TV comedy channel Gold has announced the return of its annual Christmas joke contest, for a tenth year.
The broadcaster is once again challenging UK audiences to write their best party gags inspired by the events of the past 12 months.
Last year’s winner, crowned by a public vote, was: “Why are people reducing Brussels sprouts this Christmas? The price of gas is too high”.
And the 2020 winner poked fun at Dominic Cummings’ commute to Barnard Castle during Covid restrictions: ‘What’s Dominic Cummings’ favorite Christmas song? Home for Christmas.’
This year, writers could draw inspiration from sporting moments such as the Lionesses of England winning the Euros, or pop culture events such as Will Smith’s Oscar slap in the face as well as the global political turmoil surrounding the resignation of Boris Johnson and the rise of Liz Truss.
The best jokes will be shortlisted by a panel led by comedy critic Bruce Dessau, who said: “This competition is a wonderful opportunity for the UK public to share their best comedy offerings. As a nation, we have a great collective sense of humor, so it’s a pleasure to be able to read all of the fantastic entries every year. As the old saying goes, “if you don’t laugh…”
Gold Channel Director Gerald Casey said: “Every year it brings a smile to my face to know that the UK public is able to think things through with an unwavering sense of humor and I’m so happy that Gold’s Christmas Cracker competition is coming together. is still going strong ten years later.
The competition is open from today until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 17. The winner will receive £1,500 experience vouchers, a festive food and drink hamper and a set of golden Christmas crackers featuring their joke and the five closest runners-up.
Nine finalists will also receive a custom-made Christmas basket and box of crackers.
HOW TO ENTER
Open to all UK residents aged 18 and over. Walk in:
- Follow @GoldChannel and tweet a Christmas-themed joke from your personal Twitter account, including #GoldCrackers
- Gold is looking for the most original party jokes that put a comedic spin on news or pop culture in the past year.
- Jokes should be original content and suitable for a family audience (eg no swear words or offensive content)
- The joke must be included in a tweet (i.e. no more than 280 characters including #GoldCrackers)
- Multiple entries are allowed
- All entrants should follow @GoldChannel (so we can notify the winners) – but the @GoldChannel Twitter account doesn’t need to be part of the joke.
- End of the contest at 11:59 p.m. on October 17, 2022
Further information on the terms and conditions is here.
Published: October 3, 2022