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This Joke Is the Funniest One-Liner of 2019

It involves broccoli...
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2019 8:25 AM CDT
Updated Aug 24, 2019 1:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – The world's biggest arts festival—one whose organizers have said is only dwarfed by the Olympics and World Cup in terms of attendance—is almost over in Scotland. But "Dave's Funniest Joke of the Fringe" has already been decided. For the past 12 years, the public has been able to select the funniest one-liner of the fest from a judges' shortlist, and Swedish comedian Olaf Falafel took top honors with a veggie-themed joke. The Guardian explains that 10 judges create that shortlist by each submitting their six favorite jokes made during Fringe performances. Then 2,000 people are asked to pick the funniest; Falafel scored 41% of votes. This year's top 10 winners:

  1. "I keep randomly shouting out 'Broccoli' and 'Cauliflower' - I think I might have florets." The BBC notes it hails from his equally veggie-named show: It's One Giant Leek For Mankind.
  2. "Someone stole my antidepressants. Whoever they are, I hope they're happy." (Richard Stott)
  3. "What's driving Brexit? From here it looks like it's probably the Duke of Edinburgh." (Milton Jones)

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  1. "A cowboy asked me if I could help him round up 18 cows. I said, 'Yes, of course. - That's 20 cows.'" (Jake Lambert)
  2. "A thesaurus is great. There's no other word for it." (Ross Smith)
  3. "Sleep is my favorite thing in the world. It's the reason I get up in the morning." (Ross Smith)
  4. "I accidentally booked myself onto an escapology course; I'm really struggling to get out of it." (Adele Cliff)
  5. "After learning six hours of basic semaphore, I was flagging." (Richard Pulsford)
  6. "To be or not to be a horse rider, that is Equestrian." (Mark Simmons)
  7. "I've got an Eton-themed advent calendar, where all the doors are opened for me by my dad's contacts." (Ivo Graham)
Falafel kept it food themed when commenting on his win: "This is a fantastic honor but it’s like I've always said: jokes about white sugar are rare, jokes about brown sugar … Demerara." (Chuckle over a past winner.)

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