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Monday, August 29, 2011

A little off the Fringe

Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe is a rather hit-and-miss affair, ranging from the odd real game-changer down through a host of pretty good acts to a sea of mediocrity and an ocean of utter dross. I don't, therefore, often go to Fringe comedy, and pretty much never to stand-up. So letting other people do the heavy lifting and viewing the results is what I mostly do. As in:

According to a poll by TV channel Dave, the ten funniest jokes from this year's Edinburgh Fringe are as shown below.

1) Nick Helm: "I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."

2) Tim Vine: "Crime in multi-storey car parks. That is wrong on so many different levels."

3) Hannibal Buress: "People say 'I'm taking it one day at a time'. You know what? So is everybody. That's how time works."

4) Tim Key: "Drive-Thru McDonalds was more expensive than I thought... once you've hired the car..."

5) Matt Kirshen: "I was playing chess with my friend and he said, 'Let's make this interesting'. So we stopped playing chess."

6) Sarah Millican: "My mother told me, you don't have to put anything in your mouth you don't want to. Then she made me eat broccoli, which felt like double standards."

7) Alan Sharp: "I was in a band which we called The Prevention, because we hoped people would say we were better than The Cure."

8) Mark Watson: "Someone asked me recently - what would I rather give up, food or sex. Neither! I'm not falling for that one again, wife."

9) Andrew Lawrence: "I admire these phone hackers. I think they have a lot of patience. I can't even be bothered to check my OWN voicemails."

10) DeAnne Smith: "My friend died doing what he loved ... Heroin."

I don't think #6 is especially funny but like the others. Alan Sharp (#7) is a Facebook friend of mine, though I can't for the life of me remember why. (That's social media for you.)

I did, though, rather like the joke voted worst on the Fringe, from Paul Daniels:

"I said to a fella 'Is there a B&Q in Henley?' He said 'No, there's an H, an E, an N an L and a Y'."


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