Quote: Alfred J Kipper @ 23rd June 2019, 10:18 PM
Which also excluded Spike Milligan from being British. He died an Irishman
Garyd has already mentioned Spike's Indian-based Britishness and his subsequent Irishness.
He was born in 1918 and was British until 1962.
He was Irish from 1962 until his death in 2002.
Perhaps the panel only considered his comedic works before 1962 and that would, of course, have included The Goon Show.
At the end of the day, however, he finished 8th in the list of 30 finalists.
If he'd stayed British, he might have won!
Quote: Aaron @ 23rd June 2019, 10:04 PM
Laurel remained a British subject AFAIK, but lived and worked almost entirely in the US
Wikipedia describes Stan as a British-born American comedian.
The accuracy or otherwise of that statement depends of course upon one's definition of "American".
For my money, however, the final word on the subject must go to Stan's daughter Lois (who should know a thing or two about her dad) and she assures us that he was British until his dying day - never having taken American citizenship.