Edinburgh comic raises bar with Cadbury quip

By Nick Clark

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A comedian and poet who recently gave up his job selling paintbrushes to perform full-time has come up with the official funniest joke of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The festival's sixth annual battle for the best one-liner was fiercely contested, with Rob Auton beating competition from former winner Tim Vine and Edinburgh veteran Marcus Brigstocke.

The line that won Dave's Funniest Joke of The Fringe ran: "I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa."

The 30-year-old from York has been performing stand-up comedy - sometimes described as stand-up poetry - since 2008, and his line secured almost a quarter of the votes for the funniest wisecrack.

Auton is performing The Sky Show at the Free Fringe, but the one-liner came from a sideline gig he took part in at Comedy After Lunch.

The second-most popular line was by Alex Horne: "I used to work in a shoe-recycling shop. It was sole-destroying."

A joke by Alfie Moore, the policeman-turned-comedian, came in third: "I'm in a same-sex marriage - the sex is always the same."

Tim Vine is never far from the top of the list. His quip, "My friend told me he was going to a fancy dress party as an Italian island. I said to him: Don't be Sicily", came in fourth.

- Independent

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