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The 50 best comedians of the 21st century

Steve Coogan is the funniest Brit, coming second on the list, with American Tina Fey coming first. Once again, in a mirroring of a Channel 4 poll in 2007, Stewart Lee came 41st.

Hannah J Davies, Paul Fleckney, Harriet Gibsone, Brian Logan and Stuart Heritage, The Guardian, 18th September 2019

Year Of The Rabbit writers plan Series 2

Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley - the writers of Year Of The Rabbit - say they have "sketched out" some ideas for Series 2, although it has yet to be commissioned.

British Comedy Guide, 16th July 2019

DI Rabbit is at his rascally best as Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil's riotous Victorian police spoof finds him on the trail of a killer known as the Brick Man. At last we learn more about Keeley Hawes's mysterious character, who steps out of the shadows long enough to lure would-be "ladyfilth" Mabel into her orbit.

Mike Bradley, The Guardian, 17th June 2019

Even Matt Berry couldn't save Year of the Rabbit from itself. A spoof Victorian London drama comedy of the sort seen only about a million times since the dawn of television, it wanted to be Ripper Street with giggles. It ended up being The Two Ronnies' "phantom raspberry blower of old London town" with, astonishingly, fewer laughs. And much much filth. The gags, it seems in hindsight, were all about disability, prostitutes and mud, and all done with a certain frenetic foul-mouthiness substituting for actual humour. I may have misread the opening episode, and it will doubtless be to the taste of some souls. But if this is the start of Channel 4's vaunted "summer of comedy", bring on ye autumnal mists.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 16th June 2019

Review: Channel 4's Year of the Rabbit is silly & smart

Essentially The Sweeney in Victorian times (in fact the show's original working title was Ye Sweeney), Year of the Rabbit proves to be a winning mix of smart but silly gags with a first-rate cast.

Sophie Davies, The Custard TV, 11th June 2019

Year Of The Rabbit review

Berry's cockney accent is a bit dodgy and he forgets to do it half the time which just seems strange, there's a couple of scenes which are pointless, like the bit where Rabbit gets beaten up in a pub, and the dialogue needs to be sharper in general.

Alex Finch, Comedy To Watch, 11th June 2019

Year Of The Rabbit is stupid, filthy and brilliant

It was gloriously stupid, tightly written, superbly acted and absolutely filthy.

Ian Hyland, The Mirror, 10th June 2019

Year of the Rabbit review

Silly and gleefully sweary ... but where were the gags?

Tim Dowling, The Guardian, 10th June 2019