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Tim Vine takes funniest joke at Edinburgh Fringe for the second time

With only a handful of days to go, Car Hire Edinburgh Airport staff have been keeping themselves amused with the announcement of the funniest jokes during the event. 

The funniest joke at the Edinburgh Fringe has been awarded to Tim Vine, the second time he has won the coveted prize, with the first coming in 2010. The quip, short listed by a panel of experts and voted for by the public, has now triumphed over more than 3,000 shows at the Fringe, as prize organisers hailed him the ‘king of one-liners’.

His 2014 joke, picked from more than 7,000 comic offerings, went “I’ve decided to sell my Hoover… well, it was just collecting dust.” The award, organised by television channel Dave, marks the finest one-liners on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe each year.

This year is the largest festival in its history, with nearly 50,000 performances of 3,193 separate shows across 299 venues in the city; an 11 per cent rise since 2013. The size of the festival, which also has a bigger number of female comedians, has meant the toughest year yet for the Dave’s Funniest Joke of The Fringe Award. This year’s list as compiled by a panel of judges who are estimated to have seen 60 shows, 3,600 minutes of material and 7,200 jokes each.

It is the second time he has won the sought-after prize, following his 2010 offering: “I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.” Vine, who is appearing in show Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You at the Pleasance Courtyard, said of his win “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.”

Steve North, general manager of Dave, added “It’s great to see a range of established and new comedians in this year’s top 10. 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.”