A vegetable gag told by a Swedish comedian has been named the best joke at Edinburgh Fringe.
Olaf Falafel, a seven-year veteran of the festival, beat off jokes about nepotism, semaphore, anti-depressants, Brexit, and cowboys to claim the coveted honour.
The comic said the annual event was painful “like pregnancy” though he nevertheless returned to deliver what has been judged the best gag.
His winning joke was: “I keep randomly shouting out ‘broccoli’ and ‘cauliflower’ – I think I might have florets.”
The vegetable pun was deemed the Dave’s Funniest Joke At The Fringe by 2000 voting members of the public, after being shortlisted by an expert panel.
Mr Falafel was delighted his niche culinary one-liner has won the prize and said: “It’s been really good fun, I would definitely say that winning this award has been a highlight, and just being able to make people laugh with my stupid jokes.”
The comedian and children’s book author has been returning to the Fringe for seven years, despite the pain he feels each time.
He said: “I think this is my seventh year at the Fringe, it’s like pregnancy – you go through a lot of pain and then the child is born and enough time passes and you forget about the pain and decide that you fancy having another one, but straight after you’re like ‘I’m never doing that again’.”
He said his rise from consideration with past jokes to claiming the coveted prize mirrors the success of his beloved Luton Town.
He said: “It’s like going from non-league to the Championship in a few seasons.”
On his joke claiming the top spot, Olaf Falafel said: “This is a fantastic honour but it’s like I’ve always said, jokes about white sugar are rare, jokes about brown sugar… Demerara.“