The Edinburgh Fringe is one of the greatest celebrations of arts and culture on the planet; here are just a few of the exciting comedy acts you should look out for this year…

Ian Stone - Ian Stone is Keeping It Together - Ian IS keeping it together but only just. Yes, he has all his own hair and teeth and keeps a tight control over his between meal snacking but what does it matter when the Tories are still in power, there’s war in the middle east and Donald Trump could be allowed back (back!!) into the White House? How can there be such terrible pain and suffering in the world even though Ian always rates his WhatsApp calls, package delivery and parking experience?
UK Tour + Ed Fringe: The Counting House Ballroom (free & unticketed) - 1st August – 25th August at 4pm (excludes 12th August) Visit

Comedian, actor and writer Kate-Lois Elliott will make her Ed Fringe debut with How To Belong Without Joining A Cult. The show centres around the true story of Kate's family, who were brought up in a secretive cult until her mum escaped as a teenager. One generation later, in a completely unrelated set of events, a teenage Kate finds herself in the clutches of an equally toxic & militant operation... your average group of teenage girls. Now, Kate is confronting her aversion to friendship cliques and trying to figure out why it's so impossibly hard to exit a WhatsApp group with your dignity intact. Gilded Balloon, 31 July – 26th August at 4pm (excludes 19th August). Tickets.

Kurt Sterling is a Sydney-based stand-up comedian and 2024 Raw Comedy NSW state finalist. Fresh from a sold-out show at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Kurt will be making his debut at the Edinburgh Fringe 2024 with his show Corporate Chronicles- a sharply observed, hilariously relatable parody of office culture and corporate life. The Common Room, Cabaret Voltaire (part of Just The Tonic) 1st - 25th August at 8pm (excludes 12th August). Tickets

Ronnie Neville - The Irish have a supreme talent for spinning a yarn, and globetrotting Irish comedian Ronnie Neville has a suitcase crammed with hilarious tales. Award-winning comedian and viral breakout star Ronnie’s journey has taken him from Cork to Edinburgh via New York, Perth, and Melbourne. Sharing tales from the bogs and streets of Ireland, watered and grown on the floorboards of Irish pubs, he shares the ‘craic’ with his own unique passion, flair, and charm. All Irish Comedy was one of the highest-selling shows at this year’s Perth Fringe. Just The Tonic Nucleus, 1st August – 25th August at 5.50pm (excludes 12th August). Tickets

Netflix & Chilton is the debut Ed Fringe show from the unique, endearing, and unhinged South London-based comedian Luke Chilton. A rising star on the UK comedy scene with accolades including BBC New Comedy Award finalist, NATYS Finalist (2022), and shortlisted for British Comedian of the Year 2022 and 2023, Luke has swiftly become a favourite with both audiences and his peers. His off-beat and chaotically loveable stand-up debut is set to be an unmissable show at this year’s Fringe. Expect topics including sexual exploration, coming-of-age shenanigans, and hilarious dissections of a complete medically approved psychotic breakdown. Just The Tonic at Cabaret Voltaire (Liberty Room 1-25th August (exc 12th). Tickets

Scottish stand-up comedian and viral comedy sensation Joe McTernan didn’t expect to be single at 32. Now, after a ten-year relationship, he’s striking out on his own and learning what life is like when every decision is yours and could have devastating or incredible outcomes. Famed for his observational comedy and unique style, stand-up comedian & actor Joe McTernan has over 50 million views and 170k online followers for his hilarious character-based sketches. His viral success attracted the attention of Law & Order star Angie Harmon, with the pair shooting a hilarious coffee shop spoof reel. Joe will return to the Ed Fringe this year with a brand-new show, Lost, following last year’s critically acclaimed and sold-out performances of his show Life Advice That Won’t Change Your Life. Underbelly, Bristo Square: 31st July – 26th August 2024 (excludes 12th) Tickets.

Plastic Jeezus: Winners of 'South Coast Comedian of the Year' (2022), British Comedian of the Year Semi-Finalist, 'Best Newcomer' at the Musical Comedy Awards (2021), and ‘Circuit Breakers' at Leicester Comedy Festival (2022), Simon and Aaron are Plastic Jeezus, a deadpan musical comedy duo performing side-splittingly surreal and unique original songs. The Bournemouth-based pair's comedy turns the serious business of making music on its head, busting through genres and teaming them with observational comedy. Underbelly, Bristo Square. 31st July – 26th August (excludes 12th August). Tickets