THE joke officially declared the funniest gag on the Fringe is at least three years old, it was claimed today.
Comedian Rob Auton won the award for his quip: “I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa.”
But today reports claimed the gag had been doing the rounds on Twitter since 2010 - and was even posted by the chocolate firm itself.
It is said to have been used on the BBC’ show the Matt Lucas awards.
Former Taggart actor Colin McCreadie tweeted: “It’s been a very common Twitter joke for years.”
Mr Auton, 30, from York, said: “If I’d heard the gag before then I would not have used it.”
But a Cadbury spokesman said: “We’re not precious. It’s a good gag whoever thought of it first.”
TV channel Dave, who run the awards said: “We’ve no cause for concern.”
Runner-up in the search for the funniest Fringe quip was Alex Horne with: “I used to work in a shoe-recycling shop. It was sole-destroying.”