Edinburgh Fringe funniest joke: Lorna Rose Treen’s zookeeper pun

A joke about an unfaithful zookeeper has been named the funniest gag at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Comedian Lorna Rose Treen was voted the winner with her pun: “I started dating a zookeeper, but it turned out he was a cheetah.”

The Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe is chosen by members of the public from a shortlist drawn up by judges.

The zookeeper one-liner was ranked among the best by 44% of those surveyed.

Lorna is the first female comedian to win the accolade since Zoe Lyons at the very first Fringe joke award in 2008.

She described herself as “blooming chuffed” at learning her joke was the winner.

“A huge thank you for awarding my stupid joke with this title!” she said.

A University of Edinburgh graduate and former BBC production trainee, Lorna has also spent time at clown school in Paris.