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Billy Connolly Named Greatest Stand-Up Comedian

22nd November 2011

Veteran Scottish star Billy Connolly has been named the greatest stand-up comedian of all time by readers of Digital Spy.

Over 5,000 people voted in the poll, declaring ‘The Big Yin’ top of the pile despite strong competition from more current acts Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans and Bill Hicks.

McIntyre won the previous poll for the best current British stand-up, but Connolly's fans came to the fore when the geographical scope of the survey was expanded.

One reader said "Billy Connolly, especially his really early stuff, makes me cry with laughter and not many stand ups can do that."

Dylan Moran, Jimmy Carr and Tommy Cooper also received mentions, but not enough to push them into the top ten.

The full top ten:

1. Billy Connolly

2. Michael McIntyre

3. Lee Evans

4. Bill Hicks

5. Peter Kay

6. Richard Pryor

7. Joan Rivers

8. Eddie Murphy

9. Eddie Izzard

10. Chris Rock

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