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How Edinburgh changed British comedy
by Steven Brocklehurst, BBC Scotland news website

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6 August 2017

On 6 August 2017 BBC News reported: Comedy did not feature at all when the Edinburgh Fringe [the world's largest arts festival] began, but over the past three decades it has become the 'spiritual home' of Britain's funny folk. ... It was the Scottish capital where the new generation of comics received their education before transforming British humour. The Edinburgh Fringe has continued to be a unique showcase for comedy talent over more than 30 years. This year's Fringe features more than 3,000 shows and more than a third are comedy. That means more than 1,000 comedy acts from all over the world will be in the city during August. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of culture, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

As well as getting to perform your own show there was another factor that attracted comedians to Edinburgh -- the camaraderie. ...

As comedy has become big business, festivals have sprung up all over the UK but Edinburgh has maintained its position as the number one place for comedians. ...

[Richard Herring, who has appeared in Edinburgh for most of the past 30 years] says the current crop of comedians are much more polished and professional than the acts of the 1980s. ... He says many comedians these days keep themselves fit and don't drink.

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