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Jimeoin joke voted among funniest at Edinburgh Fringe

Northern Ireland comedian Jimeoin has been voted at number seven in a poll ranking the funniest jokes at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The funnyman, who was born in England but grew up in Portstewart, was included in the annual public vote for his witty line: "I'm rubbish with names. It's not my fault, it's a condition. There's a name for it..."

Jimeoin - real name James Eoin Stephen Paul McKeown - moved to Australia in his early 20s, which is where he found his early success as a comedian.

The 51 year old has just completed his 24th turn at the annual comedy festival.

Meanwhile, a joke about pound coins has topped the 10th annual award for 'Funniest Joke Of The Fringe'.

Ken Cheng was awarded the accolade with the line: "I'm not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change."

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Ken Cheng is this year's winner (Taylor Herring)

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

Elsewhere, Irish comedian Ed Byrne was voted number eight for his joke: "I have two boys, 5 and 6. We're no good at naming things in our house."

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

Top 15 Funniest Jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe 2017:

  1. "I'm not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change." Ken Cheng - 33%
  2. "Trump's nothing like Hitler. There's no way he could write a book." Frankie Boyle - 30%
  3. "I've given up asking rhetorical questions. What's the point?" Alexei Sayle - 29%
  4. "I'm looking for the girl next door type. I'm just gonna keep moving house till I find her." Lew Fitz - 28%
  5. "I like to imagine the guy who invented the umbrella was going to call it the 'brella'. But he hesitated." Andy Field - 27%
  6. "Combine Harvesters. And you'll have a really big restaurant." Mark Simmons - 27%
  7. "I'm rubbish with names. It's not my fault, it's a condition. There's a name for it..." Jimeoin - 26%
  8. "I have two boys, 5 and 6. We're no good at naming things in our house." Ed Byrne - 24%
  9. "I wasn't particularly close to my dad before he died... which was lucky, because he trod on a land mine." Olaf Falafel - 24%
  10. "Whenever someone says, 'I don't believe in coincidences.' I say, 'Oh my God, me neither!'" Alasdair Beckett-King - 23%
  11. "A friend tricked me into going to Wimbledon by telling me it was a men's singles event." Angela Barnes - 20%
  12. "As a vegan, I think people who sell meat are disgusting; but apparently people who sell fruit and veg are grocer." Adele Cliff - 20%
  13. "For me dying is a lot like going camping. I don't want to do it." Phil Wang - 20%
  14. "I wonder how many chameleons snuck onto the Ark." Adam Hess - 18%
  15. "I went to a Pretenders gig. It was a tribute act." Tim Vine - 18%

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