Fringe cringe: are Edinburgh jokes less funny than before?
Judge for yourself with a look back at the winning jokes from the previous five years
ARE THIS year's winning jokes at the Edinburgh Fringe less funny and original they they have been in the past? Some commentators argue that the standard has fallen, with journalist Rob Crilly tweeting that the selection this year was mostly comprised of "pretty poor puns".
The award for best joke went to Rob Auton for: "I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa." Second was Alex Horne with "I used to work in a shoe-recycling shop. It was sole-destroying." Third was Alfie Moore: "I'm in a same-sex marriage... the sex is always the same."
As DarkCygnet asks on Twitter: "What's happened to incisive wit or biting satire? Has the dictatorial PC mafia stifled humour now?"
Judge for yourself. Here are the top three from the past five years:
1. Stewart Francis: "You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks."
2. Tim Vine: "Last night me and my girlfriend watched three DVDs back to back. Luckily I was the one facing the telly. "
3. Will Marsh: "I was raised as an only child, which really annoyed my sister."
1. Nick Helm: "I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."
2. Tim Vine: "Crime in multi-storey car parks. That is wrong on so many different levels."
3. Hannibal Buress: "People say 'I'm taking it one day at a time'. You know what? So is everybody. That's how time works."
1. Tim Vine: "I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again."
2. David Gibson: "I'm currently dating a couple of anorexics. Two birds, one stone."
3. Emo Philips: "I picked up a hitch hiker. You've got to when you hit them."
1. Dan Antolpolski: "Hedgehogs - why can't they just share the hedge?"
2. Paddy Lennox: "I was watching the London Marathon and saw one runner dressed as a chicken and another runner dressed as an egg. I thought: 'This could be interesting.'
3. Sarah Millican: "I had my boobs measured and bought a new bra. Now I call them Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes because they're up where they belong."
1. Zoe Lyons: "I can't believe Amy Winehouse self-harms. She's so irritating she must be able to find someone to do it for her."
2. Andrew Laurence: "Most of us have a skeleton in the cupboard. David Beckham takes his out in public."
3. Lloyd Langford: "My girlfriend said 'did you know that hippopotamuses kill more people every year than guns?'. 'Yes,' I said, 'but a gun is easier to conceal'." ·