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Kearns wins best Edinburgh comedy show award

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The Scottish Saltire hangs in Edinburgh during the annual Festival Fringe, on August 21, 2013
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The Scottish Saltire hangs in Edinburgh during the annual Festival Fringe, on August 21, 2013 (AFP Photo/Andy Buchanan)

London (AFP) - A former House of Commons tour guide who performs in a wig and false teeth won the £10,000 prize for best comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on Saturday.

John Kearns, 27, won the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards for his show Shtick.

It was the first time that a show performed for free has taken the prestigious award, previously awarded to stars like Steve Coogan and Frank Skinner.

Kearns was awarded the prize the year after being named best newcomer, which allowed him to quit his job at parliament and become a full-time comedian.

US Alex Edelman won this year's best newcomer award for his first Edinburgh show Millennial.

Kearns's show at this year's festival was described by comedy website Chortle as "absurdist".

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