The winning joke, officially known as Dave's Funniest Joke of the Fringe and presented by TV channel Dave, was delivered by 39-year-old stand-up comedian Darren Walsh, who told audiences: “I just deleted all the German names off my phone. It’s Hans free.”
If you’re not a fan of puns you might not be rolling around on the floor in fits of laughter. But Walsh’s gag was chosen as the funniest one-liner from this year’s Fringe by a panel of 10 judges who listened to more than 7,000 jokes each during the three-week festival, reported The Telegraph.
A shortlist of jokes was then put to 2,000 people who each voted for their favourite.
Walsh’s joke received 23 percent of the votes, with Canadian comic Stewart Francis coming second with his effort: “Kim Kardashian is saddled with a huge a**e. But enough about Kanye West.”
In third place was Adam Hess with his quip: “Surely every car is a people carrier?”
“I am delighted to win this award,” Walsh said, sharing the news on his Facebook page. “What a punderful feeling.”
Walsh, who was born in Peterborough, is definitely experienced when it comes to delivering puns. He won the first U.K. Pun Championship at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2013 and took part in the O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships in Texas last year. His Fringe show, unsurprisingly, was called Punderbolt.
Check out Walsh in all his puntastic glory here:
Video credit: Darren Walsh/YouTube
Walsh's winning joke made me smile but my personal favourite came from 12-year-old (12?!) performer Grace the Child, whose joke made the top 10: “They’re always telling me to live my dreams — but I don’t want to be naked in an exam I haven’t revised for.”
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