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Chinese Chocolate Gag Wins Best Joke At Edinburgh Fringe Festival

posted 22 Aug 2013, 16:02 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 22 Aug 2013, 16:03 ]

Chinese chocolate gag named Edinburgh Fringe's funniest joke

 EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 20, 2013) (ITN) -  Heard the one about the Chinese chocolate bar? Comedy fans at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival did and named it the best joke of the global arts extravaganza.

English comedian Rob Auton won the Dave Award for his one-liner - "I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa."

The quip about the company's Wispa bar was shortlisted alongside 19 others by British television channel Dave, then submitted to a public vote.

When asked about his win the 30-year-old said: 'It makes me feel really good. I was very surprised, but I pleased about it.''

Auton recently gave up his day job so he can concentrate on performing, including a show inEdinburgh.

He is currently starring in his own one hour stand-up show - 'The Sky Show', which is part of the Free Fringe - an organisation that promotes free shows put on as part of the festival.

However Auton's winning one-liner came from a separate gig at 'Comedy After Lunch', speaking about the gag he said it was inspired by everyday conversation:

'Well until last year I was working in an arts an polish shop and you overhear customers talking, I heard they were talking about a Chinese whisper, not the chocolate bar, and I just thought - oh Chinese whisper - and that was it, I just over hear things - well no I don't just over hear things and make them into jokes, but little snippets of conversations, people say the funniest things.''

Auton, who has been performing stand-up since 2008, described the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival as fantastic, saying: ''Nothing prepares you.''

His show is due to run until August 24.