September 24, 2020

Have you heard one about …? Wicklow family shortlisted for funniest Beano joke

The O’Shea family from Wicklow have been chosen from hundreds of entries by Beano as one of the Top Twenty Funniest Families in the UK and Ireland.

The O’Shea family were selected because they impressed the judges with their Funniest Family Joke entry for the comic’s nationwide competition.

A team of Beano gag writers, led by head judge Romesh Ranganathan, selected the shortlist, and are now asking the public to vote online for the final winner.

Members of the public can have their say on who should be crowned the Funniest Family at with voting ending on June 14.

The winning family will be brought to life in a one-off strip in the comic, as well as receiving an official Beano trophy, a year’s Beano subscription for the family and friends, and a Nintendo Switch.


The competition was launched by Beano to lift spirits, tickle funny-bones and help keep families entertained at home. Hundreds of families entered by sharing their homemade funny videos across four categories: Funniest Family Joke, Funniest Family Prank, Funniest Family Face and Funniest Family Song and Dance.

All the entries had us laughing for hours so we’d like to thank all the families who entered. But we had to shortlist The O’Sheas for dressing-up as wonky Wicklow donkeys, and we’ll never look at a zebra crossing without giggling again! We hope they gets loads of votes,” Mike Stirling, Editorial Director of Beano Studios, said.

The initiative was developed in partnership with YoungMinds to encourage families to spend time doing positive activities to help reassure children and reduce their anxiety.

Beano and YoungMinds have also created practical activities and advice to support families’ wellbeing during isolation and keep spirits high available on

The Beano was first published in July 1938 and continued production throughout WWII to keep the nation smiling.

Every week the Beano is crammed full of mischief, mayhem and fun, bringing families hilarious stories about their favourite comic characters, from The Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx to Bananaman and Dennis and Gnasher.


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