Late legendary comic Peter Cook has been crowned the world's greatest comedian by fellow humourists in Britain and America.

The late stand-up star is best known for his partnership with Dudley Moore in the BBC television show NOT ONLY...BUT ALSO and for performances in cult films like Bedazzled.

John Cleese, star of the Monty Python films, came second in the poll of 300 writers, directors and comedians compiled by researchers at Britain's CHANNEL 4 television station.

New York film-maker Woody Allen completes the top three.

The top ten list is:

1. PETER COOK

2. JOHN CLEESE

3. WOODY ALLEN

4. Eric Morecambe

5. Groucho Marx

6. Tommy Cooper

7. LAUREL AND HARDY

8. Billy Connolly

9. VIC REEVES AND BOB MORTIMER

10. Richard Pryor.

03/01/2005 02:38