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Pound coin gag scoops best Edinburgh Fringe joke award

From BBC - August 21, 2017

A joke about the new pound coin has been named the funniest of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Ken Cheng won the 10th annual Dave's Funniest Joke Of The Fringe with: "I am not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change."

The joke, from his show Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian, won 33% of a public vote on a shortlist of gags picked by comedy critics.

Previous winners include Tim Vine, Stewart Francis and Zoe Lyons.

Cheng told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he was surprised the joke won the award because it had been a "groaner".

"Audiences tends to groan at it a lot," he said.

"I am generally going after laughs, but I will take the groan."

Cheng said he came up with the joke when the government announced plans for the new 12-sided 1 coin in 2014.

Asked to pick what joke he thought was the funniest besides his own, he said Frankie Boyle's.

Cheng studied maths at Cambridge for a year before dropping out to play online poker professionally.

His big break in showbiz came when he reached the final of the 2015 BBC Radio New Comedy Award.

On winning the Dave prize, Cheng said: "I am very proud to have won.

"As a tribute, I will name my firstborn son after this award and call him 'Joke of the Fringe'."

The top 15 funniest jokes from the Fringe

1. "I am not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change" - Ken Cheng

2. "Trump's nothing like Hitler. There's no way he could write a book" - Frankie Boyle

3. "I have given up asking rhetorical questions. What's the point?" - Alexei Sayle

4. "I am looking for the girl next door type. I am just gonna keep moving house till I find her" - Lew Fitz

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