Masai Graham

Mastered: Comedy
Location: Sandwell

"My dad suggested I register for a donor card, he's a man after my own heart.” This is THE joke that won Masai Graham the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016.

Previous winners of the competition, run by TV channel Dave, include professional comedians Tim Vine, Stewart Francis and Zoe Lyon - but it was the 35-year-old care worker from West Bromwich who took the title.

However, the title hasn’t come out of the blue as Masai was a runner-up in 2014 and came fourth in 2015; not a bad feat given his day job is helping care for young adults with autism and he fits in appearing around the comedy circuit around his work.

He told The Guardian: “I have no ambitions of being famous or professional, I enjoy doing it and I suppose I’ll stop if I stop enjoying it.”

Like previous winner Tim Vine, Masai is a big fan of the one-liner and started writing down his jokes while traveling. “I don’t sit down and think of them, They just come to me. Sometimes I’ll just be watching telly and someone will say a word then it will pop into my head.” He told the Express & Star.

See Masai at this year's NEW Funny Things festival:
Friday 27th October - The Outback, Wolverhampton - 8.30-9.30pm
Friday 5 November - Upfront Comedy with Shazia Mirza at Light House Media Centre - 8.30-10.30pm.
More details on Masai's gigs can be found at funny-things.co.uk

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