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Posh and Becks gag tops jokes poll

The joke is on David and Victoria Beckham after a gag about the choice of names for their children was declared the funniest at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The quip, by deadpan Canadian comic Stewart Francis, picked up a fifth of votes in a poll of comedy fans.

His winning joke - "You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks" - comes from his current show Return of the Lumberjacks.

The couple named their four children Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper Seven.

The competition, which has run for five years, is organised by TV channel Dave which enlisted the help of 10 comedy critics to draw up a shortlist of gags before putting it to the vote of 3,000 comedy fans.

Francis said: "1969 West Mall Soccer Association's Most Valuable Player, and now this... thank you, Dave."

He saw off competition by one-liner legend Tim Vine to win and had another entry in the top 10 with: "Last night me and my girlfriend watched three DVDs back to back. Luckily I was the one facing the telly."

Steve North, general manager of Dave said: "As Dave's Funniest Joke of the Fringe celebrates its fifth anniversary it's great to see how the top 10 get wittier and sharper every year. Stewart Francis is a very worthy winner and with his droll quip has proved himself to be king of the one-liners."

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