2014 Edinburgh Fringe

Top 10 jokes at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Dave's Funniest Joke of the Fringe 2014. Tim Vine

Tim Vine has won Dave's Funniest Joke of The Fringe 2014.

19% of those polled picked his one-liner - "I've decided to sell my hoover... well, it was just collecting dust" - as the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This is the second time Vine has won the contest in its seven year history, making him the first person to triumph twice. He previously took the top spot in 2010 with "I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again."

In its mission to find the most hilarious one-liners at the festival, TV channel Dave enlisted the help of a panel of ten judges to seek out jokes. The best shortlisted gags were then put anonymously to the public vote, with 2,000 Brits selecting those they found the funniest.

Tim Vine first performed at the Fringe in 1993 and was awarded Best Newcomer in 1995. His current Edinburgh Fringe show, Timtiminee Timtiminee Tim Tim To You, is a sell-out success at the Pleasance Courtyard, and precedes his first stand-up tour in four years, which is planned for next Spring.

Of being awarded the top spot, Tim Vine said: "I'm a little bit surprised but very delighted. This is the second time I've won this award but I guess nobody loves a repeat more than Dave."

Steve North, General Manager of Dave, commented: "It's great to see a range of established and new comedians in this year's top 10. The award celebrates the fantastic range of comedy on offer at the Fringe, and Tim has once again proved he is king of the one-liners."

The top ten are:

Tim Vine: Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You. Tim Vine

#1. Tim Vine:
I've decided to sell my hoover... well, it was just collecting dust.

Masai Graham

#2. Masai Graham:
I've written a joke about a fat badger, but I couldn't fit it into my set.

Mark Watson: Flaws. Mark Watson

#3. Mark Watson:
Always leave them wanting more, my uncle used to say to me. Which is why he lost his job in disaster relief.

Bec Hill in... Ellipsis. Bec Hill. Copyright: BBC

#4. Bec Hill:
I was given some Sudoku toilet paper. It didn't work. You could only fill it in with number 1s and number 2s.

Ria Lina: Offensive Charm. Ria Lina. Copyright: BBC

#5. Ria Lina:
I wanted to do a show about feminism. But my husband wouldn't let me.

The Incredible Paul F Taylor. Paul F Taylor. Copyright: Universal Pictures

#6. Paul F Taylor:
Money can't buy you happiness? Well, check this out, I bought myself a Happy Meal.

Scott Capurro Islamohomophobia: Reloaded. Scott Capurro. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions

#7. Scott Capurro:
Scotland had oil, but it's running out thanks to all that deep frying.

Kevin Day: Standy Uppy. Kevin Day. Copyright: ITV Studios

=#8. Kevin Day:
I forgot my inflatable Michael Gove, which is a shame 'cause halfway through he disappears up his own arsehole.

Jason Cook: Broken. Jason Cook

=#8. Jason Cook:
I've been married for 10 years, I haven't made a decision for seven.

Felicity Ward: The Iceberg. Felicity Ward. Copyright: BBC

#10. Felicity Ward:
This show is about perception and perspective. But it depends how you look at it.

More Jokes

Honourable mentions go to the following comedians, who just missed out on the top 10:

Ed Gamble: "I go to the kebab shop so much that when they call me boss in there it's less a term of affection, more an economic reality."

James Acaster: "Leadership looks fun, but it's stressful. Just look at someone leading a conga."

Sara Pascoe: "I bought myself some glasses. My observational comedy improved."

However, the voting public didn't like the following gags. They judged them to be the worst one-liners from the options presented to them. 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 (plus, after all, the winner also has a gag in this batch).

"My mate sat on my pumpkin. He butternut squash it." - Leo Kearse

"I had a friend call Iain. Two 'i's... to go with the face." - John Kearns

"I'm lazy - my childhood ambition was to be an injured footballer." - Mike Shephard

"This vodka is drunk by the rapper Sean Combs. P Diddy? Only when he drank a whole bottle." - Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham

"I tried to Google endangered species. They were hard to find." - Suns of Fred

"I'd like to start with the chimney jokes - I've got a stack of them. The first one is on the house." - Tim Vine

More Top 10s

To enjoy more jokes, check out the top 10 from other years:

2016 jokes (Masai Graham won)

2015 jokes (Darren Walsh won)

2013 jokes (Rob Auton won)

2012 jokes (Stewart Francis won)

2011 jokes (Nick Helm won)

2010 jokes (Tim Vine won)

For an exclusive interview with Tim Vine, visit www.joindave.co.uk

Published: Tuesday 19th August 2014

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