The UK’s Funniest Cities Revealed, With London Coming Out On Top

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As everybody loves to laugh we have decided to research and rank UK cities based on how funny they are, revealing where in the UK Brits like to laugh the most.

The team here at Thomas Sanderson have used extensive research and looked at the number of comedians, comedy clubs and comedy gigs to establish the official list of where in the UK has the best sense of humour.

The funniest locations in the UK are as follows:

1st - London

2nd - Manchester

3rd - Glasgow & Edinburgh

5th - Birmingham

6th - Leeds

7th - Bristol

8th - Liverpool &Newcastle

10th - Brighton

While London had the highest number of comedians available for hire (90), and the most comedy clubs (83), Edinburgh had the highest number of gigs (274), thanks in large to its world-famous Fringe Festival.

Punching above its weight was Falkirk which, despite a small population of 35,850 managed to break into the top 20, in 19th place.

The least funny locations, according to the research, were found to be Wakefield, Worthing and Preston.

A full breakdown of the rankings is below:

City

Ranking

London

1st

Manchester

2nd

Glasgow

3rd

Edinburgh

3rd

Birmingham

5th

Leeds

6th

Bristol

7th

Liverpool

8th

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

9th

Brighton

10th

Bradford

11th

Cardiff

12th

Sheffield

13th

Leicester

14th

Oxford

15th

Derby

15th

Doncaster

17th

Nottingham

18th

Falkirk

19th

York

20th

Lincoln

21st

Gloucester

22nd

Cambridge

22nd

Portsmouth

24th

Northampton

25th

Kingston upon Hull

26th

Milton Keynes

26th

Southampton

26th

Middlesbrough

29th

Wigan

30th

Durham

31st

Belfast

32nd

Reading

32nd

Aberdeen

34th

Cheltenham

35th

Blackpool

36th

Norwich

37th

Wolverhampton

38th

Plymouth

38th

Swansea

38th

Stoke-on-Trent

41st

Woking

42nd

Worcester

43rd

Preston

43rd

Worthing

45th

Wakefield

45th

Commenting on the infographic and research, Richard Petrie, Marketing Director at www.thomas-sanderson.co.uk, said:

“Comedy has been a great release for many in 2020, with laughter keeping us going in these unprecedented times. We wanted to find out which was the funniest city in the UK – while it’s perhaps not a surprise to see London at the top, it was interesting to see certain locations punch above their weight, such as Brighton, Doncaster and Falkirk.”

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