Paul Daniels gets bad joke gong
Published 25/08/2011 | 01:42
Paul Daniels has won the wooden spoon award for the worst joke of the Edinburgh Fringe.
The magician won the dubious honour for his gag: "I said to a fella 'Is there a B&Q in Henley?' He said 'No, there's an H, an E, an N an L and a Y'."
Stand-up comic Nick Helm won the award for best joke of the festival.
He beat better-known acts including Tim Vine and Sarah Millican to the award created by TV channel Dave.
He won for the joke: "I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."
A panel of 10 comedy critics spent two weeks scouring venues in the city in a bid to find the best gags. Their top 30 were then put to a vote of 3,000 comedy fans.
Nick's show, Dare To Dream, marks a triumphant return to this year's festival for the stand-up who made his Edinburgh debut only last year.
He said: "I knew my joke was the funniest joke of all the other jokes in 2011. Thank you to Dave and all the people that voted for proving me right."