Sunday 26 January 2020

Ed Byrne makes Dave's Joke of the Fringe top 15 shortlist at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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Irish comedian Ed Byrne made the shortlist for Dave's Joke of the Fringe competition but was beaten to the top spot by comedian Ken Cheng.

Cheng's one liner topped a list of 15 jokes compiled by a panel of 10 comedy critics and then voted on by 2,000 members of the public.

The identity of the comedians was not revealed until after voting had finished.

Cheng won for his one-liner, "I'm not a fan of the new pound coin but then again I hate all change".

Byrne was shortlisted for: "I have two boys, 5 and 6. We’re no good at naming things in our house." and came eighth in the list.

Second was Frankie Boyle for his joke about Donald Trump and Hitler, "Trump's nothing like Hitler. There's no way he could write a book."

Here's the full list of shortlisted gags:

I'm not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change. Ken Cheng

Trump’s nothing like Hitler. There’s no way he could write a book. Frankie Boyle

I’ve given up asking rhetorical questions. What’s the point? Alexei Sayle

I'm looking for the girl next door type. I'm just gonna keep moving house till I find her. Lew Fitz

I like to imagine the guy who invented the umbrella was going to call it the 'brella'. But he hesitated. Andy Field

Combine Harvesters. And you’ll have a really big restaurant. Mark Simmons

I’m rubbish with names. It’s not my fault, it’s a condition. There’s a name for it… Jimeoin

I have two boys, 5 and 6. We’re no good at naming things in our house. Ed Byrne

I wasn't particularly close to my dad before he died... which was lucky, because he trod on a land mine. Olaf Falafel

Whenever someone says, 'I don't believe in coincidences.' I say, 'Oh my God, me neither!' Alasdair Beckett-King

A friend tricked me into going to Wimbledon by telling me it was a men’s singles event. Angela Barnes

As a vegan, I think people who sell meat are disgusting; but apparently people who sell fruit and veg are grocer. Adele Cliff

For me dying is a lot like going camping. I don't want to do it. Phil Wang

I wonder how many chameleons snuck onto the Ark. Adam Hess

I went to a Pretenders gig. It was a tribute act. Tim Vine


Other gags that went down a storm at the festival:

I have a jihadist sex doll.  It blows itself up. - Al Porter

"My parents have been married for 40 years.  I don't know how they do it.  They make it look so hard." - Carmen Lynch

"Insomnia is awful.  But on the plus side - only three more sleeps till Christmas" - Robert Garnham

"PC World... you've got to watch what you say in there." - Seymour Mace

"There's nothing wrong with men in their thirties living with their mothers.  They made a film about it.  It's called Psycho." - Tom Allen

"I like to quote Star Wars while having sex.  That's how big a fan I am of having sex." - Ken Cheng

"A lot of people say I'm egocentric - but enough about them" - Phi Nichol

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