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The Telegraph's best laughs of 2010

29th December 2010

In a round up of all things 2010, the Telegraph has put together it's list of the 10 best comedians of this year. There has been a real sense of the young, up and coming crowd making waves in the world of comedy, especially with the young comedians coming over from the other side of the pond.

Below the Telegraph names it's ten best laughs for 2010...

Bo Burnham

Turning just 20 during the Edinburgh Fringe, Bo Burnham proved he was more than a faddish YouTube sensation. Recalling the provocative spirit of early alternative comedy, his show Words Words Words was an exhilarating blend of rapid-fire wordplay and un-PC songs, underscored by deft musicianship and daft showmanship.

Greg Davies

One of the most enjoyable hours of comedy the Fringe produced this year, reliving in joyously excruciating detail the most wretched moments of Greg’s fortysomething life.

Russell Kane

Russell’s long promised break through set finally materialised this year at Edinburgh. He applied his knack for streetwise theorising to shared home-truths and bittersweet memories about his late dad to deliver a great show.

Imran Yusuf

This charismatic Kenyan-born Londoner is so intent on giving audiences a good time, he smuggles through shrewd observations about multiculturalism and modern life without you even noticing.

Sarah Millican

The sweetly smiling, potty-mouthed divorcée worked more of her flibbertigibbet magic this year.

Daniel Kitson

Daniel stood out as too cool to care, in a year when many comedians seemed desperate to emulate Michael McIntyre’s television comedy success. Instead, he applied his genius to another round of tragicomic storytelling, probably his finest to date.

Frisky and Mannish

Laura Corcoran and Matthew Jones continued to serve up idiosyncratic mash-ups of pop numbers famous, forgotten and downright foolish. Arch and artful, flamboyant and funny, their comedy-cabaret fusion brightened the year.

John Bishop

An overnight household name, the Liverpudlian family man flashes the kind of smile that says he can’t believe his luck. And this year he showed he’s got the audience rapport to hold his own with the best.

Josie Long

You don’t have to agree with Long’s Tory-bashing complaints at the end of her latest show, Be Honourable, to admire the introduction of a politically engaged strand to her whimsical musings. She’s growing in stature.

Clever Peter

The trio of Richard Bond, Ed Eales-White and Will Hartley did a terrific, tightly scripted sketch-show at the Fringe, brimming with fresh-faced invention and lunacy. If they don’t go very far, soon, there’s no such thing as British justice. Clever? Not half.

Please click here to be directed to the full article and to read more of the Telegraph's round up of 2010.

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