Punderful - that’s the verdict of Cambridgeshire comedian Darren Walsh whose joke is voted best of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
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A pun by a Cambridgeshire comedian has scooped the prize for funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe.
The 39-year-old, Darren Walsh, whose show Punderbolt is on at the Pleasance, took first place in the vote by TV channel Dave.
The winning joke was: “I just deleted all the German names off my phone. It’s Hans free.”
Walsh, who won the first UK Pun Championship last year, said he was delighted. “What a punderful feeling,” he said.
It was the eighth year that the joke award has been made. Previous winners include Tim Vine, Stewart Francis, Zoe Lyons and Nick Helm.
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This year saw the youngest comedian make the award shortlist, as 12-year-old Grace The Child claimed 10th place.
Among the top 10 funniest jokes of the Fringe:
- 1 Man charged over death threats to deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner
- 2 BMW driver 'intentionally rammed' Ford car on A142 before fleeing scene
- 3 Man who sent deputy Labour leader threatening email spared jail
- 4 Binmen revolt over alleged bullying, poor pay, low morale and staffing crisis
- 5 Football club ‘disappointed’ after vandals damage toilet facilities
- 6 Lucky Cambridgeshire neighbours win People's Postcode Lottery
- 7 Drug dealer racially abused police officer
- 8 Woman pedestrian in her 50s killed in guided busway crash
- 9 Cambridgeshire hospitals busy and staff tired and abused
- 10 Memorial stone for Cambridge student laid hidden in undergrowth for 80 years
“I just deleted all the German names off my phone. It’s Hans free” - Darren Walsh
“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
“If I could take just one thing to a desert island I probably wouldn’t go” - Dave Green
“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
“The first time I met my wife, I knew she was a keeper. She was wearing massive gloves” - Alun Cochrane
“Clowns divorce. Custardy battle” - Simon Munnery
“They’re always telling me to live my dreams. But I don’t want to be naked in an exam I haven’t revised for.” - Grace The Child
The funniest joke was chosen from a shortlist compiled by a panel of judges, who saw an average of 60 shows each at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
The shortlisted gags were then put to 2,000 people, with no reference to the comedians who told them, who then voted for the jokes they found the funniest.