Jimmy Carr has been voted the funniest man in Britain by readers of a men’s magazine.
However, the Zoo magazine poll might lack some credibility with hardcore comedy fans as it put Blackpool football manager Ian Holloway in seventh place – above the likes of Stephen Fry, Russell Brand and Al Murray.
Zoo editor Damien McSorley, said: ‘Jimmy Carr is a very worthy recipient of our Funniest Man in Britain accolade, but it’s not just comedians that our readers find hilarious.
‘Notoriously mouthy sportsmen Audley Harrison and El Hadji Diouf both made a surprise appearance in the list as well as The Apprentice boss Sir Alan Sugar and former contestant Stuart Baggs.’
However the appearance of non-comics can’t have come as that much of a surprise – since they were all on a shortlist of names the magazine provided for irs readers were asked to vote on.
‘Student protesters’, ‘Anyone from Tool Academy’ and X Factor contestant Wagner were on the list alongside big stand-ups and comedians that might not be household names to every Zoo reader, such as Tim Key or Chris Ramsay.
Jimmy Carr said: ‘I’m genuinely thrilled, because this is probably my greatest achievement – I’ve not won many awards. Zoo readers are the young lads at my gigs, so it’s nice to know we’ve got the same sense of humour.’
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The full top 100 appears in this week’s Zoo magazine.