A PASTA pun has been named the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe as the award returned for the first time since before the pandemic.
The public voted for Masai Graham as the winner of the Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe with his joke: “I tried to steal spaghetti from the shop, but the female guard saw me and I couldn’t get pasta.”
Graham also won the accolade in 2016 with: “My dad suggested I register for a donor card – he’s a man after my own heart.”
The West Bromwich-born comedian said: “It’s great to see the Fringe back up and running again, it’s my spiritual home.
“I was so delighted to find out I’d won the Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe award for a second time – I thought: “This is getting pasta joke.”
Comedy critics attended hundreds of shows across the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to create a shortlist which was voted on by 2000 members of the public, who were not told the names of those in the running. The rest of the top 10 was:
2. Mark Simmons: Did you know, if you get pregnant in the Amazon, it’s next-day delivery.
3. Olaf Falafel: My attempts to combine nitrous oxide and Oxo cubes made me a laughing stock.
4. Hannah Fairweather: By my age, my parents had a house and a family, and to be fair to me, so do I – but it is the same house and it is the same family.
5. Will Mars: I hate funerals – I’m not a mourning person.
6. Olaf Falafel: I spent the whole morning building a time machine, so that’s four hours of my life that I’m definitely getting back.
7. Richard Pulsford: I sent a food parcel to my first wife. FedEx.
8. Tim Vine: I used to live hand to mouth. Do you know what changed my life? Cutlery.
9. Sophie Duker: Don’t knock threesomes. Having a threesome is like hiring an intern to do all the jobs you hate.
10. Will Duggan: I can’t even be bothered to be apathetic these days.