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The Fringe's Funniest Jokes Revealed


The winner of the fifth annual 'Dave' Award for the Funniest Joke of Edinburgh Fringe has been announced.

A panel of judges, made up of 10 of the UK’s foremost comedy critics probed venues at the world-famous Fringe Festival over a week period to nominate their three favourite jokes. The 30 shortlisted jokes were then put to the public vote, with 3,000 comedy fans selecting the most amusing.

With over a fifth of the overall votes (20.93%), comedian Stewart Francis takes the top spot with this:

“You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks.”

The top 10 featured…

2. Tim Vine - “Last night me and my girlfriend watched three DVDs back to back. Luckily I was the one facing the telly. ”

3. Will Marsh – “I was raised as an only child, which really annoyed my sister.”

4. Rob Beckett - “You know you’re working class when your TV is bigger than your book case.”

5. Chris Turner - “I’m good friends with 25 letters of the alphabet… I don’t know why.”

6. Tim Vine - “I took part in the sun tanning Olympics – I just got Bronze.”

7. George Ryegold (performed by Toby Williams) - “Pornography is often frowned upon, but that’s only because I’m concentrating.”

8. Stewart Francis - “I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. Riveting!”

9. Lou Sanders - “I waited an hour for my starter so I complained: ‘It’s not rocket salad.”

10. Nish Kumar - “My mum’s so pessimistic, that if there was an Olympics for pessimism… she wouldn’t fancy her chances.”

The winning joke is taken from Stewart Francis’s current show, Return of the Lumberjacks, which is on at The Assembly Rooms.

Of his win, Stewart said: “1969 West Mall Soccer Association’s Most Valuable Player, and now this…thank you, Dave.”

Last year's winner was Nick Helm (image 2) and 2010 saw Tim Vine (image 3) take home the award.

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