Winehouse jibe wins Fringe's funniest gag
'I can't believe Amy self-harms...'
A tasteless jibe at the expense of galactically-talented bouffant platform Amy Winehouse has secured the Edinburgh Fringe festival's funniest gag crown for comedienne Zoe Lyons.
Lyons (pictured) entertained the crowds during her Mangled Mantra of the Messed-up Modern Mind show with the winning: "I can't believe Amy Winehouse self-harms. She's so irritating she must be able to find someone to do it for her."
Describing her feelings on having been awarded the inaugural Dave TV channel comedy award, the Brighton-based 33-year-old enthused: "I am absolutely delighted to have won the award. I know self-harming is not funny but it's just a joke, so I'm not going to beat myself up about it."
The championship side-splitter was one of thirty selected by 10 of Blighty's leading comedy critics from 60 comedy performances, which were then put to 2,000 members of the public for a final vote.
The runner-up was Andrew Laurence, with this cracker: "Most of us have a skeleton in the cupboard. David Beckham takes his out in public." Third spot went to Lloyd Langford, who chortled: "My girlfriend said, 'Did you know that hippopotamuses kill more people every year than guns?' 'Yes,' I said. 'But a gun is easier to conceal."
If you're in the mood for more merriment, Dave has a full list of the top ten gags here. ®