Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Newsflip - humour lost in transit

Yesterday's news brought conclusive proof that "you had to be there" is a verifiable law of Physics. Comedian Tim Vine won the award for the FUNNIEST JOKE at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Suprisingly, the rib-tickling line is not copyrighted and hidden in secrecy, only to be revealed on very special occasions, and so Always Hope is able to pass it on to you now. Please sit down, secure your sides and head, and read:
"I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again."
There you go.
It might be just me, but it didn't seem to hit the spot when I read it, and I guess snappy one-liners can't be pinned to the printed page. I could imagine laughing at it, but I just didn't. It's the way you tell 'em, after all. The oddest thing about this is that they also gave prizes for the worst jokes, but if you weren't told which were which, you would be hard pushed to tell the difference. One guy told the worst joke of the Fringe this year, but last year had the best. Could you put them the right way round?:
"Hedgehogs - why can't they just share the hedge?"

"How many Spaniards does it take to change a lightbulb? Juan."

For the answer, and to see all the top funnies and unfunnies, go here.

In other news, Coastguards say a large crocodile sighted in the English Channel was actually a piece of wood. Fair point, really.

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