The 15 Funniest Jokes From The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Revealed

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A joke about the new pound coin has been named the funniest of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Ken Cheng won the 10th annual award for Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe with the line: “I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change.”

The joke, from his show Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian, won 33% of a public vote on a shortlist of gags picked by comedy critics.

Previous winners of the award include Tim Vine, Stewart Francis and Zoe Lyons.

Cheng studied maths at Cambridge for a year before dropping out to play online poker professionally. His big break in showbiz came when he reached the final of the 2015 BBC Radio New Comedy Award.

On winning the Dave prize, Cheng said: “I am very proud to have won. As a tribute, I will name my firstborn son after this award and call him ‘Joke of the Fringe’.”

Frankie Boyle came second in the poll for his line: “Trump’s nothing like Hitler. There’s no way he could write a book.”

The award, which was voted on by 2,000 people, lists jokes anonymously to avoid any bias towards well-known comedians.

Steve North, general manager of Dave, said: “From Trump and veganism to the new pound coin, this year’s news agenda has certainly also provided some great inspiration for comedians to get grips with – it’s fantastic to see that, even after ten years of the Joke of the Fringe award, there is no shortage of brilliant one-liners delivered at the Festival to get us all laughing.”

Dave’s Top 15 Funniest Jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe 2017:

1. “I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change.” Ken Cheng – 33%

2. “Trump’s nothing like Hitler. There’s no way he could write a book.” Frankie Boyle – 30%

3. “I’ve given up asking rhetorical questions. What’s the point?” Alexei Sayle – 29%

4. “I’m looking for the girl next door type. I’m just gonna keep moving house till I find her.” Lew Fitz – 28%

5. “I like to imagine the guy who invented the umbrella was going to call it the ‘brella’. But he hesitated.” Andy Field – 27%

6. “Combine Harvesters. And you’ll have a really big restaurant.” Mark Simmons – 27%

7. “I’m rubbish with names. It’s not my fault, it’s a condition. There’s a name for it…” Jimeoin – 26%

8. “I have two boys, 5 and 6. We’re no good at naming things in our house.” Ed Byrne – 24%

9. “I wasn’t particularly close to my dad before he died… which was lucky, because he trod on a land mine.” Olaf Falafel – 24%

10. “Whenever someone says, ‘I don’t believe in coincidences.’ I say, ‘Oh my God, me neither!”‘ Alasdair Beckett-King – 23%

11. “A friend tricked me into going to Wimbledon by telling me it was a men’s singles event.” Angela Barnes – 20%

12. “As a vegan, I think people who sell meat are disgusting; but apparently people who sell fruit and veg are grocer.” Adele Cliff – 20%

13. “For me dying is a lot like going camping. I don’t want to do it.” Phil Wang – 20%

14. “I wonder how many chameleons snuck onto the Ark.” Adam Hess – 18%

15. “I went to a Pretenders gig. It was a tribute act.” Tim Vine – 18%

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Finding The Funny In Single Parenting

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It’s always great to look at the funny side of life, and new series Thuli no Thulani does this through side-splitting comedy. However, while offering viewers bellies of laughs, the sitcom also focuses on the struggles of single parenting, something that many people in South Africa can relate to.
Starring Tango Ncetezo, Wright Ngubeni and newcomer Slindokuhle Tshabalala, the plot revolves around twins, Thuli and Thulani, who have to adjust to living together again after Thuli has a run of bad luck. This turns playboy Thulani’s life upside down.

“Thuli is a single mom who suddenly comes back into her twin brother’s life after she finds her husband cheating on her. Thuli coming back into Thulani’s life thrusts his life into chaos and the show deals with their daily struggles of being a pair again after so many years apart, and it navigates their issues as they try to raise Thuli’s 11-year-old daughter, Mbali,” said head writer and producer, Rethabile Ramaphakela.

“Thuli soon finds out that her brother lied about being a lawyer and going to law school, so she blackmails him into letting her stay with him in exchange for her not ratting him out to their parents.”

The series also looks at what it means to be a single parent as a twenty-something-year-old.

“How do you still enjoy what is considered the best years of your life while still trying to raise a child? Also, how do you navigate the dating world, love and relationships? These are issues that affect everyone and these issues are amplified when you are a single parent. What the characters realise is that it takes a village and everyone needs to come together and help each other out,” she said.

Ramaphakela said the idea of exploring a twin sibling relationship has been something that has always fascinated her.

“Sibling relationships are always so complex and interesting, but then it obviously gets more complicated when you are a twin and you have to share everything. So we wanted to play with an idea of bringing a twin sister and brother back together again after they hadn’t really been together in years,” she said.

Although only a few episodes have aired so far, the show seems to be growing in popularity.

“People really seem to love it. They are responding well to the characters and story. A particularly popular episode was the one where their parents came to visit and they had to keep up the façade that their lives are still perfect,” Ramaphakela said.

Regarding the comedy aspect of the show, Ramaphakela said they never really know if the audience is going to find it as funny as they do: “You never really know until it airs. But we spend quite a lot of time crafting in the story room and working on the comedy beats of the show in each scene. We sit around the table and read the scripts out loud trying to add more jokes. After that process, we leave it up to the director and the actors to bring the comedy to life. The rest is not in our hands.”

