Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Paul Daniels gets bad joke gong

Magician Paul Daniel's joke at Edinburgh failed to impress

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."

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