It's been announced that the best joke at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 is that of Ken Cheng.
“I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change".
Sponsored by UKTV Dave, Ken's joke is based on the redesign of the British Pound coin earlier this year. The 'Funniest Joke of the Year' at Fringe is in it's 10th year. The top jokes are picked by a panel of 10 comedy critics and then awarded via a 2,000 strong public vote. Jokes are submitted anonymously so not to bias well known comedians, with this year's shortlist including the comedians Alexi Sayle, Tim Vine, Ed Byrne and Frankie Boyle. Cheng won with 33% of this year's vote.
Cheng studied maths at Cambridge University before dropping out to play professional online poker. His comedy big break came in 2015 when he reached the final of the BBC Radio New Comedy award. Claiming the accolade, Cheng said "I am very proud to have won. As a tribute, I will name my first born son after this award and call him 'Joke of the Fringe'."
Dave's General Manager, Steve North, said "From Trump and veganism to the new pound coin, this year's news agenda has certainly also provided some great inspiration for comedians to get grips with. It's fantastic to see that, even after ten years of the Joke of the Fringe award, there is no shortage of brilliant one-liners delivered at the Festival to get us all laughing."
The Best Jokes 2015 are:
1. I'm not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change. Ken Cheng
2. Trump’s nothing like Hitler. There’s no way he could write a book. Frankie Boyle
3. I’ve given up asking rhetorical questions. What’s the point? Alexei Sayle
4. I'm looking for the girl next door type. I'm just gonna keep moving house till I find her. Lew Fitz
5. I like to imagine the guy who invented the umbrella was going to call it the 'brella'. But he hesitated. Andy Field
6. Combine Harvesters. And you’ll have a really big restaurant. Mark Simmons
7. I’m rubbish with names. It’s not my fault, it’s a condition. There’s a name for it. Jimeoin
8. I have two boys, 5 and 6. We’re no good at naming things in our house. Ed Byrne
9. I wasn't particularly close to my dad before he died. Which was lucky, because he trod on a land mine. Olaf Falafel
10. Whenever someone says "I don't believe in coincidences." I say "Oh my God, me neither!" Alasdair Beckett-King
11. A friend tricked me into going to Wimbledon by telling me it was a men’s singles event. Angela Barnes
12. As a vegan, I think people who sell meat are disgusting; but apparently people who sell fruit and veg are grocer. Adele Cliff
13. For me dying is a lot like going camping. I don't want to do it. Phil Wang
14. I wonder how many chameleons snuck onto the Ark. Adam Hess
15. I went to a Pretenders gig. It was a tribute act. Tim Vine
Previous winners of the award include Masai Graham, Tim Vine, Rob Auton, Stewart Francis, Zoe Lyons and Nick Helm. Masai Graham won in 2016 with the joke "My dad suggested I register for a donor card. He's a man after my own heart."