Ten funniest jokes from this year's Edinburgh festival revealed
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Ten funniest jokes from this year's Edinburgh festival revealed

An off-the-cuff "brain fart" about a Centrelink worker has been named the funniest joke of this year's Edinburgh Fringe.

UK comedian Adam Rowe delivered the one-liner at a performance of his show Undeniable, based on impromptu banter with an audience member who revealed he'd worked at JobCentre, the UK's equivalent of human services department Centrelink.

"Working at the JobCentre has to be a tense job - knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day," Rowe quipped.

The gag was named Funniest Joke of the Fringe by UKTV's Dave, after winning 41 per cent of public votes.

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Comedian Adam Rowe wins the Dave Joke of the Fringe 2018 award. 

Comedian Adam Rowe wins the Dave Joke of the Fringe 2018 award. Credit:UKTV Dave/Martina Salvi

"I thought my agent was lying," Rowe told the BBC about winning the prize.

"I'm massively taken aback by it... I didn't expect to be winning an award for what was essentially a brain fart," he said.

The comedian told UKTV the joke is his favourite in his show, "as it ends the bit I'm most passionate about; trying to dispel a few myths of what it's like to be brought up on benefits."

It's the 11th year the British comedy channel has awarded the prize at the festival. The prize was selected by 2,000 voters, with all jokes listed anonymously to prevent bias towards big-name comedians.

Last year's list, topped by British comedian Ken Cheng, included a gag by Aussie favourite Jimeoin.

Here's the complete list of the top 10 jokes that came out of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018:

1. "Working at the JobCentre has to be a tense job - knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day." - Adam Rowe

2. "I had a job drilling holes for water - it was well boring." - Leo Kearse

3. "I took out a loan to pay for an exorcism. If I don't pay it back, I'm going to get repossessed." - Olaf Falafel

4. "In my last relationship, I hated being treated like a piece of meat. She was a vegan and refused to touch me." - Daniel Audritt

5. "What do colour blind people do when they are told to eat their greens?" - Flo and Joan

6. "I've got a new job collecting all the jumpers left in the park at the weekends, but it's not easy. They keep moving the goalposts." - Darren Walsh

7. "Trump said he'd build a wall but he hasn't even picked up a brick. He's just another middle-aged man failing on a DIY project." - Justin Moorhouse

8 (tied). "I lost a friend after we had an argument about the Tardis. I thought it was a little thing, but it seemed much bigger once we got into it." - Adele Cliff

8 (tied). "Why are they calling it Brexit and not The Great British Break Off?" - Alex Edelman

10. "I think love is like central heating. You turn it on before guests arrive and pretend it's like this all the time" - Laura Lexx

-with AAP

Rob Moran is an Entertainment reporter for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and Brisbane Times.