The best jokes from Edinburgh Fringe festival which are sure to leave you in stitches
Although the Edinburgh Fringe is now a national – and international – event, attracting performers from across the globe, it hasn’t been running for as long as you might think. In 1947, Edinburgh hosted the Edinburgh International Festival, designed to celebrate European cultural life in the aftermath of WWII.
Eight theatre groups which had not been invited to be part of the official event turned up anyway and performed their shows on the fringe of the festival – coining the term Fringe Festival. It’s an event that many of the clients on the books here at MN2S attend and perform at, whether they’re testing out new material or performing sell-out runs.
Now a much more official event with a box office and programmes, the Fringe Festival continues to attract the very best in new comedic talent from around the world, and each year the best one-line joke of the festival is voted on by the public in attendance. Check out some of 2017’s best jokes below:
The top 15 best jokes from Edinburgh Fringe Festival
- I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change. Ken Cheng
- ‘Trump’s nothing like Hitler. There’s no way he could write a book.’ Frankie Boyle
- ‘I’ve given up asking rhetorical questions. What’s the point?’ Alexei Sayle
- ”m looking for the girl next door type. I’m just gonna keep moving house till I find her.’ Lew Fitz
- ‘I like to imagine the guy who invented the umbrella was going to call it the ‘brella. But he hesitated.’ Andy Field
- ‘Combine Harvesters. And you’ll have a really big restaurant.’ Mark Simmons
- ”m rubbish with names. It’s not my fault, it’s a condition. There’s a name for it…’ Jimeoin
- ‘I have two boys, 5 and 6. We’re no good at naming things in our house.’ Ed Byrne
- ‘I wasn’t particularly close to my dad before he died… which was lucky, because he trod on a land mine.’ Olaf Falafel
- ‘Whenever someone says, ‘I don’t believe in coincidences.’ I say, ‘Oh my God, me neither!’ Alasdair Beckett-King
- ‘A friend tricked me into going to Wimbledon by telling me it was a men’s singles event.’ Angela Barnes
- ‘As a vegan, I think people who sell meat are disgusting; but apparently people who sell fruit and veg are grocer.’ Adele Cliff
- ‘For me dying is a lot like going camping. I don’t want to do it.’ Phil Wang
- ‘I wonder how many chameleons snuck onto the Ark.’ Adam Hess
- ‘I went to a Pretenders gig. It was a tribute act.’ Tim Vine
Whether you’re looking for some hot new comic talent to entertain guests at an event or you want to stick with someone more established, we’re sure to have someone on the books to suit. Lenny Henry offers the star quality you need to provide a real draw to attendees, while Ross Noble might be better suited to an audience more appreciative of some risque humour. For something completely different, Charlie Hides’ hilarious drag impersonator act will have guests rolling in the aisles. Not sure which comedian would be best for your event? Get in touch to talk it through with one of the knowledgeable staff at our talent management agency.