Like any good sitcom, Thuli no Thulani offers a strong concept, an even better script and, finally, the actors that bring it to life.

“We have some very exciting, fresh and funny characters that are sure to get you laughing. We’re also dealing with relevant issues of being a young parent and still navigating your twenties, which is something many people can relate to.

“It’s one of those shows that you can sit down and enjoy with your entire family, as there’s definitely something for everyone, whether young or old,” Ramaphakela said.

Funny And Brilliant

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But the hilariously funny Khanyisa Bunu had this privilege this Women’s Month.

“There is nothing like opening for Trevor Noah, first of all when [Trevor’s manager] Ryan called me… eish I could not believe it. He called me and said ‘You’re gonna open for Trevor Noah’… it never sank in,” Bunu says.

The former teacher turned comedian said four days before the show she had an artistic block… a complete blank.

“Miraculously on the day of the show my creative juices started flowing, I started writing and that material killed,” she laughs.

“It was one of those moments I will never forget, and the audience loved me,” she says, ranking it as a career highlight.

Bunu left teaching nine years ago. It had taken longer for her to realise that her gift of the gab can turn into a fruitful career.

“I was always the centre of attention, regaling my family with stories of my mischievous comings and goings at boarding school.”

After matric, she first registered for law, and never studied for her exams. As a result she failed dismally and admits to wasting her parents’ money.

She had to stay home in Whittlesea, a small town south of Queenstown in Eastern Cape, for a year until she figured out what to do.

Teaching was a way forward because she figured it was “easy”.

“I taught geography and English at Zolani High (in Whittlesea) but I was not entirely happy.”

She came to Gauteng in 2008 and entered a writing competition organised by Maskew Miller Longman publishers. The company published her Xhosa novel Umbhodamo, which is a set book for Grade 8 and 9 in Eastern Cape.

Still, she wasn’t completely fulfilled. After coming across an advert, asking “So you think you are funny”, she decided to enter.

She was confident because her whole life people have told her she was funny. During the auditions in Bloemfontein, she was told the judges don’t laugh – but when it was her turn the judges fell off their chairs.

She made it to the top six.

“As women we need to take courage. Life becomes a maze, we need to discover what we are made for and just go for it.

“Our country needs us as women to stand up and stop the PHD (pull her down syndrome). After all we are the ones who carry men in our wombs for nine months. So how is this a man’s world?”

In 2011 Bunu came back to Joburg and started pursuing her comedy career.

Three years later her career reached new heights as she won the 2014 Savanna Comic’s Choice Audience Choice Award – the first woman to win the coveted award.

Soon after she performed and hosted a number of major headline events, including Kings & Queens of Comedy, Blacks Only and the Comedy Central Roast Battle in 2016.

Bunu has performed on the international circuit too, with outstanding performances in Botswana, Nigeria, Swaziland and most notably at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club in the capital of comedy, New York.

Her most well-known performances have been on Season 4 of Ses Top La on SABC 1 and recent appearances on e.tv’s Scandal.

The hardest thing she has learnt about the industry is that being funny is not enough.

“There are so many other factors which affect your progress, I have never doubted the fact that I was funny. But my dream is to be the most sought-after female performer and comedian in Africa, and my journey is only just beginning.”

Remembering Jerry Lewis! 7 of His Best Quotes and Jokes

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Legendary funnyman Jerry Lewis, who turned 91 in March, died Sunday, August 20, 2017, at his home in Las Vegas.

“He had been slightly ill and spent some time in local hospitals, but came home and was planning on making stage appearances” in New York and Las Vegas, Candi Cazau, his publicist, confirmed on CNN.

Even in his 90s, the legendary comedian and actor kept busy. Just last year, he starred in Max Rose, a drama about an aging musician dealing with his wife’s possible past infidelity. And up until 2011, he hosted the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual telethon, a charity event that has raised more than $2 billion for muscular dystrophy research since it began in 1966.

Lewis has dealt with his share of controversy throughout his career, too, coming under fire for his sometimes racially charged humor and comments about female comedians. But there’s no denying the influence he’s had on American comedy, starting with his days as one half of the legendary comedy duo Martin and Lewis.

Read on for some of Lewis’s best quotes—some funny, some poignant—about work, aging and the secret to comedy.

“I got good health, I still got pretty hair, I’m still rocking. That’s sitting on top of the world about as high as you’re going to get.” —Esquire

“I have always been curious about everything around me. I am intrigued by everything, and that keeps my brain working.” —Las Vegas Sun

“One day I’ll write the real truth down—the real truth. Then I’ll go to the penitentiary.” —Esquire

“I’m taking Lasix, which makes me pee sometimes seven, eight, eleven, twelve times,” he says. “I’ve decided to keep my fly open all day.” —GQ

“I only work for people that I know have the money and they’re going to pay you. I ain’t done too bad.” —Esquire

“I learned from my dad that when you walk in front of an audience, they are the kings and queens, and you’re but the jester,” he says. “And if you don’t think that way, you’re going to get very, very conceited.” —New York Post

“Funny is my life.” —GQ

These Trump Chicken Memes & Tweets Are Funny Enough To Make The President Squawk

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While President Trump “works remotely” at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, this week, a giant chicken will be keeping a watchful eye over 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The inflatable Trump chicken outside the White House was first spotted late Wednesday afternoon, and its appearance provided a brief, and admittedly much needed, respite from the onslaught of news about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.

