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This joke is officially the funniest of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe

The best of the best

This joke is officially the funniest of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe
Tom Victor
22 August 2017

The definition of a funny joke is and always has been subjective, but that hasn’t stopped people trying to decide once and for all which ones are the best.

For the last decade, TV channel Dave has held a public vote to determine the best gag of the Edinburgh Fringe, and this year has seen the top honour go to Ken Cheng.

Cheng, who describes himself as a ‘Cambridge University drop-out and now professional poker player’, won the vote with the following one-liner:

"I'm not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change."

Cheng finished just ahead of long-established comedians Frankie Boyle and Ed Byrne, among others, and said of his victory: “I am very proud to have won. As a tribute, I will name my first-born son after this award and call him ‘Joke of the Fringe’.”

Ken Cheng, the winner

You can find some of the other top jokes from this year’s Fringe here, while if you want to know what won the award throughout the 2010s, look no further.

2016 – Masai Graham:

"My dad has suggested that I register for a donor card.  He's a man after my own heart."

2015 – Darren Walsh:

"I just deleted all the German names off my phone. It's Hans free."

2014 – Tim Vine

"I've decided to sell my Hoover… well, it was just collecting dust."

2013 – Rob Auton

"I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa."

2012 – Stewart Francis

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

2011 – Nick Helm

“I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”

2010 – Tim Vine

"I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again."

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