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It's all over for another year on the Edinburgh fringe, but we mustn't leave without reporting that the terrific Rubberbandits won the Malcolm Hardee award for Comic Originality in a ceremony on Friday night. The awards, named after the maverick alternative comedy promoter who died in 2005, celebrate the "true anarchic spirit of the Edinburgh fringe". The Cunning Stunt award for best publicity stunt was given to standup Stuart Goldsmith, for his YouTube videos protesting the censorship of his show title (Prick), and challenging critics not to make phallic puns when reviewing it. Meanwhile, despite anecdotal evidence that fringe attendances were drastically down in 2012, figures now reveal a mere 1% drop in ticket sales on last year. And given there was a 6% increase in the number of shows, »

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