It’s a known fact that being a stand-up comedian is one of the hardest jobs in the world – aiming to make an entire crowd laugh isn’t an easy task. Therefore, when The Sun revealed the top 10 most disliked comedians as voted for by the public, we couldn’t help but feel a little bit sorry for them…
You’ll never believe some of the comedians that have made it onto this list – with many being firm-favourites in the past. Whatever went wrong?
According to The Sun’s poll, here are the top 10 most disliked comedians as voted for by you, the British public!
English comedian and TV personality Alan Carr has always been one of Britain’s top comedians, but according to the British public, he’s been voted as 10th most-hated! Okay, Carr’s personality is somewhat eccentric, but isn’t that what makes him so enjoyable to watch? Perhaps not.
He’s been blasted in the past for his risky jokes and was once forced to apologise for an insensitive remark made about the Shannon Matthews kidnap case in 2008. At the time, he apologised to fans, stating: “For those of you who have enjoyed my comedy and seen my act over the last seven years you all would have got used to my tongue in cheek style and near the knuckle observations.”
Two years ago, his hit show ‘Alan Carr: Chatty Man’ was axed after it failed to draw in audiences who chose to tune into the Graham Norton Show on BBC instead- it seems his popularity appeared to be dwindling even as far back as 2016 – oh dear.
Otherwise known as the ‘Pub Landlord’, Al Murray was once listed as one of the funniest acts in British Comedy and was even ranked 16th out of 100 to be one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all-time.
Murray’s act is centred around the character of the pub landlord, who has extremely strong views on politics and cultures – most of which can be a little offensive at times, let’s say.
He describes the French as “the neighbours from hell” and the Irish as a”bunch of spud-faced, tone-deaf chancers” – yikes.
Many of the British public have claimed that the comedian is completely overrated, which may be one of the reasons why he was voted 9th in the poll.
Russell Kane’s flamboyant personality is definitely unique – you either love it or hate it. He claims he’s a bit fed up of being confused with TV and radio presenter Nick Grimshaw, which probably won’t go down too well with the poor guy, as Kane has been voted as 8th most disliked comedian.
You’ve most likely seen him on shows such as Live at The Apollo, Celebrity Juice or even in his own stand-up shows. Despite receiving this awful new title from The Sun readers, Kane was once nominated at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards and won ‘Best Show’ in 2010, so at least he’s had some success.
7. Ricky Gervais
Gervais started his stand-up comedy routine back in the 1990’s, therefore has been on the scene long enough to know what’s expected of him to last in the business. Although he’s been ranked 7th on the list, he’s still making appearances in live gigs and TV shows, so you can’t knock him for his longevity in the industry.
What many may not know about Gervais is that he initially started out in music during the 80’s, but perhaps gained the most attention with his hit TV show, The Office which he co-wrote and directed.
However, Gervais is perhaps even more well-known for his harsh and somewhat controversial remarks; some of which has truly riled viewers over the years at various events.
Here are a few examples:
Talking to an audience he once said: “Looking at all the wonderful faces here today reminds me of the great work that’s been done this year – by cosmetic surgeons.” – ouch. On another occasion when referring to Hugh Hefner, he said: “Speaking of The Walking Dead, congratulations to Hugh Hefner, who’s getting married at the age of 84 to 24-year-old beauty Crystal Harris. When she was asked why she was marrying him, she said it was because he’d lied about his age. He told her he was 94… Just don’t look at him when you touch him.”
It seems his near-the-knuckle remarks aren’t to everyone’s taste…
Formerly a physician, Harry Hill tripped and fell into comedy when he began hosting his own radio show in the early 1990’s, but made his television debut in comedy in 1994.
He is perhaps best-known for his one-man show, ‘Harry Hill’s TV Burp’ which aired on ITV for 11 years between 2001-2012; a programme which looked back on the week’s TV shows and essentially made fun of certain clips.
Some viewers quipped that his ‘annoying’ act wasn’t right for Saturday night prime-time TV, in which he was accompanied by a few random characters each week which included the Knitted Character, a knitted rabbit and another stuffed toy which was said to resemble Heather Trott from Eastenders – bonkers.
