EACH YEAR, the general public are capable of vote on the funniest joke on the Fringe from a shortlist drawn up by comedy critics and introduced by TV channel Dave.
The recipient of this 12 months’s award was comic Lorna Rose Treen, who drew 44% of the vote for her pun: “I began relationship a zookeeper, but it surely turned out he was a cheetah.”
The joke appeared in Treen’s comedy present Pores and skin Pigeon, during which the comedian performs a mess of various characters.
Treen’s present marks her debut on the Fringe, and has turn out to be the primary girl since 2008 to win the award, when Zoe Lyons took the title.
Treen has acknowledged the corniness of the pun, saying: “Are you kidding? I can’t wait to inform my mum!
“It’s already such an exquisite pleasure to be debuting on the Edinburgh Fringe this 12 months, and it is a pretty factor on prime. An enormous thanks for awarding my silly joke with this title!”
Following Dave’s announcement of the joke that gained their “coveted” award although, social media customers have been left unimpressed, even describing the gong as “Britain’s most poisoned chalice”.
One person stated: “Britain’s most poisoned chalice. Would relatively be taught that certainly one of my relations was the cat bin girl than they’d gained the coveted Greatest Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe award.”
One other person wrote: “The funniest joke on the Edinburgh Fringe award is as soon as once more making me surprise if a single humorous joke was instructed up there this 12 months.”
A 3rd added: “That is the primary 12 months that I’ve thought the funniest Edinburgh Fringe joke is completely poor, Christmas cracker poor. I’m not even going to repeat it or hyperlink to it.”
One other replied: “Congratulations to the worth of a beer in a pop-up bar for as soon as once more being the funniest joke on the Edinburgh Fringe.”
A fifth commented: “‘I began up to now a zookeeper, but it surely turned out he was a cheetah’. That apparently was one of the best joke on the Edinburgh Fringe.”
Nevertheless, not the entire suggestions was fully damaging, with one person saying: “The response to the winner of the Edinburgh Fringe funniest joke has been actually bizarre.
“Undecided why individuals are getting so wound up over it. Seen the winner being referred to as all types of names – unsure why?”
One other tried to justify the joke’s cheesiness: “I haven’t seen Lorna Rose Treen’s present however I do know she’s a personality comic, and I noticed a tweet saying that the zookeeper joke is a purposefully dangerous/nonsensical joke in character which does make sense.
“But additionally: wasn’t this confusion fully predictable as soon as that joke was picked?”
The winner of the 2022 award, Masai Graham, was a runner-up on this 12 months’s vote, with the quip: “I assumed I’d begin off with a joke about The Titanic – simply to interrupt the ice.”