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Comic Darren Walsh funniest at the Edinburgh Fringe

Comedian Darren Walsh. Credit: PA Wire

Comedian Darren Walsh has scooped first prize for telling the funniest joke at the Edinburgh Fringe.

I just deleted all the German names off my phone. It's Hans free.

– Darren Walsh

The 39-year-old beat the youngest ever nominee, 12-year-old comedian Grace the Child, who finished tenth with a joke from her show Playground Politics.

He said: "I am delighted to win this award. What a punderful feeling. Thanks Dave."

A judging panel of 10 critics drew up a shortlist of jokes, which were then voted on by 2,000 people.

The winning pun appeared in Punderbolt, Walsh’s first hour-long show in the Scottish capital.

Walsh’s quip beat jokes about Kim Kardashian, hippos and Jesus to win the award, now in its eighth year.

Dave's top 10 funniest jokes from the Fringe Festival 2015:

10: Grace The Child

They're always telling me to live my dreams. But I don't want to be naked in an exam I haven't revised for...

– Grace The Child

9: Simon Munnery

Clowns divorce. Custardy battle

– Simon Munnery

8: Alun Cochrane

The first time I met my wife, I knew she was a keeper. She was wearing massive gloves.

– Alun Cochrane

7.Tom Parry

Red sky at night. Shepherd's delight. Blue sky at night. Day.

– Tom Parry

6: Mark Nelson

Jesus fed 5,000 people with two fishes and a loaf of bread. That's not a miracle. That's tapas.

– Mark Nelson

5: Dave Green

If I could take just one thing to a desert island I probably wouldn't go.

– Dave Green

4. Masai Graham

What's the difference between a 'hippo' and a 'Zippo'? One is really heavy, the other is a little lighter.

– Masai Graham

3. Adam Hess

"Surely every car is a people carrier?"

– Adam Hess

2: Stewart Francis

"Kim Kardashian is saddled with a huge arse ... but enough about Kanye West"

– Stewart Francis

1: Darren Walsh

"I just deleted all the German names off my phone. It's Hans free"

– Darren Walsh