Sunday 21 January 2018

It's no joke as holiday quip tops vote

Jonathan Brown in London

ANALYSING humour, it has been said, is a bit like dissecting a frog -- you can do it, but the frog dies in the process.

So it is probably not wise to try to explain exactly why a one-liner by comic Tim Vine has been named as the best joke at this year's Edinburgh Fringe.

The comedian, who is the younger brother of the BBC presenter Jeremy Vine, won the gong, now in its third year, for the following quip: "I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what -- never again."

Of course, it may all be in the delivery.

The crack was chosen by a panel of judges made up of leading comedy critics on behalf of the television channel Dave.

After each judge watched 60 performances by stars including John Bishop, Emo Philips and Sean Hughes, chuckling (or groaning) their way through 7,200 gags each, a shortlist of 24 was put to the public vote, with Vine coming out the winner.

He said: "I'm going to celebrate by going to Sooty's barbecue and having a 'sweepsteak'." (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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