Vine claimed the prize this year with the quip: “I’ve decided to sell my Hoover … well, it was just collecting dust.”
The joke, from his standup show Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim to You, took almost 20% of the public vote and made Vine the first returning winner in the competition’s seven-year history.
The actor and comedian, known for his roles in the BBC TV shows Not Going Out and Blandings, first won Edinburgh joke of the year in 2010 with: “I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.”
The competition, created by the TV channel Dave, celebrates the one-line puns that have audiences falling off their chairs in hysterics, or throwing their heads into their hands in despair.
Vine, 47, whose standup sets are often characterised by streams of one-liners, beat off competition from Mark Watson, who wisecracked: “Always leave them wanting more, my uncle used to say to me. Which is why he lost his job in disaster relief”, and the American comedian Scott Capurro, who teased his Edinburgh audience with: “Scotland had oil, but it’s running out, thanks to all that deep frying.”
More than 2,000 people voted in the competition, with comedians Bec Hill, Ria Lina and Felicity Ward also among the top 10 finalists selected by a specialist panel who sifted through more than 3,600 minutes of material to pick their favourites.
Commenting on his win, Vine said: “I’m a little bit surprised, but very delighted. This is the second time I’ve won this award, but I guess nobody loves a repeat more than Dave.”