My favourite comedian is Woody Allen; whose films I grew up on. (Bananas, Sleeper, Take The Money And Run, Love and Death, Zelig, Play It Again Sam) but I also like Tony Hancock (Hancocks Half Hour and The Rebel) Peter Cook and Dudley Moore (Not Only But Also, Bedazzled) Monty Python (The original series and Life Of Brian/The Holy Grail but not so much the Meaning of Life),Peter Sellers (all the early Ealing and Boulting Brothers comedies like Heavens Above also Dr Strangelove and, to a lesser degree, the Pink Panther movies), Red Dwarf, Lenny Bruce, Dave Allen, Saturday Night Live (Bill Murray,Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi etcetera), Ealing Comedies generally, (Favourites being Passport To Pimlico, The Lady Killers and The Man in the White Suit), the films of The Marx Brothers (particularly Horse Feathers and Duck Soup),Abbot and Costello, Bob Hope (Particularly The Road Movies made with Bing Crosby and the Paleface movies made with Jane Russell), Laurel and Hardy (Particularly Way Out West, The Music Box,A Chump at Oxford) and Charlie Chaplin (Particularly Modern Times and The Great Dictator).
My favourite comedy film is probably The Great Dictator.
I have to say, I don't really like modern comedians and particularly can't stand Ricky Gervais or Russell Brand because of their egos. I don't mind Sacha-Baron Cohen so much because he can be very clever (and reminds me of Peter Sellers somewhat) but I think alot of modern comedy is aimed
at teenagers rather than adults (Russell Howard for example) and I've never really been a teenager.