First acts unveiled for 2024 comedy festival

JAMES Acaster (pictured), John Kearns and Jessica Fostekew are the first names announced for next year’s Wells Comedy Festival.

The event returns for an eighth year in 2024, bringing dozens of comedians to Wells across the bank holiday weekend of May 24-26.

The first shows announced for 2024 include James Acaster (Off Menu, Hypothetical, Taskmaster), who returns with his solo show Hecklers Welcome – a show he is very proud of, with interruptions encouraged.

Others announced to appear at the festival are double Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Kearns (Taskmaster, Guessable, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown) with his critically acclaimed show The Varnishing Days, and Jessica Fostekew (QI, Live at the Apollo, Travel Man), bringing her new stand-up show Mettle as part of a national tour.

As well as solo shows, the festival’s four gala performances are now on sale, each featuring a surprise line-up of comics from across the festival.

Ben Williams, Festival Director, said: “We’re thrilled to already be announcing our first few shows for 2024, and welcoming back some festival favourites. We can’t wait to add more names to the line-up very soon.”

All shows are on sale at Wells Voice is once again official media partner for the event. Editor Andy Vallis said: “We love to get behind Wells Comedy Festival, it’s such an enjoyable event and it brings something different to the city.”