Jobcentre joke funniest at the Fringe

Adam Rowe

A one-liner about being removed from office by a centre for Employment has been selected as the funniest joke at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Dave Funniest Joke of the Fringe – now in its 11th year – was won by Liverpool comedian Adam Rowe.

The joke came from his show that is Undeniable.

Supported by 41% of the population who voted for the award was: “the Work at the centre for Employment must be a tense job, knowing that if you get pulled, you still have to come in the next few days.”

Andy Rowe said: “I thought my agent was lying. He phoned me and told me that I couldn’t tell anyone for a week that has been almost impossible.

“I’m massively surprised by it, I’ve never seen myself as being in the running for this kind of things.

“It is a great honour and a real huge surprise.”

Mathematics student Ken Cheng won the award last year, with the line: “I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but again, I hate change.”Improvisation

Adam said the winner of this year came by accident in the course of the interaction with an audience.

“I was doing the usual compering thing,” he said, “asking people what they do for a living.

“One guy said that he worked at the centre for Employment and I’ve told the joke that won the price today.

“Because she has such a reaction of the night, I thought that I had to do something with it as a line. I was not expecting to win a prize for what was essentially a brain fart.”

The best of the rest

Other jokes to make the top ten:
“I had a job drilling holes in the water – it was boring” – Leo Kearse
“I took a loan to pay for an exorcism. If I do not pay back, I’ll be back” – Olaf Falafel
“In my last relationship, I hated being treated like a piece of meat. She was a vegan and refused to touch me” – Daniel Audritt
“What color blind people when you tell them to eat their green vegetables?” – Flo and Joan
“I have a new job of collecting all the jumpers from the left in the park on the weekend, but it is not easy. They keep moving the rules of the game” – Darren Walsh
“Trump said he had to build a wall, but it has not yet picked up a brick. It is just another middle-aged man, to default, on a DIY project” – Justin Moorhouse
“I lost a friend after we had a debate on the Tardis. I thought it was a small thing, but it seemed a lot more once we got into it” – Adele Cliff
“Why are they calling it “brexit”, and not The Great British Break up?” – Alex Edelman
“I think that love is like the central heating. You must activate it before the guests arrive, and pretend that it is like that all the time” – Laura Lex

Dave channel director Luke Hales said: “This year, the news and the daily British peculiarities have provided some wonderful opportunities for the actors to use their creativity and comic genius in giving us all a laugh.

“As always, we have enjoyed some brilliant one-liners, and we are delighted to crown Adam Rowe as the recipient of this year, Dave Funniest Joke of the Fringe Award.”