Wiggo's witticisms see Sir Brad voted Britain's funniest celebrity

Boris Johnson and Alan Sugar among celebrity cyclists on list... but Jeremy Clarkson's there too

by Simon_MacMichael   February 8, 2013  

Bradley Wiggins on the podium at London 2012 (copyright www.britishcycling.org.uk)

Tour de France and Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins has picked up yet another award – he’s been named Britain’s wittiest celebrity by TV channel Dave, which has published the results of a poll to coincide with the Leicester Comedy Festival it is sponsoring.

Among the Wiggo witticisms highlighted by Dave was his comment, standing on the Champs-Elysées podium as the first ever Briton to win the Tour de France, that “We’re just going to draw the raffle numbers now,” as well as his observation, when asked his opinion of a climb in the Pyrenees, that “It goes uphill like all the others, doesn't it?"

The poll, which didn’t mention that Wiggins is equally adept at having an audience in stitches in French – remember that press conference at the Tour of Romandie last year? – was conducted among 2,000 adults who were asked to choose from a list of 25 celebrities to choose the funniest one. Professional comics weren’t included.

There is a cycling connection to the runner-up, too, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson – even Wiggins doesn’t have thousands of bikes named after him just yet – who yesterday pledged to take part in the RideLondon-Surrey 100 in August, with Crystal Palace football manager Ian Holloway coming third.

Others featuring in the top five include Pinarello and Assos fan Lord Sugar, plus petrolhead-in-chief and cyclists’ bête noire Jeremy Clarkson, although last year he did admit that he would move to Copenhagen “in a heartbeat” thanks to the city putting bikes before cars and making it a nicer place to live.

Making the top ten was TV personality Ant McPartlin - worthy of note if only for the fact that it's the first time we have ever seen his name mentioned without the apparently conjoined Declan Donnelly.

No women placed in the top ten, with TV presenter Claudia Winkleman the highest-ranked female ahead of singer Lily Allen.

Steve North, general manager of Dave, commented: "Britain is a hotbed of comedy talent and it's clear you don't have to be on the comedy payroll to get the nation laughing, as our top ten of Britain's greatest living wits encompasses celebrities from diverse fields including the worlds of sport, music, film and politics.

"Our winner, Bradley Wiggins, has a special place in the nation's heart which seems to be on account of his red-hot wit as well as his incredible sporting abilities."

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Holloway is a good shout, Boris, yes, he'll always be good for a gaff or joke here and there.

But Wiggo is about as funny as the last time I hit my thumb with a hammer while putting in a nail.....lots of swear words for the moment, laughed at by my peers and then its all forgotten. He's not funny, just cocky Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [9369 posts]
8th February 2013 - 23:27


Wiggo does have a ready wit, which is far from confined to swearing. His post-race interview with a French reporter outside the team bus is a classic. Some great bantering A Year In Yellow too

posted by Sam1 [220 posts]
9th February 2013 - 8:21


The Wiggins / Johnson connection is put in context by Wiggins' popularisation of the term 'BoJo' for the London Mayor. Which makes Johnson sound more like the clown he is.

posted by robert_obrien [120 posts]
28th May 2013 - 10:46