Comedian’s Incredible Pound Coin Gag Wins Best Joke At Edinburgh Fringe Award

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The art of laughter is a hard craft to master, but according to the Edinburgh Fringe festival audience, this guy has nailed it with a well-timed, totally relatable joke. 

Ken Cheng delivered a one-liner that’s been dubbed Dave’s 10th annual funniest joke of the Fringe, beating the likes of Frankie Boyle and Tim Vine to the punchline.


Pause for effect. Here’s the joke: 

I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change.

Pause for titters.

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The former Cambridge student executed the one-liner during his show, Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian, and it garnered 33 per cent of the popular vote, with 2,000 people delivering their individual verdicts.

Cheng told BBC Radio 4‘s Today programme:

Audiences tend to groan at it a lot. I’m generally going after laughs, but I’ll take the groan.

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’.

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Other contenders included one-liners from the world’s most popular comedians.

Alexei Sayle

I’ve given up asking rhetorical questions. What’s the point?

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Mark Simmons

Combine Harvesters. And you’ll have a really big restaurant.

Tim Vine

I went to a Pretenders gig. It was a tribute act.

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But the maths student turned pro poker player’s joke won the hearts of audiences, after he came up with the play on words when the government announced plans for the new 12-sided £1 coin in 2014.

It’s official: This joke is the currency of laughter.

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Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

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