Edinburgh Festival 2012

It seems fitting that a penultimate Fringe show should come with a bit of drama. We've all survived a month of triumphs (Good reviews! Networking! Belly laughs from audience number 13!) and disappointments (Comped producer never showed! Mediocre reviews! Stoned silence from audience number 22!
Dear Edinburgh Fringe, Look, you know I love you. We've been together for 15 years now (remember?! I was handing out flyers on the Royal Mile. You were the Royal Mile). I adore you.
Viv Groskop: Offensive jokes? Don't get mad, get silly Comedy should be able to talk about whatever it wants to talk about
The annual Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards rewarded physical comedy this year, with clown Doctor Brown winning the big prize
Scotland's First Minister has said he would replace BBC Scotland if the nation votes for independence, offering the country
The Foster's So You Think You're Funny? Award is the UK's most coveted award for new stand-up comedians, with previous winners
Being encouraged to climb a fibre-glass cow at quarter to four in the morning with two girls from Lancaster and an accountant named Henry is exactly the sort of thing I promised myself to avoid during the Edinburgh Festival this year.
The Foster's Comedy Awards shortlists were were revealed on Wednesday, and when the nominees gathered together on Thursday
For over 10 years I've spent most of August in Edinburgh at the festival and for five of those years I've been performing shows. Now working on a year on, year off system I took the opportunity to enjoy Edinburgh without the stress of doing a show and to catch up on what my magical colleagues were up to.
She's won the Best Newcomer award, and been nominated for the Best Comedy Show award for the past two years running. So could