Comic Tim Vine was crowned king of the one-liners today after one of his gags was named the best joke of the Edinburgh Fringe.
Wisecracking Vine – who set a world record for his quickfire delivery in 2004 - beat acts including John Bishop to the award created by TV channel Dave.
Vine won for the gag: “I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.”
A panel of judges made up of leading comedy critics scoured dozens of venues at the world-famous Fringe festival for a fortnight to shortlist the best and worst jokes – then they went to a public vote.
They each sat through around 60 performances with up to 7,200 jokes per judge.
Vine – brother of BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy – was delighted with his accolade. He said: “I’m going to celebrate by going to Sooty’s barbecue and having a ’sweepsteak’.”
The comedian – whose world record saw him get through 499 gags in one hour – is packing audiences in for his current show The Joke-Amotive at the Pleasance Courtyard.
Steve North, channel head of Dave said: “This year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe features some 34,265 performances of 2,098 shows in 265 venues with comedy making up 35% of the programme.
“With the Dave Joke Of The Fringe we’ve boiled it down to the best 24 jokes on offer and let the public crown Tim Vine as the winner.”
:: The Top 10 funniest jokes from the Fringe Festival:
1. Tim Vine: “I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.”
2. David Gibson (as Ray Green): “I’m currently dating a couple of anorexics. Two birds, one stone.”
3. Emo Philips: “I picked up a hitchhiker. You gotta when you hit them.”
4. Jack Whitehall: “I bought one of those anti-bullying wristbands when they first came out. I say ’bought’ – I actually stole it off a short, fat ginger kid.”
5. Gary Delaney: “As a kid I was made to walk the plank. We couldn’t afford a dog.”
6. John Bishop: “Being an England supporter is like being the over-optimistic parents of the fat kid on sports day.”
7. Bo Burnham: “What do you call a kid with no arms and an eyepatch? Names.”
8. Gary Delaney: “Dave drowned. So at the funeral we got him a wreath in the shape of a lifebelt. Well, it’s what he would have wanted.”
9. Robert White: “For Vanessa Feltz, life is like a box of chocolates - empty.”
10. Gareth Richards: “Wooden spoons are great. You can either use them to prepare food, or if you can’t be bothered with that, just write a number on one and walk into a pub.”
:: Jokes nominated by judges as the worst at the Fringe included:
Sara Pascoe: “Why did the chicken commit suicide? To get to the other side.”
Sean Hughes: “You know city-centre beat officers... Well are they police who rap?”
Gyles Brandreth: “I’ve got nothing against lesbians. I mean, that’s the point isn’t it?”
Doc Brown: “I was born into the music industry. My dad worked in Our Price.”
John Luke Roberts: “I made a Battenberg where the two colours ran alongside each other. I called it apartheid sponge.”
Sarah Millican: “I bought a cross-trainer to keep fit. I suppose that it’s not enough to just buy it.”
Bec Hill: “Some of my best friends are vegan. They were going to come today but they didn’t have the energy to climb up the stairs.”
Dan Antopolski: “How many Spaniards does it take to change a lightbulb? Juan.”
Andi Osho: “Floella Benjamin is in the House of Lords. How did she get in, through the round window?”
Gareth Richards: “My mother is always taking photographs of me – she said if you disappear tomorrow I want you to look good on the news.”
Emo Phillips: “I like to play chess with bald men in the park, although it’s hard to find 32 of them.”