The annual comedy event draws the attention of many aspiring comedians that flock to Edinburgh, Scotland in hopes of being noticed. The awards offer a £10,000 prize and much needed exposure. The digital TV channel Dave assembled a panel of 10 comedy critics who have spent the past two weeks scouting different venues across the city. Their top 30 funniest picks were put to the test by 3000 fans.
The fans voted and picked the best joke at the Edinburgh Fringe. The winner was comedian Nick Helm’s quip, “I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”
Helm beat last year’s winner, comedian Tim Vine, who came second in 2011 with this joke: “Crime in multi-storey car parks. That is wrong on so many different levels.”
And while the winner will be announced on Saturday, Helm is already celebrating victory in the best gag of the Fringe contest. Not from the shy pack, he commented on his successful zinger: ”I knew my joke was the funniest joke of all the other jokes in 2011. Thank you to Dave and all the people that voted for proving me right.”
Here’s the rest of the funny one-liners that made it to the top ten list.
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.”
4. Tim Key: “Drive-Thru McDonalds was more expensive than I thought… once you’ve hired the car…”
5. Matt Kirshen: ”I was playing chess with my friend and he said, ‘Let’s make this interesting’. So we stopped playing chess.”
6. Sarah Millican: ”My mother told me, you don’t have to put anything in your mouth you don’t want to. Then she made me eat broccoli, which felt like a double standard.”
7. Alan Sharp: ”I was in a band which we called The Prevention, because we hoped people would say we were better than The Cure.”
8. Mark Watson: ”Someone asked me recently – what would I rather give up, food or sex. Neither! I’m not falling for that one again, wife.”
9. Andrew Lawrence: ”I admire these phone hackers. I think they have a lot of patience. I can’t even be bothered to check my OWN voicemails.”
10. DeAnne Smith: ”My friend died doing what he loved … Heroin.”
Check out the hilarious Helm singing “15 Reasons” courtesy of YouTube:
About the Author: Svitlana Kurylo is a passionate writer, who loves life, comedy and firmly believes that laughter is the best cure for all diseases, even warts. She is currently trying to prove to the world that dreams do come true.