Somehow, I’ve won. Which is nice. So thanks to Danny.
You can read the top ten jokes here. I particularly like the ones from Lee Jakeman and from Mark.
One thing, though. When the contest was launched, a commenter called Gavin said:
I can't wait for the Nazi jokes, Khmer Rouge shaggy dog stories or Rwanda genocide themed knock knock jokes.
Fair point. The Soviet Union involved a vast bodycount. The purges and gulags and engineered famines and KGB and crushes of uprisings were not exactly a barrel of laughs. So why (at least, in Britain) is there vastly more of a tradition of Soviet jokes than, say, Nazi jokes?