London, March 31 (ANI): Traditional comedians such as Billy Connolly and Victoria Wood have topped a survey of Britain’s all-time favourite comics.
The poll of 1,000 adults by the Ask Jeeves website found that stand-up comedians using abusive language are a big turn-off for many.
People are more fond of Billy Connolly, Victoria Wood, the late Tommy Cooper and Michael McIntyre.
Only one in five adults says today’s comics are as funny as those of the previous generations while 55 percent think modern funnymen use too many abuses to tickle their funny bone.
Several people would still have simple humour such as knock, knock and doctor, doctor jokes.
Billy Connolly, 67, was named as Britain’s all-time favourite comic, followed by Dinnerladies star Victoria Wood, 56, and magician Tommy Cooper, who died during a live TV performance in 1984.
Lee Evans was ranked fifth behind McIntyre.
“From Billy Connolly to Tommy Cooper and knock, knock jokes to why did the chicken cross the road, the old ones still make us laugh,” the Daily Express quoted Ask Jeeves spokeswoman Nadia Kelly, as saying.
She added: “We are constantly surprised by the large numbers of people who go on to Ask Jeeves to search for jokes on certain subjects or to look up punchlines they have forgotten.” (ANI)