While it seems his popularity has gone down in the eyes of the viewers, he also admitted that he once cheesed-off Jamie Olivier when making fun of him during a show.
“The producer contacted me to say, ‘Jamie’s very upset. Can you do a video apologising to him?’ So I did a video of me in my kitchen singing I Just Called To Say I Love You, then pulled out one of his pans, saying, ‘Look, I’ve even got one of your pans. The producer said he wasn’t going to send it to him because it would have just made things worse.” he admitted to The Metro.
5. Freddie Starr
Before becoming a huge comedy figure, Freddie Star was in a pop band during the 1960’s named the Midniters. It was in the 1970’s though when he appeared on the Royal Variety Performance in which he made his name in comedy.
In 1986, Starr hit headlines after it was reported that he had eaten Vince McCaffrey’s hamster, after his girlfriend refused to make him a sandwich; a story which became of the most famous newspaper headlines of all time. While fans were unsure of the truth, Freddie went on to talk about the incident in his 2001 autobiography, Unwrapped: “I have never eaten or even nibbled a live hamster, gerbil, guinea pig, mouse, shrew, vole or any other small mammal” he declared.
A second incident occurred in 2012 when the Jimmy Savile scandal came to light, and Starr was arrested in connection. In 2014, he was released due to lack of evidence, but his involvement with the scandal may have tarnished his name.
Russell Brand has tried his hand at almost everything during his career, but is certainly best-known for his stand-up routines.
In 2013, he took his own political views to the next level after having a guest editing spot in New Statesman; a publication on British politics. Since then, he’s gone on to become a campaigner which has shown a more serious side to his nature, which fans have found slightly off-putting and annoying at times.
He’s campaigned on topics such as global warming, biased views of the media and addiction as well as a long list of others. One of his quotes include “We British seem to be a bit embarrassed about revolution, like the passion is uncouth or that some tea might get spilled on our cuffs in the uprising. That revolution is a bit French, or worse still, American”.
Some of you may be too young to remember Michel Barrymore who presented a long list of high-profile shows on TV during the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.
Back in his heyday, Barrymore was considered to be one of the most well-known performers in Britain after hosting the Royal Variety Performance and was even voted numerous times as UK’s number 1 TV star.
It was in 2001 when his popularity suddenly dropped after a 31-year-old man named Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore’s pool. Three witnesses in attendance including Barrymore himself failed to agree on what they had seen, therefore newspapers reported that the comedian must have had some connection with the incident.
In 2015, the court ruled that Barrymore had been arrested wrongfully, therefore charges were dropped.
It’s fair to say that Jim Davidson has been at the centre of controversy over the years, with his insults and strong opinions, therefore it’s easy to see why he may have been voted second most-hated comedian. Best known for presenting the Generation Game in the 1970s, Davidson is also a stand-up comic and writer.
Over the years, Davidson has been slammed for being disrespectful to women within his jokes, as well as taking a swipe at gay people and the disabled, which as you may expect hasn’t been good for his popularity whatsoever.
In 2007, when appearing on the reality TV show ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, Davidson was filmed throwing around homophobic remarks to fellow contestant Brian Dowling, and was later thrown out of the line-up due to his inappropriate behaviour.
In 2013, Davidson faced yet more negative media attention after he was arrested for Operation Yewtree, but the case was later dropped due to lack of evidence.
1.Roy Chubby Brown
Here we have it, as voted for by you – the nation’s most disliked comedian is Roy Chubby Brown.
The stand-up has always been associated with his blue humour – most of which could never even be whispered whilst walking down the street. Over the years, Brown has caused uproar for his total lack of political correctness and near-the-knuckle remarks.
While the majority of the UK seem to be appalled by his act; apparently the North of England love the guy, so at least he has a little bit of a fan base out there.
The 73-year-old has been on the scene since the 1960’s and doesn’t seem to be giving up anytime soon – sorry to disappoint.