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Edinburgh Fringe funniest joke: Vegetable gag wins top prize

A joke about vegetables has made it to the top of the menu as this year’s funniest at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Swedish comedian Olaf Falafel has won Dave’s “Funniest Joke of The Fringe” award with the niche culinary pun.

He took the title with the gag: “I keep randomly shouting out ‘Broccoli’ and ‘Cauliflower’ – I think I might have florets”.

It is from Falafel’s show It’s One Giant Leek For Mankind at the Pear Tree.

In its 12th year, the prize rewards the funniest one-liner to grace the venues of the festival and celebrates the pool of talent the Fringe has to offer.

The goal of finding the wittiest one-liners fell to an expert panel of 10 judges, comprising the UK’s leading comedy critics.

After scouring hundreds of venues and shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the panel submitted their favourite six jokes.

Without naming the comics behind each one, 2,000 members of the British public were invited to choose the funniest.

Falafel’s gag won 41% of the vote.

Olaf Falafel claims to be “Sweden’s 8th funniest” comedian. He is a surrealist comedian and illustrator and also works as a children’s book author.

He has performed two shows this year in Edinburgh, the first was It’s One Giant Leek for Mankind. His second show is called Knitting with Maracas.

On his joke claiming the top spot, Falafel said: “This is a fantastic honour but it’s like I’ve always said, jokes about white sugar are rare, jokes about brown sugar. demerara.”

Tourettes Action said it was “so disappointed” by Falafel’s gag.

Best of the rest

Ten jokes made the 2019 shortlist. Here are the next nine:

  • “Someone stole my antidepressants. Whoever they are, I hope they’re happy” – Richard Stott
  • “What’s driving Brexit? From here it looks like it’s probably the Duke of Edinburgh” – Milton Jones
  • “A cowboy asked me if I could help him round up 18 cows. I said, ‘Yes, of course. – That’s 20 cows'” – Jake Lambert
  • “A thesaurus is great. There’s no other word for it” – Ross Smith
  • “Sleep is my favourite thing in the world. It’s the reason I get up in the morning” – Ross Smith
  • “I accidentally booked myself onto an escapology course; I’m really struggling to get out of it” – Adele Cliff
  • “After learning six hours of basic semaphore, I was flagging – Richard Pulsford
  • “To be or not to be a horse rider, that is Equestrian” – Mark Simmons
  • “I’ve got an Eton-themed advent calendar, where all the doors are opened for me by my dad’s contacts” – Ivo Graham

Complete the punchline.

Can you remember the winning lines from Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe over the last decade?

  • 2018: Working at the Jobcentre has to be a tense job.
  • 2017: I’m not a fan of the new pound coin.
  • 2016: My dad suggested I register for a donor card.
  • 2015: I just deleted all the German names off my phone.
  • 2014: I decided to sell my Hoover.
  • 2013: I heard a rumour Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar.
  • 2012: You know who really gives kids a bad name?
  • 2011: I needed a password eight characters long.
  • 2010: I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday.
  • 2009: Hedgehogs.

‘A good laugh’

Previous winners of the coveted award include Ken Cheng, Masai Graham, Tim Vine, Rob Auton, Stewart Francis, Zoe Lyons and Nick Helm.

Luke Hales, Dave channel director, said: “What a year it’s been for current affairs and British eccentricities.

“The comedic opportunities to be creative are endless and above all we’ve all needed a good laugh in 2019.

“We have really enjoyed the great anecdotes and one liners submitted this year and we couldn’t be happier to crown Olaf Falafel as the winner of this year’s Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe Award.”

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is widely acknowledged to be the biggest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city.

A culinary pun from Swedish comedian Olaf Falafel takes the prize for top gag at the Edinburgh festival.

60 Edinburgh Fringe one-liners that really deserved to win Funniest Joke

“Why is Henry’s wife covered in tooth marks? Because he’s Tudor”

It’s been 11 years since Dave launched the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, and there have been some worthy winners over the years.

There have, however, been some unlucky losers.

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Get yourself in the mood for the world’s largest comedy festival returning with these priceless jokes and one-liners that failed to win the coveted crown.

