Royal Mail celebrates our favourite, first class funnies

Royal Mail celebrates our favourite, first class funnies

The Two Ronnies

Their classic sketch show ran for 16 years and never got old. Whether you were five or fifty when it was on, you almost certainly had your favourite, definitive Ronnies sketch, whether it was the Mastermind moment or the what's my line barman sketch? And was it fork handles or four handles they were after? Who knows?

Lenny Henry

From his first appearances on our much-cherished childhood TV shows- New Faces and Tiswas- Lenny Henry has continued to joke his way into the nation's hearts for the past thirty years and counting. We loved his Lenny Henry Show that ran for a decade and now look forward to spotting him, Red Nose clad, fronting the Comic Relief shows and schemes he helped found.

But appearing on a stamp isn't the first time the comedy star has been dealing with the post- in 1984, he made a guest appearance on the final episode of The Young Ones, ironically playing a Postman.

Morecambe and Wise

They brought us sunshine with their smiles and made us laugh for a long, long while. From giving André Previn a red face to splashing through puddles a la Gene Kelly, there's no one quite like Eric and Ern.

Monty Python

We've all got our favourite Python moment, from that parrot sketch to "He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!" Daring, surreal and unashamedly daft, comedy's never been quite the same since the Python gang got their hands on it.

French and Saunders

This iconic female duo met at drama school in 1978 and have been firm friends ever since. They've brought us comedy gold like the Vicar of Dibley and Ab Fab in their own right, but no one can forget the hilarity they caused together, in their sketches like Thelma & Louise and the Titanic.

Billy Connolly

At 71, Billy Connolly is still cracking jokes and turning rooms a rather deep shade of blue- something he's now been treating us to for decades. But he doesn't just stop at stand-up- we've been rapt with his stellar performances in the likes of Quartet, Gabriel & Me and of course, as Queen Victoria's adoring servant, alongside the lovely Judi Dench, in Mrs Brown.

Norman Wisdom

Right up to the ripe old age of 95, Norman Wisdom had been tickling our funny bones. As Mr Slapstick himself, the knockabout clown gave us both hair-raising and side-splitting moments like the wallpaper sketch, across TV, film, stage and even music- his Don't Laugh at Me 'Cos I'm a Fool made the hit parade and is one of his sweetest performances. It's no wonder he was described by Charlie Chaplin as his "favourite clown"- we can't help but agree with him!

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore

Cook and Moore were chalk and cheese, little and large, as about as opposite as a duo can get- and yet together they made comedy that pushed satire right to the brink. They made their mark with the hugely successful Sixties show, Not Only...But Also. Their Dagenham Dialogues in which Pete and Dud discuss all manner of subjects, bedecked in cloth caps and Mac, still makes us chuckle.

Spike Milligan

Prince Charles was just one of the millions of fans who couldn't resist the dry, say-it-as-it-is wit of The Goon Show star, writer and poet, Spike Milligan.

Victoria Wood

This Christmas we were treated to the TV adaptation of 'That Day We Sang'- a hearty, thoroughly Mancunian musical that reminded us, once again, just what a comedy genius Victoria Wood is. She's been on our screens since the Seventies, where she first popped up on New Faces, and has since given us gems like Dinner Ladies, Acorn Antiques and some classic one-off sketches and specials- after all, who could forget belly laughing at her Kimberley sketch?