Belfast Telegraph

Vine voted king of the one-liners

Tim Vine has been crowned king of the one-liners after one of his gags was named the best joke of the Edinburgh Fringe.

The wisecracking comic - who set a world record for his quickfire delivery in 2004 - beat acts including John Bishop to the award created by TV channel Dave.

Tim won for the gag: "I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again."

A panel of judges made up of leading comedy critics scoured dozens of venues at the world-famous Fringe festival for a fortnight to shortlist the best and worst jokes - then they went to a public vote.

They each sat through around 60 performances with up to 7,200 jokes per judge.

Tim - brother of BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy - was delighted with his accolade. He said: "I'm going to celebrate by going to Sooty's barbecue and having a 'sweepsteak'."

The comedian - whose world record saw him get through 499 gags in one hour - is packing audiences in for his current show The Joke-Amotive at the Pleasance Courtyard.

Runner-up was David Gibson (as Ray Green) with: "I'm currently dating a couple of anorexics. Two birds, one stone."

Emo Philips made up the top three with: "I picked up a hitchhiker. You gotta when you hit them."


From Belfast Telegraph