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Old 24 August 2013, 03:23 AM
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Icon19 Chinese chocolate gag named Edinburgh Fringe's funniest joke

Heard the one about the Chinese chocolate bar? Comedy fans at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival did and named it the best joke of the global arts extravaganza.

English comedian Rob Auton won the Dave Award for his one-liner - "I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa."

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Old 24 August 2013, 04:18 AM
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I don't get the winning joke. But that's because I've never heard of a Wispa before. OTOH I didn't find any of the other jokes funny.
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Old 24 August 2013, 11:30 AM
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I liked the winning joke, but yeah, it only works if you have heard of Cadbury's Wispa, which I believe is only sold in the UK. Also not everyone might be familiar with "chinese whispers" as this game goes by other names, e.g. "telephone" in the USA.
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Old 24 August 2013, 11:45 AM
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Most of them were meh. I think many of those might work with the right setup, delivery and timing.

I liked the one about the Italian sland. I liked the one about the time machine, but that joke might require a bit of explanation
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Not nearly as good a crop of jokes as in previous years. Tim Vine must be gutted at only getting one nomination and not winning. He usually does much better. I did like the winning joke, but it is rather Anglo-centric.

Is is safe for anyone to explain the Bobby Mair joke?
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Is is safe for anyone to explain the Bobby Mair joke?
He doesn't know who his mother is, therefore if he were to receive a lapdance he would be unable to enjoy it as he would be wondering if the dancer was actually his mother.
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Old 24 August 2013, 05:06 PM
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So it seems like a few of those jokes are dependent on some foreknowledge of (sort of) specific things, like the winning joke and Mair's joke.

For the other ones, however, I found them to be too obvious. For short jokes like the ones presented, I tend to favour jokes with an extremely subtle punchline, or ones that shock you (in a good way).
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