TV channel Dave has announced the results of its annual 'Funniest Joke of the Fringe' award.
Rob Auton (pictured) has taken the top spot this year, thanks to his gag "I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa."
This is the sixth year Dave has run its Funniest Joke of the Fringe award. In its quest to find the most hilarious one-liners at the Edinburgh Festival, the TV channel enlists the help of a panel of 10 judges to scour shows for potential candidate gags. The top 30 shortlisted jokes are then put to a public vote, which this year involved 2,570 comedy fans selecting which on the list made them laugh the most.
Rob Auton, performed The Sky Show as part of PBH's Free Fringe, first started stand-up in 2008 on an impulse whilst standing on a wall at a fireworks party. The 30 year-old from York has just quit his job selling paint brushes to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time comedy performer.
The gag, which took 24% of the public vote, wins him the hand-crafted Dave trophy and a cash prize. Speaking of his win, Auton says: "I am honoured to receive this award and just pleased that a joke that tackles the serious issue of the invention of a new chocolate bar can be laughed at by the people of Britain."
Steve North, General Manager of Dave, comments: "Now celebrating its sixth year, Dave's Funniest Joke of The Fringe continues to highlight the best one-liners coming out of the Fringe. This year's Top 10 is quick, sharp, witty and clever, and Rob is a very worthy winner."
The top 10 gags in full are...
The following three jokes just missed making it into the top ten...
"Ho Chi Minh City? I say: can't you just let Saigon be Saigon?" - Glenn Wool
"My father was a seismologist. He could never get a steady job." - The Pajama Men
"I'm very arrogant about my balls. I'm egotestical." - Nick Helm
However, the voting public didn't like the following. They judged them the worst one-liners. Of course, if the audience groans that can actually be a great reaction too, so the following comics shouldn't feel too bad about appearing here.
"I thought ex-pats were people who used to be called Pat." - Simon Lilley
"My wife said to me recently, 'Do you fancy going gay clubbing?' I said, 'No, it sounds violent'." - Geoff Norcott
"I once did a gig in a zoo. I got babooned off." - Tim Vine
"Swastika in Geordie means something that used to be a sticker." - Ben Van Der Velde
"What do you call a pink flower that comes back from the dead? A re-in-carnation." - Nikhil Tiwali
"90 per cent of baking injuries are stress-related. There are people up and down the country having mental bake-downs." - Pat Cahill
More Top 10s
To enjoy more jokes, check out the top 10 from other years: