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Ticket sales at the Edinburgh Fringe were up by an estimated 5 per cent this year, according to organisers.

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Edinburgh Fringe performers stage 'comedy protest' against Russian homosexuality laws outside consulate in Scotland

Semi-naked photos of Vladimir Putin and a blast of Tchaikovsky played on an iPad formed parts of comedy protest against homophobia in Russia, staged outside the Russian Consulate General in Edinburgh today.

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Shortlist for the 33rd Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards in full

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Rob Auton, the winner of Daveís Funniest Joke of the Fringe award.

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Peter Buckley Hill says that just because his festival is free, he does not compromise on quality

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Edinburgh Comedy Awards chief warns of ‘terrible’ performances

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Edinburgh Festival opens amid rows and controversy

Fringe veteran calls for squabbles to end as playwright is criticised over opening speech

Mel Smith (right) and Griff Rhys Jones as Jones says his comedy partnership with the late Smith was

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Griff Rhys Jones says his comedy partnership with the late Mel Smith was "not exactly a marriage made in heaven".

British comedians Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones

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Comedy actor suffered a heart attack at his home in north-west London

Stewart Lee has claimed that high-profile comedians like Michael McIntyre, Jack Whitehall and Frankie Boyle, use writers to help them create material for their shows

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of using writers

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Russell Brand will not perform his new show The Messiah Complex at mosques in the Middle East after safety concerns were raised

Russell Brand forced to cancel Middle East leg of his Messiah Complex tour amid safety concerns

Comedian Russell Brand has cancelled several gigs in the Middle East after promoters said they could not guarantee his safety.

Russell Brand will perform his new show The Messiah Complex at mosques in the Middle East

Russell Brand takes his Messiah Complex to the Middle East

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Al Murray, the comic behind the stand-up creation The Pub Landlord

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Al Murray, the comic behind the stand-up creation The Pub Landlord, has criticised as “ridiculous” other comedians who embrace political views.

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