Courtesy of Gilder (and yes, the exclamation mark is compulsory!)
5. Frankie Boyle. Legendarily offensive, and all the better for it. Best in small doses I think
4. Milton Jones. Conversely, Milton Jones is best on his utterly surreal Radio 4 shows.
3. Mitch Benn. Is he primarily a comedian or a musician, or does it even really matter? Enormously versatile, clever and consistently funny.
2. Harry Hill. Who would have thunk that one of the very funniest programmes on tv would be on ITV on a Saturday tea time? Also worth seeking out some of Harry's earlier shows particular 'Harry Hill's Fruit Corner'
1. Richard Herring. By dint of sheer hard work and dogged persistence, Richard Herring is now one of best stand ups working today. He produces a daily blog, a weekly podcast, an annual Edinburgh show, books and dvds, a forthcoming internet topical sketch show as well as regular standup gigs. Watch him deal with a particularly bothersome heckler: