12th Dave’s Funniest Joke of The Fringe Award

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 20th August 2019

In its 12th year, Dave’s “Funniest Joke of The Fringe” award has been awarded. The prize rewards the funniest one-liner to grace the venues of the festival and celebrates the pool of talent the Edinburgh Fringe has to offer.

The goal of finding the wittiest one-liners falls to an expert panel of 10 judges, comprising the UK’s leading comedy critics.

After scouring hundreds of venues and shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the panel submitted their favourite six jokes.

Without naming the comics behind each one, 2,000 members of the British public were invited to choose the funniest.

Swedish comedian Olaf Falafel has won Dave’s “Funniest Joke of The Fringe” award with the niche culinary pun.

Falafel’s gag won 41% of the vote.

Here is a list of winners for the 12 years.

1 2008 ‘I can’t believe Amy Winehouse self-harms. She’s so irritating she must be able to find someone to do it for her’
2 2009 “Hedgehogs. Why can’t they just share the hedge?” Dan Antopolski
3 2010 “I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.” Tim Vine
4 2011 “I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” Nick Helm
5 2012 You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks. Stewart Francis
6 2013 I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa. Rob Auton
7 2014 “I’ve decided to sell my hoover… well, it was just collecting dust.” – Tim Vine
8 2015 I just deleted all the German names off my phone. It’s Hans free. Darren Walsh
9 2016 My dad suggested I register for a donor card, he’s a man after my own heart. Masai Graham
10 2017 I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change. Ken Cheng
11 2018 “Working at the Jobcentre has to be a tense job – knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day.” Adam Rowe
12 2019 I keep randomly shouting out ‘broccoli’ and ‘cauliflower’ – I think I might have florets. – Olaf Falafel

Zoe Lyons took the first award in 2008. Being a big Amy Winehouse fan I have to say I am a little uncomfortable with this joke but this is how it was reported at the time:

Zoe Lyons takes award

Zoe Lyons officially has the funniest joke on the Edinburgh Fringe, after scooping a new award.

Her line: ‘I can’t believe Amy Winehouse self-harms. She’s so irritating she must be able to find someone to do it for her’ topped an online poll organised by digital TV channel Dave.

A panel of comedy critics drew up a shortlist of 30 jokes, which were then put up for a public vote. Brighton-based Lyons, 33, took the title – and £1,000 – after winning 12 per cent of the votes.

She said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to have won the award. I know self-harming is not funny but it’s just a joke, so I’m not going to beat myself up about it!’

Second was Andrew Lawrence’s line: ‘Most of us have a skeleton in the cupboard. David Beckham takes his out in public.’

Third was Lloyd Langord’s: ‘My girlfriend said “Did you know that hippopotamuses kill more people every year than guns?”. “Yes,” I said, “but a gun is easier to conceal”

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