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Eddie Mair | 11:56 UK time, Wednesday, 26 August 2009


Nigel Wrench in Edinburgh writes: "Here's Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden posing on the terrace at the famous Gilded Balloon in the heart of the Edinburgh Fringe. Sunglasses, models own. They have a show of "21st century protest songs" running for a few days.

I've been speaking to them, to Marcus Brigstocke and to the comic Ava Nidal about whether comedians, like civil servants, prepare for a potential change in government, with an election due in the next year. Do they all keep a Nick Clegg in their back pocket?

All on the day that the shortlist for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards comes out. This year the awards are without the commercial sponsorship that gave them the name of a popular sparkling water, and then of a finance company in the past.

Shortlist around lunchtime. Expect a little lewdness on the list, and perhaps some comedy about relationships. Check if I'm right here as that list is announced."


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