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Brit sets new world record with 26 jokes in a minute

After a six month verification proces, officials in charge of the Guinness World Records’ book have finally granted Clive Greenway the title of “quickest joke teller”.

By The Phuket News

Friday 13 March 2015, 08:00AM

Clive Greenway, record-breaking comedian.

Clive Greenway, record-breaking comedian.

The 57-year-old British comic rattled off 26 one-liners in 60 seconds to claim the record for Most Jokes told in One Minute in front of a live audience. In doing so, he beat Markus Weise’ 21 jokes in a minute, a record that stood for three years.

“I am delighted with my record,” Mr Greenaway said. “When I heard a German held the world record for telling the most jokes in one minute I couldn’t believe it and knew it had to be broken.”

The videotaped performance happened in front of an audience of 250 people at Haverhill in Suffolk. There were several rules that were in place, including the inolvement of three judges, a time keeper and the audience had to laugh at each jokes separately.

Mr Greenway’s jokes included: “my wife and I were happy – then we met” and “Went to the paper shop – but it had blown away”.

“There was a lot of training that went into it. After I wrote down 30 jokes it took me months to practice them and get them word perfect and build up my delivery speed.

“I didn’t speed up towards the end, I started flat out and kept that pace up. I probably left a gap of a 400th-of-a-second for the audience to react before I started the next joke.”



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