Adam Rowe has won the award for Dave's Funniest Joke of the Fringe 2018.
Here's the top 10:
#1. Adam Rowe:
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.
#2. Leo Kearse:
I had a job drilling holes for water - it was well boring.
#3. Olaf Falafel:
I took out a loan to pay for an exorcism. If I don't pay it back, I'm going to get repossessed.
#4. Daniel Audritt:
In my last relationship, I hated being treated like a piece of meat. She was a vegan and refused to touch me.
#5. Flo & Joan:
What do colour blind people do when they are told to eat their greens?
#6. Darren Walsh:
I've got a new job collecting all the jumpers left in the park at the weekends, but it's not easy. They keep moving the goalposts.
#7. Justin Moorhouse:
Trump said he'd build a wall but he hasn't even picked up a brick. He's just another middle-aged man failing on a DIY project.
=#8. Adele Cliff:
I lost a friend after we had an argument about the Tardis. I thought it was a little thing, but it seemed much bigger once we got into it.
=#8. Alex Edelman:
Why are they calling it Brexit and not The Great British Break Off?
#10. Laura Lexx:
I think love is like central heating. You turn it on before guests arrive and pretend it's like this all the time.
Adam Rowe is currently performing a show at the Edinburgh Festival titled Undeniable. He first got on stage to do stand-up comedy in 2010 and, a little over a year later, was named Liverpool Comedian of the Year. At this point he quit his bar job to pursue a comedy career.
On his joke claiming the top spot, he says: "I'm absolutely over the moon and quite blown away by this! It's my favourite joke in the show, as it ends the bit I'm most passionate about; trying to dispel a few myths of what it's like to be brought up on benefits. It's such a huge honour, I really never expected to be in with a shout of winning things like this, so it's just a massive but lovely surprise. Thank you very much!"
Jokes were collected up by a panel of comedy critics, which were then presented to a panel involving 2000 members of the public. Speaking about how the award is organised, the channel explains: "The Dave award, which is open to both established and up-and-coming comedians, pays homage to the wealth of talent on offer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and shines a spotlight on the skill of writing a cracking one-liner. To ensure that there is no bias towards well-known or favourite comedians during the public vote, the jokes are listed with no reference to the comedian that wrote and performed them - meaning it is purely judged on the humour of the jokes themselves."
Luke Hales, Dave channel director, says: "This year, the news agenda and every day British idiosyncrasies have provided some wonderful opportunities for comedians to use their creative and comic genius in giving us all a giggle. As ever, we have enjoyed some quite brilliant one-liners and are delighted to crown Adam Rowe as the recipient of this year's Dave's Funniest Joke of the Fringe Award!"
This is the 11th year of the competition...