Heart donor joke best of Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Comedian Masai Graham, from West Bromwich, who has scooped the 'Dave's Funniest Joke of The Fringe'
Comedian Masai Graham, from West Bromwich, who has scooped the 'Dave's Funniest Joke of The Fringe'

A gag about heart donation has been named the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Comedian Masai Graham, scored the top comedy prize, whose previous winners included Tim Vine, Zoe Lyons and Rob Auton.

Graham, from West Bromwich, scored the ninth annual award for Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe after 27% of respondents backed the line: “My dad suggested I register for a donor card, he’s a man after my own heart.’

Jokes from sets during the festival were shortlisted by 10 comedy critics before 2,000 voters picked the winner.

Graham said: “It’s an incredible honour to land Joke of the Fringe. Not bad for someone from West Brom!”

Comedian Stuart Mitchell came second with 25 per cent of the vote with his line: “Why is it old people say ‘there’s no place like home’, yet when you put them in one...”

Steve North, general manager of Dave, said: “The Fringe is renowned for being the best place to spot new and emerging comedy talent, and although there are some returning contenders in our top 10 this year, there is a high volume of new talent which is very exciting to see.”

Here are the top 15 jokes as voted for by 2,000 respondents

1. “My dad has suggested that I register for a donor card. He’s a man after my own heart” by Masai Graham

2. “Why is it old people say ‘there’s no place like home’, yet when you put them in one...” by Stuart Mitchell

3. “I’ve been happily married for four years – out of a total of 10” by Mark Watson

4. “Apparently one in three Britons are conceived in an Ikea bed which is mad because those places are really well lit” by Mark Smith

5. “I went to a pub quiz in Liverpool, had a few drinks so wasn’t much use. Just for a laugh I wrote The Beatles or Steven Gerrard for every answer... came second” by Will Duggan

6. “Brexit is a terrible name, sounds like cereal you eat when you are constipated” by Tiff Stevenson

7. “I often confuse Americans and Canadians. By using long words” by Gary Delaney

8. “Why is Henry’s wife covered in tooth marks? Because he’s Tudor” by Adele Cliff

9. “Don’t you hate it when people assume you’re rich because you sound posh and went to private school and have loads of money?” by Annie McGrath

10. “Is it possible to mistake schizophrenia for telepathy, I hear you ask” by Jordan Brookes

11. “Hillary Clinton has shown that any woman can be President, as long as your husband did it first” by Michelle Wolf

12. “I spotted a marmite van on the motorway. It was heading yeastbound” by Roger Swift

13. “Back in the day, Instagram just meant a really efficient drug dealer” by Arthur Smith

14. “I’ll tell you what’s unnatural in the eyes of God. Contact lenses” by Zoe Lyons

15. “Elton John hates ordering Chinese food. Soya seems to be the hardest word” by Phil Nicol