Tassel-haired comedian, Boris ‘Shagger’ Johnson, has won the annual award for the funniest joke at the Edinburgh Fringe for his latest promise on Brexit.

The award, now in its 12th year, awards a prize to the comedian with the best (or funniest) one liner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A panel of 10 judges decided on the finalists from the many comedians who performed at this year’s Fringe, with Boris being named the unanimous winner after the finalists were judged on by an online audience.

This is the first time Boris has won the award for his stint at the Edinburgh Fringe, but he is already a hot favourite for next year’s award.

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Johnson’s winning joke was about the UK’s suicide pact with itself, and was delivered to a hysterical audience. The comedian joked:

I am “confident” the EU will agree to a new Brexit deal, but the UK would be ready to leave without one if needed.

The audience erupted in laughter at the joke, winning the award for the baffled and bemused comedian.

Other jokes that were chosen as finalists, but deemed not quite as funny as Boris’ effort, included:

Someone stole my antidepressants. Whoever they are, I hope they’re happy.

Richard Stott

A cowboy asked me if I could help him round up 18 cows. I said, ‘Yes, of course. – That’s 20 cows’

Jake Lambert

To be or not to be a horse rider, that is Equestrian

Mark Simmons