David and Victoria Beckham Joke is Edinburgh’s Funniest

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Well, they did choose to name their children Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper Seven.

David and Victoria Beckham have found themselves the butt of what has been voted the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The accolade was bestowed upon Canadian comic Stewart Francis, who quipped: “You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks.”

A panel of judges, who watched a staggering 60 shows on average at the Fringe, the BBC reports, compiled a shortlist of 30 jokes which were then put to a public vote.

According to the Guardian, Francis, who first appeared at the Fringe 15 years ago, garnered 20% of votes to clinch the top prize in the fifth annual Funniest Joke of the Fringe Awards, sponsored by British comedy TV channel Dave.

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Upon winning, he said: “1969 West Mall Soccer Association’s Most Valuable Player, and now this … thank you, Dave.”

Founded in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has since outgrown its name — and eclipsed its older rival — to become the largest arts festival in the world. It takes place in the Scottish capital Edinburgh for three weeks every August.

Do you agree with the public vote? Think you’re capable of better one-liners? Judge for yourself. This year’s official ten funniest jokes at the Fringe are as follows:

1. “You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks.” (Stewart Francis)

2. “Last night me and my girlfriend watched three DVDs back to back. Luckily I was the one facing the telly.” (Tim Vine)

3. “I was raised as an only child, which really annoyed my sister.” (Will Marsh)

4. “You know you’re working class when your TV is bigger than your book case.” (Rob Beckett)

5. “I’m good friends with 25 letters of the alphabet … I don’t know why.” (Chris Turner)

6. “I took part in the sun tanning Olympics – I just got Bronze.” (Tim Vine)

7. “Pornography is often frowned upon, but that’s only because I’m concentrating.” (George Ryegold)

8. “I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. Riveting!” (Stewart Francis)

9. “I waited an hour for my starter so I complained: ‘It’s not rocket salad.” (Lou Sanders)

10. “My mum’s so pessimistic, that if there was an Olympics for pessimism … she wouldn’t fancy her chances.” (Nish Kumar)

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