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Winning Joke offends charity

Olaf Falafel holding his award
Olaf Falafel holding his award Image credit: chortle.co.uk

“I keep randomly shouting out ‘broccoli’ and ‘cauliflower’ – I think I might have florets.”

The comedian who told the Funniest Joke at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival has offended a tourettes charity with his witty one liner.

Olaf Falafel was crowned winner of the annual award, sponsored by Dave TV channel, but he’s upset campaigners who found his gag unacceptable.

Chief executive of Torette’s Action, Suzanne Dobson, didn’t see the funny side.

She told the BBC: ”Humour is a great way of educating people – but not only is it not funny to poke fun at people with Tourette’s, it’s not even that funny a joke, is it?”

Dobson said the charity has received complaints about the winning entry and the charity are now demanding an apology from Olaf.

Kate Stone was one of the judges of the contest, she told BBC’s Newsbeat: “It’s a good one, it’s a pun, everyone kind of recognises it as – it’s intended to be a joke and I think that’s one of the things that matters the most for this.”​

The Edinburgh Fringe 2019 runs until 26 August. For information visit the website.