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Current TV launches new Edinburgh comedy award

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Current TV, the channel founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, has announced a new comedy award for this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Current TV Comedy Award will showcase the best of new comedy talent the Fringe has to offer, and reward the winner with three commissioned programmes for the channel.

James DuBern, Current TV's director of programming, said: "The Edinburgh Festival Fringe provides the perfect opportunity to look for new talent. Current TV is delighted to honour up and coming comedians and give a voice to young talent."

As with the channel's other content, the award will be voted for by the network's community of viewers and users.

Paul Gudgin, director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, said: "Current TV's new award is a very exciting development at this year's Fringe. It's fantastic to see Current's commitment to comedy, and the wonderful offer of a commission is a worthy prize for an up and coming comedian."

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