We’ve trawled through literally tens of hours of footage, laughed ourselves silly and cried tears of joy to bring you this, the three most belly-ticklingly funny men of the noughties.

Bill Bailey

His live shows are a wizardly blend of surrealism, in-jokes and musical brilliance, and you’ll probably struggle wondering when he wasn’t on your TV. Often the star of Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Have I Got News For You, the Black Books buffoon will keep you laughing for an age.

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Ricky Gervais

Easily one of the best known comics worldwide, Gervais stormed onto the scene as David Brent in the office and now holds tons of awards, including seven Baftas and five British Comedy Awards. You must watch The Office, Extras and listen to The Ricky Gervais Show podcast.

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Ross Noble

Loved for his weird ‘randomist’, improvisational style of stand-up, you’ll never watch the same Ross Noble show twice. With a love for audience heckles and spotting faces in muffins, he is truly one of the most bizarre comics out there. Catch him on his Nonsensory Overload and Mindblender tours.

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