Poundland crowns its first official gag writer

Poundland has announced that the winner of its search for the retailer’s first ever gag writer is Andrew Timms from Leicester.

Andrew, who wowed a Poundland audience at an impromptu performance at the alternative Festival Fringe at its Edinburgh store, has received £500 for taking on the mantle of jester-in-residence after delivering his one liner: I bought a calculator the other day. It only adds up to a hundred. Man in the shop told me it was a limited addition.”

Following Poundland’s nationwide search for the joke writer, the value retailer saw over 500 applications from across the UK. Three shortlisted candidates were selected to perform five-minute stand-up routines live on August 22 at Poundland’s Lothian Road store, and members of the public and a panel of Poundland staff picked Andrew as the top Gagger.

He will now be writing the new gags for Poundland products, including the latest range of nuts and its gift card range.

Poundland senior snacks buyer Mark McDonagh, said: “Gag writing is a serious business and the talent of the applicants was no joke. Andrew had some tough nuts to crack. We’re looking forward to seeing more of his classic one liners.”

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