Funniest jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival revealed

Comic Masai Graham came out top for the festival's most coveted prize.

Comedian Masai Graham wins the Dave Funniest Joke of the Fringe 2016 award in Edinburgh. <strong>Martina Salvi/UKTV Dave/SWNS</strong>
Comedian Masai Graham wins the Dave Funniest Joke of the Fringe 2016 award in Edinburgh. Martina Salvi/UKTV Dave/SWNS

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is on the home straight but the faint sound of laughter hasn’t quite faded away.

The top jokes of this year’s comedic gathering have been revealed, with comedian Masai Graham taking home gold for his award-winning one-liner: “My dad suggested I register for a donor card – he’s a man after my own heart.”

His gag was voted the best in this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival in TV channel Dave’s ninth annual award. He won over 25% of the vote in a survey of 2000 UK adults.

The most groan-worthy puns included: “In France J-Lo is called ‘I have water'” by Adam Hess and “What do you call three members of ABBA in a French slaughterhouse? ABBA trois” by Darren Walsh.


Masai Graham said: “It’s an incredible honour to land Joke of the Fringe. Not bad for someone from West Brom.”

Steve North, general manager of Dave, said: “The Fringe is renowned for being the best place to spot new and emerging comedy talent, and although there are some returning contenders in our top ten this year, there is a high volume of new talent which is very exciting to see.”

A panel of ten judges, consisting of the UK’s foremost comedy critics, sat through an average of 60 performances, more than 3,600 minutes of material and around 7200 jokes from venues at the festival Fringe over a week to nominate their favourite jokes.

The shortlisted gags were then put to 2000 Brits, with no reference to the comedians who told them.

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