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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 March, 2005, 12:04 GMT
Kay 'Britain's favourite comic'
Peter Kay
Peter Kay gained the most nominations from comedy fans
Phoenix Nights star Peter Kay has finished ahead of Ricky Gervais and Billy Connolly to be picked as Britain's favourite comic.

The Bolton funnyman came top of a survey of 10,000 people carried out by Jongleurs Comedy Clubs.

Eddie Izzard, Jack Dee, Jo Brand and Graham Norton also figured in the top 10 - but Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams did not.

Kay was also top in the north, but Lee Evans headed the south's preferences.


Star of The Office Ricky Gervais came in at number four, but came out on top in London and Wales.

Ricky Gervais finished at number four
1 Peter Kay
2 Billy Connolly
3 Lee Evans
4 Ricky Gervais
5 Eddie Izzard
6 Jack Dee
7 Roy Chubby Brown
8 Graham Norton
9 Jo Brand
10 Jimmy Carr
Source: Jongleurs

"I'm very flattered. It's great to be liked in London where I live because now I know it's safe to walk the streets," said the man behind comic creation David Brent.

"It's even better to be number one in Wales because I've always wanted to see Max Boyce angry. Did he at least beat Anne Robinson?" added Gervais.

Only Tommy Cooper made the grade from the older school of comics at number 11, but Eric Morecambe and Tony Hancock failed to make the list.

People were asked to name their preferences rather than choose from a list of nominations.

Jongleurs spokesman Chris Lambert said their audiences are of a very wide age range, adding that modern comic acts are of a very high calibre.

Kay, who also starred in Phoenix Nights' spin-off Max and Paddy's Road To Nowhere, has re-released Tony Christie's hit Is This The Way To Amarillo? on behalf of Comic Relief.

DVD releases of his stand-up concerts and Phoenix Nights have become record-breakers for the 31-year-old.

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