Ken Cheng holding Dave award

Relatable One-Liner Nabs Funniest Joke Award

Ken Cheng scored the top prize in the 10th annual Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. From the BBC, here’s Cheng’s joke:


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


Not only is that some quality wordplay, it also cuts deep. Cheng was surprised to win, stating, “Audiences tend to groan at it a lot. I’m generally going after laughs, but I’ll take the groan.”


Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe / via Meetup


Fans of these sorts of jokes might be interested in checking out Jack Handey’s one-liner classic Deep Thoughts: Inspiration for the Uninspired. While you wait on that, you can check out the longlist of the 2017 Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe:

1. “I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change” – Ken Cheng


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


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


4. “I’m looking for the girl next door type. I’m just gonna keep moving house till I find her” – Lew Fitz


5. “I like to imagine the guy who invented the umbrella was going to call it the ‘brella’. But he hesitated” – Andy Field


6. “Combine Harvesters. And you’ll have a really big restaurant” – Mark Simmons


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


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


9. “I wasn’t particularly close to my dad before he died… which was lucky, because he trod on a land mine” – Olaf Falafel


10. “Whenever someone says, ‘I don’t believe in coincidences.’ I say, ‘Oh my God, me neither!”‘ – Alasdair Beckett-King


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


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


13. “For me dying is a lot like going camping. I don’t want to do it” – Phil Wang


14. “I wonder how many chameleons snuck onto the Ark” – Adam Hess


15. “I went to a Pretenders gig. It was a tribute act” – Tim Vine


Feature image courtesy of The Guardian