Tim Vine Wins Funniest Joke For 'Hoover' Gag at Edinburgh Festival 2014

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The comedian Tim Vine has won the award for funniest joke at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, marking the second time in four years that he has scooped the honor. He won for the one-liner: "I decided to sell my Hoover... well it was just collecting dust."

Tim VineTim Vine won this year's funniest joke award [Getty/Scott Campbell]

Vine, 47 - the brother of broadcaster Jeremy - scooped almost a fifth of the votes in the competition run by comedy television channel, Dave. In 2010, the comedian won with the joke: "I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again." He was runner-up in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

On being crowned this year's winner, Vine said: "I'm a little bit surprised but very delighted. This is the second time I've won this award but I guess nobody loves a repeat more than Dave."

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Primarily a one-liner comedian, Vine recently spoke to BBC Radio 4's Today programme about the discipline. 

"When I think of what I think is a good joke I do often laugh, because of course it's the first time I've heard it. So I will chuckle," he said. 

"But I've been wrong many times and I'll go in front of an audience thinking this is an absolute work of genius and they stare back at me going 'Sorry you want us to laugh at this point, do you?' and I realise that doesn't work at all."

"But it also works the other way and that's the exciting thing about writing comedy - you never quite know until you try it with an audience. Never test it on family and friends."

The shortlist for the funniest joke of The Fringe Festival 2014 was as followed: 

"I've decided to sell my Hoover... well, it was just collecting dust" - Tim Vine.

"I've written a joke about a fat badger, but I couldn't fit it into my set" - Masai Graham.

"Always leave them wanting more, my uncle used to say to me. Which is why he lost his job in disaster relief" - Mark Watson.

"I was given some Sudoku toilet paper. It didn't work. You could only fill it in with number ones and number twos" - Bec Hill.

"I wanted to do a show about feminism. But my husband wouldn't let me" - Ria Lina.

"Money can't buy you happiness? Well, check this out, I bought myself a Happy Meal" - Paul F Taylor.

"Scotland had oil, but it's running out thanks to all that deep frying" - Scott Capurro.

"I've been married for 10 years, I haven't made a decision for seven" - Jason Cook.

"This show is about perception and perspective. But it depends how you look at it" - Felicity Ward.

Steve North, general manager of Dave, said: "It's great to see a range of established and new comedians in this year's top 10.

"The award celebrates the fantastic range of comedy on offer at the Fringe, and Tim has once again proved he is king of the one-liners"


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