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Irish Comedian's Joke Voted Into Top 10 Gags At This Year's Edinburgh Festival

By James Fenton

August 22, 2017 at 9:50am

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Are you ready to laugh? Of course you are.

Veteran Irish comedian Ed Byrne has proved he's still got it by having one of his jokes voted in the top 10 best gags at this year's Edinburgh Festival. 

A public vote saw Ed's one-liner finish eighth in the poll and without further ado, here it is:

“I have two boys, five and six. We’re no good at naming things in our house.”

Great stuff. So who beat Ed to top spot? British funnyman Ken Cheng came out on top with:

“I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change.”

Followed by the notoriously-cutting Frankie Boyle with:

"Trump’s nothing like Hitler. There’s no way he could write a book.” 

There'll be no work done for the rest of the day after hearing all that lot.

Here's the full top 15:

  1. “I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change.” Ken Cheng
  2. “Trump’s nothing like Hitler. There’s no way he could write a book.” Frankie Boyle
  3. “I’ve given up asking rhetorical questions. What’s the point?” Alexei Sayle
  4. “I’m looking for the girl-next-door type. I’m just gonna keep moving house till I find her.” Lew Fitz
  5. “I like to imagine the guy who invented the umbrella was going to call it the ‘brella’. But he hesitated.” Andy Field
  6. “Combine Harvesters. And you’ll have a really big restaurant.” Mark Simmons
  7. “I’m rubbish with names. It’s not my fault, it’s a condition. There’s a name for it …” Jimeoin
  8. “I have two boys, five and six. We’re no good at naming things in our house.” Ed Byrne
  9. “I wasn’t particularly close to my dad before he died ... which was lucky, because he trod on a landmine.” Olaf Falafel
  10. “Whenever someone says, ‘I don’t believe in coincidences’, I say, ‘Oh my God, me neither!’” Alasdair Beckett-King
  11. “A friend tricked me into going to Wimbledon by telling me it was a men’s singles event.” Angela Barnes
  12. “As a vegan, I think people who sell meat are disgusting, but apparently people who sell fruit and veg are grocer.” Adele Cliff
  13. “For me, dying is a lot like going camping. I don’t want to do it.” Phil Wang
  14. “I wonder how many chameleons snuck on to the Ark.” Adam Hess 
  15. “I went to a Pretenders gig. It was a tribute act.” Tim Vine

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