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Paul Daniels? We like him not a lot as poll reveals best and worst jokes

Stand-up comic Nick Helm has got something to laugh about after one of his gags was named the best joke of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Helm beat better-known acts including Tim Vine and Sarah Millican to the award.

He won for the joke: "I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."


A panel of 10 comedy critics for TV channel Dave spent two weeks scouring venues in a bid to find the best gags. Their top 30 were then put to a vote of 3,000 comedy fans.

Helm's show, Dare to Dream, marks a triumphant return to this year's festival for the stand-up who made his Edinburgh debut only last year.

He said: "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."

But there was bad news for veteran entertainer Paul Daniels, who won the wooden spoon for the worst joke of the festival.

He won the dubious honour for his gag: "I said to a fella, 'Is there a B&Q in Henley?' He said 'No, there's an H, an E, an N an L and a Y'." Dave general manager Steve North said: "The competition to win Dave's Joke of the Fringe was hotly contested this year with 21,192 performers in more than 2,000 shows across 258 venues.

"Nick Helm is a brilliant and thoroughly deserving winner of this year's Dave's Joke of the Fringe."