It’s official! The funniest joke in the world has officially been unveiled and you might be surprised to learn that the butt of the joke is a Centrelink worker.
Told by British comedian Adam Rowe, from Liverpool, at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the joke involves a member of staff who has been sacked from the Jobcentre – the UK’s equivalent of Centrelink, providing support to those out of work.
Every year, the public are given the chance to vote for their favourite one-liner from the world famous festival, with Rowe’s gag bagging an impressive 41 per cent of the overall vote, securing him the ‘Funniest Joke of the Fringe’ award, sponsored by UK TV channel Dave.
The winning joke was: “Working at the Jobcentre has to be a tense job… knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day.”
“Working at the jobcentre has to be a tense job – knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day.” 😂 This joke from @adamrowecomedian won Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe this year, so we asked @joelycett to deliver it. The annual award, now in its 11th year, is voted for by the public and Adam said it was a “massive honour and a genuinely huge surprise”. . . . #edinburghfringe #fringefestival2018 #fringefest
Speaking to the BBC after receiving the accolade, Rowe said: “He [my agent] rang me and told me I couldn’t tell anyone for a week which has been almost impossible.
“I’m massively taken aback by it. I’ve never seen myself as being in the running for things like this. It’s a massive honour and a genuinely huge surprise.”
The funny-man admitted that the line came about by accident during a performance when he was quizzing the audience about what they do for a living.
“I was doing the usual compering thing, asking people what they do for a living,” he said. “A guy said he worked in the Jobcentre and I said the joke that has now won the award.
“Because it got such a nice reaction on the night I thought I had to do something with it as a line. I didn’t expect to be winning an award for what was essentially a brain fart.”
1. ‘Working at the Jobcentre has to be a tense job – knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day’ – Adam Rowe
2. ‘I had a job drilling holes for water – it was well boring’ – Leo Kearse
3. ‘I took out a loan to pay for an exorcism. If I don’t pay it back, I’m going to get repossessed’ – Olaf Falafel
4. ‘In my last relationship, I hated being treated like a piece of meat. She was a vegan and refused to touch me’ – Daniel Audritt
5. ‘What do colour blind people do when they are told to eat their greens?’ – Flo and Joan
6. ‘I’ve got a new job collecting all the jumpers left in the park at the weekends, but it’s not easy. They keep moving the goalposts’ – Darren Walsh
7. ‘Trump said he’d build a wall but he hasn’t even picked up a brick. He’s just another middle-aged man failing on a DIY project’ – Justin Moorhouse
8= ‘I lost a friend after we had an argument about the Tardis. I thought it was a little thing, but it seemed much bigger once we got into it’ – Adele Cliff
8= ‘Why are they calling it Brexit and not The Great British Break Off?’ – Alex Edelman
10. ‘I think love is like central heating. You turn it on before guests arrive and pretend it’s like this all the time’ – Laura Lexx.
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