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Who’s funnier, Brits, or Americans?

Correspondent John Oliver (L) and host Jon Stewarttape
Correspondent John Oliver (L) and host Jon Stewarttape "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Restoring Honor & Dignity to the White House" at the McNally Smith College of Music September 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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It’s a classic debate -- who’s funnier, Americans, or Brits? There are many U.S. adaptations of British television comedies, and both Americans and Brits have adopted language and humor from one another over the years.  

In a new book, the Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations, author Gyles Brandeth is asking readers to take a side.

Is subtle British wit funny in America? Do defining American comedians have as large an impact in England? We’ll put our senses of humor to the test with a collection of British and American comedians and let you decide who’s funniest.


Michael Kosta, an American stand-up comedian based who regularly appears on The Tonight Show and this year, he performed in his first stand-up special, Comedy Central Presents: Michael Kosta

Luke Ashlocke, a Scottish stand-up comedian that has appeared on “The Montreal Comedy Festival” and the NBC series “Night Shift” and

Matt Kirshen, a British stand-up comedian who has performed all over the world, including Singapore, Dubai and Germany. He was on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2007.