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Kane wins Fringe comedy award prize

Comic Russell Kane has scooped the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award at the third time of asking.

The Englishman, who was shortlisted twice before, was finally rewarded with the £10,000 top prize for best show at the world-famous Fringe.

The result was announced by comedy star Al Murray, who won the award in 1999.

Other previous winners of the Foster's award, formerly known as the Perrier, include Steve Coogan, Frank Skinner and Harry Hill.

Awards organiser Nica Burns said: "Following in the footsteps of Al Murray with a hugely popular win on the third consecutive nomination, Russell Kane takes the audience by storm with his boundless energy and enthusiasm. An extremely funny show from a very talented comic."

Kane, whose show was called Smokescreens and Castles, was shortlisted along with Josie Long and Sarah Millican, who have both picked up Best Newcomer prizes in the past. Greg Davies and Bo Burnham were also in the running.

This year's £5,000 Best Newcomer award went to Roisin Conaty, for Hero, Warrior, Fireman, Liar.

Fellow nominees were An Audience with Imran Yusuf, Asher Treleavan: Secret Door, Gareth Richards: Stand Up Between Songs, Late Night Gimp Fight! and The Boy With The Tape On His Face.

Ms Burns said: "In a diverse and highly talented shortlist Roisin impressed the panel with her ability to make the audience laugh at her daily struggle to understand life. She is charming, charismatic and popular."

The Foster's Panel Prize, also worth £5,000, went to Bo Burnham for Words, Words, Words.


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