In Brief

Funniest jokes from the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe

Swedish comedian Olaf Falafel beats one-liners from Milton Jones and Ivo Graham

A joke about vegetables has been crowned Dave’s “Funniest Joke of The Fringe” at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Swedish comedian Olaf Falafel won the award with the gag: “I keep randomly shouting out ‘broccoli’ and ‘cauliflower’ – I think I might have florets.”

He performed the joke in his show It’s One Giant Leek For Mankind, at the Pear Tree, says the BBC.

The surrealist comedian said of the accolade: “This is a fantastic honour, but it’s like I’ve always said: ‘jokes about white sugar are rare, jokes about brown sugar… demerara’.”

Luke Hales, Dave channel director, said: “What a year it’s been for current affairs and British eccentricities! The comedic opportunities to be creative are endless and, above all, we’ve all needed a good laugh in 2019.”

The task of deciding the funniest one-liners fell to an expert panel of judges, made up of ten of the UK’s top comedy critics.

Two thousand members of the public then chose their favourite gag from an anonymous ten-joke shortlist – nine of which were from men. Olaf Falafel’s quip won with 41% of the vote.

But just how bad were the other nine jokes that shared the remaining 59%?

Here’s the full list of Dave’s top ten funniest jokes of the Fringe 2019

1. “I keep randomly shouting out ‘broccoli’ and ‘cauliflower’ – I think I might have florets.” Olaf Falafel

2. “Someone stole my antidepressants. Whoever they are, I hope they’re happy.” Richard Stott

3. “What’s driving Brexit? From here it looks like it’s probably the Duke of Edinburgh.” Milton Jones

4. “A cowboy asked me if I could help him round up 18 cows. I said, ‘Yes, of course. That’s 20 cows.’” Jake Lambert

5. “A thesaurus is great. There’s no other word for it.” Ross Smith

6. “Sleep is my favourite thing in the world. It’s the reason I get up in the morning.” Ross Smith

7. “I accidentally booked myself onto an escapology course; I’m really struggling to get out of it.” Adele Cliff

8. “After learning six hours of basic semaphore, I was flagging.” Richard Pulsford

9. “To be or not to be a horse rider, that is equestrian.” Mark Simmons

10. “I’ve got an Eton-themed advent calendar, where all the doors are opened for me by my dad’s contacts.” Ivo Graham

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