Award-winning TV channel Dave, the home of witty banter, has announced the winner of the fifth annual Dave Award for the Funniest Joke of the Fringe.
In its quest to find the most hilarious jokes and one-liners, Dave enlisted the help of an elite panel of judges, made up of 10 of the UK’s foremost comedy critics. They probed venues at the world-famous Fringe Festival over a week period to nominate their three favourite jokes. The 30 shortlisted jokes were then put to the public vote, with 3,000 comedy fans selecting the most amusing.
And the winner is…
With over a fifth of the overall votes (20.93%), comedian Stewart Francis takes the top spot and walks away with the hand-crafted Dave trophy and cash prize for his sharp one-liner:
“You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks.”
Of his win, Stewart said: “1969 West Mall Soccer Association’s Most Valuable Player, and now this…thank you, Dave.”
Stewart Francis will return to the Wyvern Theatre on Friday 14 September. Book tickets today at www.wyverntheatre.org.uk or by calling the Ticket Office on 01793 524 481.
See how Stewart’s one liner shapes up against Dave’s Top 10 funniest jokes from the Fringe Festival 2012
· Stewart Francis – “You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks.”
· Tim Vine – “Last night me and my girlfriend watched three DVDs back to back. Luckily I was the one facing the telly. ”
· Will Marsh – “I was raised as an only child, which really annoyed my sister.”
· Rob Beckett – “You know you’re working class when your TV is bigger than your book case.”
· Chris Turner – “I’m good friends with 25 letters of the alphabet… I don’t know why.”
· Tim Vine – “I took part in the sun tanning Olympics – I just got Bronze.”
· George Ryegold – “Pornography is often frowned upon, but that’s only because I’m concentrating.”
· Stewart Francis – “I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. Riveting!”
· Lou Sanders – “I waited an hour for my starter so I complained: ‘It’s not rocket salad.”
· Nish Kumar – “My mum’s so pessimistic, that if there was an Olympics for pessimism… she wouldn’t fancy her chances.”
About the Dave Award for the Funniest Joke of the Fringe
In order to compile the shortlist, each of the judges sat through an average of 60 different comedy performances and sifted through more than 3,600 minutes of material. This meant they each had a potential pool of around 7,200 different jokes to choose from.
The Dave award, which is open to both established and up-and-coming comedians, pays homage to the wealth of talent on offer at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe whilst shining a spotlight on the individual jokes, not just the performances.
Steve North, General Manager of Dave commented: “As Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe celebrates its fifth anniversary it’s great to see how the top ten get wittier and sharper every year. Stewart Francis is a very worthy winner and with his droll quip has proved himself to be King of the one-liners.”