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Comic coins 'funniest joke' of the Edinburgh Fringe

Ken Cheng coined the best gag of the Fringe Credit: UKTV Dave/Martina Salvi/PA

"I'm not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change."

This line secured comedian Ken Cheng the best joke award at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The gag from his show 'Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian' won 33% of a public vote on a shortlist picked by comedy critics for Dave's Funniest Joke Of The Fringe.

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

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'.

– Ken Cheng

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.

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

Here's the rest of the shortlist:

  • "Trump's nothing like Hitler. There's no way he could write a book." Frankie Boyle - 30%
  • "I've given up asking rhetorical questions. What's the point?" Alexei Sayle - 29%
  • "I'm looking for the girl next door type. I'm just gonna keep moving house till I find her." Lew Fitz - 28%
  • "I like to imagine the guy who invented the umbrella was going to call it the 'brella'. But he hesitated." Andy Field - 27%
  • "Combine Harvesters. And you'll have a really big restaurant." Mark Simmons - 27%
  • "I'm rubbish with names. It's not my fault, it's a condition. There's a name for it..." Jimeoin - 26%
  • "I have two boys, 5 and 6. We're no good at naming things in our house." Ed Byrne - 24%
  • "I wasn't particularly close to my dad before he died... which was lucky, because he trod on a land mine." Olaf Falafel - 24%
  • "Whenever someone says, 'I don't believe in coincidences.' I say, 'Oh my God, me neither!'" Alasdair Beckett-King - 23%
  • "A friend tricked me into going to Wimbledon by telling me it was a men's singles event." Angela Barnes - 20%
  • "As a vegan, I think people who sell meat are disgusting; but apparently people who sell fruit and veg are grocer." Adele Cliff - 20%
  • "For me dying is a lot like going camping. I don't want to do it." Phil Wang - 20%
  • "I wonder how many chameleons snuck onto the Ark." Adam Hess - 18%
  • "I went to a Pretenders gig. It was a tribute act." Tim Vine - 18%