Finn Ismo Leikola is the world’s funniest person
Finnish comedian Ismo Leikola has been awarded as the winner of the Funniest Person in the World competition, tells the Associated Press. The final was held last Friday in Las Vegas.
The competition was streamed over the Internet and people could vote their favourite candidate. When the votes were counted on Monday, Leikola had altogether 158 945 votes. In second place was Saad Haroon of Pakistan with 59 213 votes.
Leikola’s joke in the semifinal round about the planet’s international monetary woes hit the jackpot:
“Countries don’t owe money to each other, countries owe money to banks. If the countries owe money to banks how stupid are the countries to pay. Like the country has an army. The bank has four cashiers and a cleaning lady.”
Leikola wins 10 000 US dollars and a national comedy tour.
The competition was the brainchild of Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada, who plans to make it an annual event. He said he hopes it can show the world that if people from different countries laugh together they can set aside other differences.
Watch Ismo Leikola’s final round show: