2022 Edinburgh Fringe

Dave's Funniest Joke Of The Fringe 2022 won by Masai Graham

Monday 22nd August 2022, 12:00am

  • Masai Graham has won Dave's Funniest Joke Of The Fringe 2022 competition
  • "I tried to steal spaghetti from the shop, but the female guard saw me and I couldn't get Pasta"
  • Other comics in the top 10 - which you can read below - include Mark Simmons, Olaf Falafel and Hannah Fairweather
Masai Graham

Dave has announced its list of the top 10 jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Stand-up Masai Graham was voted the winner of the annual competition with a food pun. The joke, taken from his show Aaaaaaaaaargh! It's 101 Clean Jokes in 30 minutes at Dropkick Murphys, topped the list with 52% of the public surveyed voting it the best gag.

Here is the top 10 in full:

Masai Graham

I tried to steal spaghetti from the shop, but the female guard saw me and I couldn't get pasta

- Masai Graham

Mark Simmons

Did you know, if you get pregnant in the Amazon, it's next day delivery?

- Mark Simmons

Olaf Falafel

My attempts to combine nitrous oxide and Oxo cubes made me a laughing stock

- Olaf Falafel

Hannah Fairweather. Copyright: Karla Gowlett

By my age, my parents had a house and a family, and to be fair to me, so do I, but it is the same house and it is the same family

- Hannah Fairweather

Will Mars

I hate funerals - I'm not a mourning person

- Will Mars

Olaf Falafel

I spent the whole morning building a time machine, so that's four hours of my life that I'm definitely getting back

- Olaf Falafel

Richard Pulsford

I sent a food parcel to my first wife. FedEx

- Richard Pulsford

Tim Vine

I used to live hand to mouth. Do you know what changed my life? Cutlery

- Tim Vine

Sophie Duker

Don't knock threesomes. Having a threesome is like hiring an intern to do all the jobs you hate

- Sophie Duker

Will Duggan

I can't even be bothered to be apathetic these days

- Will Duggan


This is the thirteenth year of the Dave's Funniest Joke Of The Fringe award. The competition sees a panel of judges scouring the festival for one-liners. The shortlist is then anonymised, and a panel of 2,000 members of the public are asked to vote to determine the top 10.

Masai Graham, who hails from the Midlands, previously won the contest in 2016 with the gag: "My dad suggested I register for a donor card, he's a man after my own heart".

Masai Graham

Masai says: "It's great to see the Edinburgh Festival Fringe back up and running again, it's my spiritual home. I was so delighted to find out I'd won the Dave's Funniest Joke of the Fringe award for a second time - I thought 'This is getting pasta joke'".

Cherie Cunningham, Dave channel director, comments: "What a pleasure to be back in Edinburgh! This is Dave's first Joke of the Fringe in three years and the quality of submissions has been incredibly strong. It's a fantastic top 10 full of newcomers and comedy veterans, and it's a delight to crown Masai Graham as winner once more."

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