TIM Vine has become the first comedian to win the Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe award for the second time.
His gag – “I decided to sell my hoover . . . well it was just collecting dust” – was chosen as the highlight of this August’s extravaganza. Vine, brother of Panorama presenter Jeremy, also triumphed in 2010 with “I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.”
Nearly a fifth (19 per cent) of those who took part in a public vote picked the stand-up’s joke as the funniest.
It beat off competition from Masai Graham with “I’ve written a joke about a fat badger, but I couldn’t fit it into my set.”
Third place went to Mark Watson for his gag “Always leave them wanting more, my uncle used to say to me. Which is why he lost his job in disaster relief.”
Three female comedians also feature in this year’s top ten as jokes from Bec Hill, Ria Lina and Felicity Ward proved to tickle the nation’s funnybone.
Vine said: “I’m a little bit surprised but very delighted. This is the second time I’ve won this award, but I guess nobody loves a repeat more than Dave.”
In order to compile their shortlist, judges sat through an average of 60 different comedy performances and sifted through more than 3600 minutes of material, leaving them with more than 7000 jokes to choose from.
Steve North, general manager of Dave, said: “It’s great to see a range of established and new comedians in this year’s top ten.
“The award celebrates the fantastic range of comedy on offer at the Fringe, and Tim has once again proved he is king of the one-liners.”