The Edinburgh Fringe 2013 is one week old and already there is talk of awards contenders. I won't name any here and make some people giddy with anticipation and others feel like packing their bags. Needless to say, most people doing a comedy show in Edinburgh will not win a Foster's Comedy Award or even be in the running. Of course awards matter, of course they will make your mum proud, but don't get too downhearted. I've been thinking about successful comedians and while the Edinburgh Comedy Award obviously gives talented performers a kick-start and gets them noticed, there are plenty of comedians who never had a sniff of an Edinburgh Award and haven't done too badly.