A tourette’s charity has demanded an apology from a comedian after his joke referencing the syndrome was deemed the ‘best joke’ at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Festival veteran Olaf Falafel claimed the coveted honour of Dave’s Funniest Joke with a vegetable pun.
His winning joke is: “I keep randomly shouting out ‘broccoli’ and ‘cauliflower’ – I think I might have florets.”
But Suzanne Dobson, chief executive of the UK’s Tourettes Action charity, said the “rubbish” joke had brought “shame on Dave” – the TV channel who host the award.
Ms Dobson said: “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?”
She added the charity had been about to launch a campaign asking people to stop using the syndrome as a punchline – “which unfortunately has come about a week too late,” she said.
Ms Dobson said the charity’s helpline had several calls on Monday from parents of children with the syndrome who were angered and upset by the joke.
The vegetable pun, by the Swedish comedian, was deemed the best gag by 2,000 voting members of the public, after being shortlisted by an expert panel.