A new poll by Comedy Central Live claims to have determined the funniest cities in the UK, with Liverpool taking top spot with 23 per cent of the vote – and Brighton being voted the least funny with just 2 per cent.
This may not come as a surprise to some, with Liverpool being the home of many well-known comics, including John Bishop, Ken Dodd and Les Dennis.
Newcastle came second with 14 per cent of the vote, while London claimed third place with 12 per cent of the vote.
Netting 10 per cent of the vote was Glasgow, the home city of Billy Connolly and controversial comic Frankie Boyle, which also took home the title of Britain’s capital for dirty jokes.
However, observational jokes proved the most popular across the board, rated as best by 27 per cent of respondents, ahead of one-liners (13 per cent) and sarcasm (11 per cent).
The results were based on a survey of 1,500 people spread equally around Britain.
In regards to the least funny cities in the UK, the nation didn’t see Brighton as all that humorous, coming bottom of the poll with only 2 per cent of the vote.
Belfast, Birmingham and Bristol were also deemed unfunny, receiving only three per cent each. Edinburgh’s inclusion in the bottom five, meanwhile, seems strange considering it hosts the wildly popular Edinburgh Fringe comedy festival each year.
The study also found that Britons laughed out loud 11 times a day on average, but 17 per cent admitted that nobody ever laughed at their jokes.
97 per cent of the 1,500 polled agreed that they felt much better after a good chuckle, with the poll also finding that men tend to laugh slightly more often than women on a daily average, cracking up 12 times compared to ten.
The funniest cities were voted as follows:
1: Liverpool – 23 per cent
2: Newcastle – 14 per cent
3: London – 12 per cent
4: Manchester – 10 per cent
5: Glasgow – 10 per cent
The least funny cities were:
1: Brighton – 2 per cent
2: Belfast – 3 per cent
3: Birmingham – 3 per cent
4: Bristol – 3 per cent
5: Edinburgh – 4 per cent
The North/South divide
The ongoing debate regarding whether the North is really funnier than the South has now been settled too, apparently.
According to the results, 74 per cent thought that those living in the north of England and Scotland were the funniest, with even 61 per cent of Southerners voting that those living in the north were funnier.
The North of England and Scotland took four of the Top 5 funniest places.