Canadian comic scoops 'top gag', pushing pun-master Tim Vine into second place
IN 2011 it was Nick Helm's "I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves"; this year, comic Stewart Francis's gag has been named the funniest one-liner at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The Canadian scooped the top nomination in the poll, run by TV channel Dave, for writing: "You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks."
Francis's didn't-see-it-coming swipe at the begetters of Cruz, Romeo and Brooklyn pushed Tim Vine, brother of radio presenter Jeremy and master of the quick-fire pun, into second place, reports The Times.
In February, Vine was given an award for the funniest UK gag of the year for his snappy one-liner "Conjunctivitis.com – that's a site for sore eyes".
In the US, Stewart Francis is known for hosting trivia show You Bet Your Ass and appearing on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. Over here, he has toured with Ricky Gervais and guested on Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats. Other comics in this year's Edinburgh top ten included Rob Beckett and Lou Sanders.
The top ten Edinburgh one-liners in full:
1. Stewart Francis - "You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks. "
2. Tim Vine - "Last night me and my girlfriend watched three DVDs back to back. Luckily I was the one facing the telly."
3. Will Marsh - "I was raised as an only child, which really annoyed my sister."
4. Rob Beckett - "You know you're working class when your TV is bigger than your bookcase."
5. Chris Turner - "I'm good friends with 25 letters of the alphabet ... I don't know why."
6. Tim Vine - "I took part in the sun tanning Olympics - I just got Bronze."
7. George Ryegold - "Pornography is often frowned upon, but that's only because I'm concentrating."
8. Stewart Francis - "I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. Riveting."
9. Lou Sanders - "I waited an hour for my starter so I complained: 'It's not rocket salad'."
10. Nish Kumar - "My mum's so pessimistic, that if there was an Olympics for pessimism ... she wouldn't fancy her chances."