The comedian was named the most unconventionally sexy man of the year, pushing last year's victor Pointless co-host Richard Osman into third place.
Howard's fellow stand-up comedian Jon Richardson was placed second.
"Thanks - I think - to the people who voted for me," said Howard.
"Finally, I am king of the mingers! It's nice to know I'd be many people's sympathy shag."
Osman said: "I've had the most wonderful year as Heat's Weird Crush, travelling the world and working tirelessly for charity.
"I am so happy to hand over the crown to Russell Howard, a younger and handsomer man."
Heat editor Lucy Cave said: "The new entry from Jon Richardson at number two shows girls do really like a man who claims he has no life or friends.
"But there can only be one winner and although Russell Howard has been hanging around in the Weird Crush chart for several years - this year his fans decided it was his turn for the top spot. Proof that, on Valentine's Day, there's love out there for everyone."
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