Finland’s Ismo Leikola is officially the world’s funniest person. That’s if you believe the results of a competition organised by the Laugh Factory comedy club in Los Angeles.
The club organised a “Funniest Person in the World” competition for the first time this year, inviting comics from around the globe to compete for the title in a series of shows.
Leikola beat Pakistan’s Saad Haroon and France’s Mustapha El Atrassi in the final, winning the public vote by a margin of more than a hundred thousand votes.
One of Leikola’s most popular jokes touched on the Eurozone debt crisis, with a somewhat different take to Finland’s austerity-focused government.
“Countries don’t owe money to each other, countries owe money to banks,” said Leikola. “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.”