostbusters (1984)
  25. Gregory's Girl (1980)
  26. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
  27. The Jerk (1979)
  28. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  29. Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963)
  30. Best in Show (2000)
  31. Shool of Rock (2003)
  32. The Full Monty (1997)
  33. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
  34. The Odd Couple (1968)
  35. Trading Places (1983)
  36. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1993)
  37. Stir Crazy (1980)
  38. A Shot in the Dark (1964)
  39. Team America (2004)
  40. Duck Soup (1933)
  41. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1988)
  42. Police Academy (1984)
  43. The Ladykillers (1955)
  44. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
  45. Kingpin (1996)
  46. The Princess Bride (1987)
  47. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
  48. Bridget Jones' Diary (2001)
  49. Carry on Cleo (1964)
  50. The Producers (1968)