55 jokes that should have won Funniest Joke of the Fringe…

“I can give you the cause of anaphylactic shock in a nutshell.” Gary Delaney

“I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. Riveting!” Stewart Francis

“I waited an hour for my starter so I complained: ‘It’s not rocket salad.” Lou Sanders

“Crime in multi-storey car parks. That is wrong on so many different levels.” Tim Vine

“I picked up a hitch hiker. You’ve got to when you hit them.” Emo Philips

“As a kid I was made to walk the plank. We couldn’t afford a dog.” Gary Delaney

“I was watching the London Marathon and saw one runner dressed as a chicken and another runner dressed as an egg. I thought: ‘This could be interesting.’” Paddy Lennox

“I’m sure wherever my dad is; he’s looking down on us. He’s not dead, just very condescending.” Jack Whitehall

“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

“Why is it old people say ‘there’s no place like home’, yet when you put them in one …” Stuart Mitchell​

“I’ve been happily married for four years – out of a total of 10.” Mark Watson

“Apparently one in three Britons are conceived in an IKEA bed which is mad because those places are really well lit.” Mark Smith

“I went to a pub quiz in Liverpool, had a few drinks so wasn’t much use. Just for a laugh I wrote The Beatles or Steven Gerrard for every answer … came second.” Will Duggan

“Brexit is a terrible name, sounds like cereal you eat when you are constipated.” Tiff Stevenson

“I often confuse Americans and Canadians. By using long words.” Gary Delaney

“Why is Henry’s wife covered in tooth marks? Because he’s Tudor.” Adele Cliff

“Don’t you hate it when people assume you’re rich because you sound posh and went to private school and have loads of money?” Annie McGrath

“If you’re being chased by a pack of taxidermists, do not play dead. that work?” Olaf Falafel

“Is it possible to mistake schizophrenia for telepathy, I hear you ask.” Jordan Brookes

“If you’re being chased by a pack of taxidermists, do not play dead.” Olaf Falafel

“I spotted a Marmite van on the motorway. It was heading yeastbound.” Roger Swift

“Back in the day, Instagram just meant a really efficient drug dealer.” Arthur Smith

“I’ll tell you what’s unnatural in the eyes of God. Contact lenses.” Zoe Lyons

“Elton John hates ordering Chinese food. Soy seems to be the hardest word.” Phil Nicol

“Kim Kardashian is saddled with a huge arse … but enough about Kanye West” Stewart Francis

“Surely every car is a people carrier?” Adam Hess

“What’s the difference between a ‘hippo’ and a ‘Zippo’? One is really heavy, the other is a little lighter” Masai Graham

“Jesus fed 5,000 people with two fishes and a loaf of bread. That’s not a miracle. That’s tapas” Mark Nelson

“Red sky at night. Shepherd’s delight. Blue sky at night. Day” Tom Parry

“I never lie on my CV…because it creases it.” Jenny Collier

“If you don’t know what introspection is you need to take a long, hard look at yourself” Ian Smith

“I usually meet my girlfriend at 12:59 because I like that one-to-one time” Tom Ward

“Earlier this year I saw ‘The Theory of Everything’ – loved it. Should’ve been called ‘Look Who’s Hawking’, that’s my only criticism” James Acaster

“I’ve written a joke about a fat badger, but I couldn’t fit it into my set.” Masai Graham

“I wanted to do a show about feminism. But my husband wouldn’t let me.” Ria Lina

“Money can’t buy you happiness? Well, check this out, I bought myself a Happy Meal.” Paul F Taylor

“This show is about perception and perspective. But it depends how you look at it.” Felicity Ward

“My friend told me he was going to a fancy dress party as an Italian island. I said to him ‘Don’t be Sicily’.” Tim Vine

“Never Apologise! Never Explain!” – Sorry, that’s my motto.” Chris Turner

“I remember doing security at the Brits a few years back when it all kicked off between Steps and Jamiroquai. I was the only thing between H and JK.” Simon Evans

“I’m entering the worlds tightest hat competition. Just hope I can pull it off.” William Andrews

“Why are they calling it Brexit when they could be calling it The Great British Break Off?” Alex Edelman

“Words can’t express how much I hate World Emoji Day.” Christian Talbot

“Someone stole my antidepressants. Whoever they are, I hope they’re happy” Richard Stott

“What’s driving Brexit? From here it looks like it’s probably the Duke of Edinburgh” Milton Jones

“A cowboy asked me if I could help him round up 18 cows. I said, ‘Yes, of course. – That’s 20 cows’” Jake Lambert

“A thesaurus is great. There’s no other word for it” Ross Smith

“I accidentally booked myself onto an escapology course; I’m really struggling to get out of it” Adele Cliff

Get yourself ready for the Fringe with these jokes and one-liners that somehow failed to win Dave's Funniest Joke of the Fringe award. ]]>