Tim Vine wins the award for best one liner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the second time
Tim Vine has become the first comedian to be awarded the “funniest joke” at the Edinburgh Fringe twice, with a one-line quip about a vacuum cleaner.
His joke, picked from more than 7,000 comic offerings, went: “I’ve decided to sell my Hoover… well, it was just collecting dust.”
The quip, short listed by a panel of experts and voted for by the public, has now triumphed over more than 3,000 shows at the Fringe, as prize organisers hailed him the “king of one-liners”.
It is the second time he has won the sought-after prize, following his 2010 offering: “I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.”
The 10 funniest jokes from the Fringe Festival 2014:
- 1. “I’ve decided to sell my Hoover … well, it was just collecting dust” – Tim Vine
- 2. “I’ve written a joke about a fat badger, but I couldn’t fit it into my set” – Masai Graham
- 3. “Always leave them wanting more, my uncle used to say to me. Which is why he lost his job in disaster relief” – Mark Watson
- 4. “I was given some Sudoku toilet paper. It didn’t work. You could only fill it in with number 1s and number 2s” – Bec Hill
- 5. “I wanted to do a show about feminism. But my husband wouldn’t let me” – Ria Lina
- 6. “Money can’t buy you happiness? Well, check this out, I bought myself a Happy Meal” – Paul F Taylor
- 7. “Scotland had oil, but it’s running out thanks to all that deep frying” – Scott Capurro
- 8. “I forgot my inflatable Michael Gove, which is a shame ’cause halfway through he disappears up his own a***hole” – Kevin Day
- 9. “I’ve been married for 10 years, I haven’t made a decision for seven” – Jason Cook
- 10. “This show is about perception and perspective. But it depends how you look at it” – Felicity Ward
Which is your favourite?