2016 Edinburgh Fringe

Top jokes at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Masai Graham

Masai Graham has won the award for Dave's Funniest Joke of the Fringe 2016.

The West Bromwich-based comic wrote the gag which 27% of the respondents of Dave's annual poll voted their funniest joke of the Fringe. It is: "My dad suggested I register for a donor card, he's a man after my own heart."

This is the third year Masai Graham has appeared in the Top 10 of the competition, but the first time he has taken the top spot. He said: "I'm proud and honoured to win Joke of the Fringe. The funny thing is that it was Dave's Joke of The Fringe that inspired me to become a comic. I remember picking up the paper years ago, reading the top 10 gags and wondering if I could write a decent one myself, so it feels fantastic to have actually won!"

Here's the top 15 in full.

Masai Graham

#1. Masai Graham:
My dad has suggested that I register for a donor card. He's a man after my own heart.

Stuart Mitchell: Dealt a Bad Hand. Stuart Mitchell

#2. Stuart Mitchell:
Why is it old people say "there's no place like home", yet when you put them in one...

Mark Watson: I'm Not Here. Mark Watson

#3. Mark Watson:
I've been happily married for four years - out of a total of 10.

Mark Smith: Old Smudge. Mark Smith

#4. Mark Smith:
Apparently 1 in 3 Britons are conceived in an IKEA bed, which is mad because those places are really well lit.

Will Duggan: A Man Gathering Fish. Will Duggan

#5. Will Duggan:
I went to a pub quiz in Liverpool, had a few drinks so wasn't much use. Just for a laugh I wrote The Beatles or Steven Gerrard for every answer... came second.

Tiff Stevenson: Seven. Tiffany Stevenson

#6. Tiff Stevenson:
Brexit is a terrible name, sounds like cereal you eat when you are constipated.

Gary Delaney: There's Something About Gary. Gary Delaney

#7. Gary Delaney:
|I often confuse Americans and Canadians. By using long words.

Adele Cliff

#8. Adele Cliff:
Why is Henry's wife covered in tooth marks? Because he's Tudor.

Annie McGrath: The Seven Ages of An. Annie McGrath

#9. Annie McGrath:
Don't you hate it when people assume you're rich because you sound posh and went to private school and have loads of money?

Jordan Brookes: The Making Of. Jordan Brookes

#10. Jordan Brookes:
Is it possible to mistake schizophrenia for telepathy, I hear you ask.

Michelle Wolf: So Brave. Michelle Wolf

#11. Michelle Wolf:
Hilary Clinton has shown that any woman can be President, as long as your husband did it first.

Best Of Teknicolour Smoof (With Roger Swift)

#12. Roger Swift:
I spotted a marmite van on the motorway. It was heading yeastbound.

Arthur Smith - Mindlessness: A Beginner's Guide. Arthur Smith

#13. Arthur Smith:
Back in the day, Instagram just meant a really efficient drug dealer.

Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit. Zoe Lyons

#14. Zoe Lyons:
I'll tell you what's unnatural in the eyes of God. Contact lenses.

Phil Nichol: Twenty. Phil Nichol

#15. Phil Nichol:
Elton John hates ordering Chinese food. Soya seems to be the hardest word..

The Dave award, which is open to both established and up-and-coming comedians, has been running for nine years now. The channel says "It pays homage to the wealth of talent on offer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe whilst shining a spotlight on the individual jokes, not just the performances. In fact, so as to ensure the jokes are ranked fairly, the comedian's name or show are not revealed during the voting process - it is purely down to the jokes themselves."

In its mission to find the best one-liners, Dave enlisted the help of an expert panel of ten judges, consisting of the UK's foremost comedy critics. They scoured venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe over a week-long period to nominate their five favourite jokes. The shortlisted gags were then put to 2,000 Brits, with no reference to the comedians who told them, who then voted for the jokes they found the funniest.

Steve North, General Manager of Dave, commented: "The Fringe is renowned for being the best place to spot new and emerging comedy talent, and although there are some returning contenders in our top 10 this year, there is a high volume of new talent which is very exciting to see."

Previous years

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

2015 jokes (Darren Walsh won)

2014 jokes (Tim Vine won)

2013 jokes (Rob Auton won)

2012 jokes (Stewart Francis won)

2011 jokes (Nick Helm won)

2010 jokes (Tim Vine won)

Published: Tuesday 23rd August 2016

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