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Friday 26 December 2014

Stand-up Helm wins Edinburgh Fringe gag award

The Dave Funniest Joke of The Fringe 2011 award winner, Nick Helm, with the award in Edinburgh (Dave/PA)
The Dave Funniest Joke of The Fringe 2011 award winner, Nick Helm, with the award in Edinburgh (Dave/PA)

Stand-up comic Nick Helm has got something to laugh about after one of his gags was named the best joke of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Helm 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.

Helm'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."

But there was bad news for veteran entertainer Paul Daniels, who won the wooden spoon for the worst joke of the festival.

He 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'."

Dave general manager Steve North said: "The competition to win Dave's Joke of the Fringe was hotly contested this year with 21,192 performers in more than 2,000 shows across 258 venues. As we continue to establish Dave as the natural home for comedy - whether that's at our live shows or on screen, Nick Helm is a brilliant and thoroughly deserving winner of this year's Dave's Joke of the Fringe."

The best of the rest

Tim Vine

"Crime in multi-storey car parks. That is wrong on so many different levels."

Hannibal Buress

"People say 'I'm taking it one day at a time.' You know what? So is everybody. That's how time works."

Sarah Millican

"My mother told me, you don't have to put anything in your mouth you don't want to. Then she made me eat broccoli, which felt like double standards."

Tim Key

"Drive-thru McDonald's was more expensive than I thought ... once you've hired the car."

Matt Kirshen

"I was playing chess with my friend and he said: 'Let's make this interesting.' So we stopped playing chess."

Andrew Lawrence

"I admire these phone hackers. I think they have a lot of patience. I can't even be bothered to check my OWN voicemails."

Mark Watson

"Someone asked me recently -- what would I rather give up, food or sex? Neither! I'm not falling for that one again, wife."

Alan Sharp

"I was in a band which we called The Prevention, because we hoped people would say we were better than The Cure."

DeAnne Smith

"My friend died doing what he loved... heroin."

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