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Best 15 jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Care worker Masai Graham scoops the top spot with a gag about organ donation

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A joke about organ donation has been named the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Care worker Masai Graham gained the most votes from the judges with his gag: "My dad has suggested that I register for a donor card. He's a man after my own heart."

The stand-up comedian, who calls himself "General Punochet", said: "It's an incredible honour to land Joke of the Fringe. Not bad for someone from West Brom."

Wordplay seems to be Graham's forte, having won this year's UK's pun championship. He is currently performing in two back-to-back shows at the festival: Aaaaah! It's 101 Clean Jokes in 30 Minutes and the sequel, Aaaaah! It's 101 Naughty Jokes in 30 Minutes.

Runner-up Stuart Mitchell missed out by just two per cent of the votes with his joke: "Why is it old people say, 'There's no place like home' yet when you put them in one…?"

The award, which has been won in the past by the likes Tim Vine, Rob Auton, Stewart Francis and Zoe Lyons, focuses on praising both established and up-and-coming comedians while shining the light on individual jokes, says the Daily Record.

Voters also got to select their most "groan-worthy" jokes of the festival, says the BBC, including Adam Hess's one-liner: "In France, J-Lo is called, 'I have water'", and Darren Walsh's: "What do you call three members of Abba in a French slaughterhouse? Abba trois."

Here's the full shortlist for Dave's Funniest Joke of the Fringe 2016:

1. "My dad has suggested that I register for a donor card. He's a man after my own heart." Masai Graham

2. "Why is it old people say 'there's no place like home' yet when you put them in one...?" Stuart Mitchell

3. "I've been happily married for four years – out of a total of ten." Mark Watson

4. "Apparently one in three Britons are conceived in an IKEA bed, which is mad because those places are really well lit." Mark Smith

5. "I went to a pub quiz in Liverpool, had a few drinks so wasn't much use. Just for a laugh, I wrote The Beatles or Steven Gerrard for every answer. Came second." Will Duggan

6. "Brexit is a terrible name - sounds like cereal you eat when you're constipated." Tiff Stevenson

7. "I often confuse Americans and Canadians. By using long words." Gary Delaney

8. "Why is Henry's wife covered in tooth marks? Because he's Tudor." Adele Cliff

9. "Don't you hate it when people assume you're rich because you sound posh and went to private school and have loads of money?" Annie McGrath

10. "Is it possible to mistake schizophrenia for telepathy, I hear you ask." Jordan Brookes

11. "Hillary Clinton has shown that any woman can be president, as long as your husband did it first." Michelle Wolf

12. "I spotted a Marmite van on the motorway. It was heading yeastbound." Roger Swift

13. "Back in the day, Instagram just meant a really efficient drug dealer." Arthur Smith

14. "I'll tell you what's unnatural in the eyes of God: contact lenses." Zoe Lyons

15 "Elton John hates ordering Chinese food. Soya seems to be the hardest word." Phil Nicol

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