Gold launches 2022 Christmas cracker joke competition

Monday 3rd October 2022, 9:43am

  • TV channel Gold's annual Christmas cracker joke writing competition is open for entries until Monday 17th October 2022
  • To enter, you need to tweet an original family friendly festive joke that put a comedy twist on the news agenda or pop culture
Gold Christmas Cracker Jokes. Copyright: UKTV

TV channel Gold has announced the return of its annual Christmas cracker joke competition, which challenges people to write their best festive gags inspired by the events of the last 12 months.

Last year's winner, crowned by public vote, was a topical gag about the rising cost of fuel, which read: "Why are people cutting back on Brussels sprouts this Christmas? The cost of gas is too high". The winning joke from 2020 was a lockdown-themed jest about political advisor Dominic Cumming's drive to Barnard Castle during Covid restrictions: "What is Dominic Cummings' favourite Christmas song? Driving Home for Christmas."

The organisers say: "Gold has once again launched the joke-writing competition to encourage the nation to get creative with a comedy Christmas twist on current events and trends. From sporting moments such as England's Lionesses winning the Euros, to political and pop culture events such as Boris Johnson's resignation and Will Smith's Oscar slap, the aim is to get the country chuckling and keep spirits high this Christmas."

The winner will receive £1,500 experience vouchers, a festive-themed food and drink hamper and their joke will be included in a personalised set of crackers ready to pull on the big day. The nine runners-up will also receive a festive Christmas hamper and a box of bespoke Gold Christmas crackers, which include the top six winning jokes.

The best jokes will be shortlisted by a panel led by comedy critic and editor of comedy website Beyond The Joke, Bruce Dessau. He says: "This competition is a wonderful opportunity for the British public to share their best comedic offerings. As a nation, we've got a great collective sense of humour, so it's a pleasure to be able to read all the fantastic entries each year. As the age old saying goes, "if you don't laugh..."

Gerald Casey, Gold channel director, adds: "Each year it puts a smile on my face to know that the British public are able to reflect with an unwavering sense of humour and I'm so pleased Gold's Christmas Cracker competition is still going strong ten years on."

How to enter

The competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 and over.

The deadline to enter is 23:59 on Monday 17th October 2022.

Gold is looking for the most original festive jokes that put a comedy twist on the news agenda or pop culture across the past year. Jokes must be original content and suitable for a family audience (e.g. no swear words or offensive content).

To submit, tweet a Christmas-themed joke via your personal Twitter account including #GoldCrackers.

The joke entry must be included within one tweet (i.e. not be more than 280 characters), including #GoldCrackers.

There is no limit to the number of entries you can make.

All entrants must follow @GoldChannel (so they can DM you if you win) - but the @GoldChannel twitter handle does not need to be included in the joke entry.

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