The 23-foot prop — which dons the president’s iconic bright combover — was the brainchild of Taran Singh Brar, a documentary filmmaker who, you can probably guess, doesn’t exactly have a very high opinion of the President.

“We’re here to criticize the president as a weak and ineffective leader,” Singh Brar said, according to ABC News. “He’s too afraid to release his tax returns, too afraid to stand up to Vladimir Putin, and now he’s playing chicken with North Korea.”

Singh Brar set up the now-viral symbol, which he affectionately dubbed “Chicken Don,” around 10 a.m. on the White House Lawn, where it perplexed and entertained onlookers for the remainder of the afternoon. The Trump Chicken even grabbed the attention of a national audience, with at least one news outlet setting up a Facebook Live stream of the prop’s ominous floating.

Needless to say, this is what memes are made of. Here are some of the best Twitter reactions to the nation’s newest icon, Trump Chicken.

Cedar Point Named Best Beach Amusement Park

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Every week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, our readers are voting for the best spots of the summer—and this week’s winner for the Best Beach Amusement Park is Cedar Point, in Sandusky, Ohio!

With a legacy dating back to 1870, Cedar Point (the second-oldest amusement park in North America) combines the joys of old-fashioned amusements with the thrills of a 21st-century theme park. This year, the park debuted a water park, and in 2016, its Valravn dive coaster broke records. Its 364-acre grounds command a prime position overlooking Lake Erie, earning the rides, games, restaurants, and shows bonus points for their scenic setting.

Cedar Point is a prime escape for families: Its 70 rides, including 17 world-class roller coasters, offer entertaining options to thrill-seekers of all levels. Those who would rather avoid all rides can stick to the many shows, games—including an augmented reality game—and other attractions, such as Dinosaurs Alive!, which boasts more than 50 animatronic prehistoric creatures. The millions of people who visit Cedar Point every year already know its delights, but if you haven’t been yet, what are you waiting for?

Congratulations to last week’s winner for Best Beach Ice Cream Shop, Calabash Creamery in Calabash, North Carolina! Click here to see all the winners so far, and don’t forget to vote in this week’s competition: Who Brews the Best Beer on the Coast? Keep an eye on our Best of Summer 2017 voting schedule to make sure you don’t miss a single competition!

Funny Thing Happened To Harbaugh On The Way To The Forum

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CHICAGO (AP) — Presenting the pope with a Michigan football helmet and a pair of Air Jordans wasn’t the only highlight in Jim Harbaugh’s trip to Rome this spring.

The jaunt went so well you half-expected the Wolverines coach to pull out a map and show slides of his young squad sampling historical sites instead of answering the usual questions during his appearance at the Big Ten media days event Tuesday.

“The best thing I’ve ever done personally as a part of a football team,” Harbaugh said.

“We’re at the Colosseum, at the Forum, and you learn so many things along the way,” he marveled a moment later. “The Colosseum has been around for 600 years, it’s been active for 600 years. Around here, 30, 40 years as a stadium and they tear it down. Amazing, really.”

Whether Harbaugh asked the pontiff to bless Michigan’s fortunes this season wasn’t known. But it would be hard to blame him for asking.

After starting last season with nine straight wins, the Wolverines staggered home by losing three of their last four, including a heart-breaking, double-overtime clunker to Ohio State in Columbus and then a 33-32 loss to Florida State at the Orange Bowl.

On top of that, Harbaugh lost more starters than any major college team — 17, assuming Wilton Speight returns at quarterback — and all but one on what was the top-ranked defense in America. He’ll also be fielding one of the youngest team in the league.

On the flip side, after adapting to players brought in by predecessor Brady Hoke, Harbaugh will finally have a majority of his recruits in the lineup. Several members of last year’s highly touted class — Rashan Gary, Chris Evans, Michael Onwenu and Devin Bush Jr. — could be on the verge of breakout years.

“The amount of growth that you can have from doing something for the first time and then doing it the next time or the second time, can be the biggest leap they have their entire college year, going from freshman year to sophomore year,” Harbaugh said. “So I’m excited for that class.”

Whether Harbaugh’s sometimes-wacky bonding experiments will pay dividends soon enough to get past rival Ohio State and end Michigan’s 13-year title drought remains to be seen. But it should be evident whether the trip to Rome was a success in terms of team-building, since Michigan opens the season Sept. 2 with a stern test against Florida in Arlington, Texas.

No one anticipates the answer more than Harbaugh himself.

“Probably a good factor in giving us motivation and to get ready because we know just how good they are,” he said about the Gators. “And college football has always been unique.

“It’s the only sport that I can think of that doesn’t have a preseason or exhibition season. No spring training, no preseason game. So you go right into your first game,” he said, breaking into a wide smile, “and that counts.”