09/08/2012 08:48 BST | Updated 13/08/2012 12:40 BST

Free Fringe Shows Come Of Age In The Battle For Awards

Free comedy shows are now as important to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as ticketed events, the organiser of the main comedy awards has said.

Nica Burns revealed that 25 per cent of the 536 shows which will be judged for the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards this year will be in “Free Fringe” or “Free Festival” venues.