Just The Tonic Edinburgh has announced their epic new brochure, with a greater line-up, larger venues and even more laughter set for 2022. With over 175 shows in 19 venues over 8 spaces, prepare for a monumental return. JTT has an impressive reputation for showcasing some of the best comedy talent and couldn’t be prouder to be back at the fringe with a line-up that could be their best yet!
This year sees the opening of two new spaces with the ‘Atomic Room’ that can hold 300, and the 60 capacity ‘Sub Atomic Room’ in the fittingly futuristic ‘Nucleus’ venue. This is a recently refurbished church situated 150 metres up from the Pleasance Courtyard (140 The Pleasance).
The line-up at the Atomic Room boasts names such as Daniel Sloss, Jimeoin, Craig Hill and the renowned Setlist. One not to miss is Australian performer Cassie Workman with her part biography, part eulogy, part fantasy show ‘Aberdeen’. The Sub Atomic Room will host Scottish acts Jo Jo Sutherland & Bruce Devlin, Connor Burns, Liam Farrelly, and an intriguing show entitled ‘Shit Lawyer’.
“After 2 very shaky pandemic afflicted years, we seriously did worry that this might not happen. But, with the enthusiasm of me and my foolish ever-the-optimist team we have cracked on and managed to pull off the biggest line up so far. Woo Hoo! Our programme for 2022 reflects our love of and bias towards comedy in all its present forms. With a rosta starting with a lot of unknowns, newcomers, first timers through to some fringe hardened, TV populating award wining established acts”.Just The Tonic owner, Darrell Martin
In St James Quarter, a Spiegeltent will play host to a number of Just The Tonic programmes. There will be a nightly mixed bill show, ‘Spielgeltastic’, which will see some of the best acts of the fringe as well as those just passing through. In the final week there will be the chance to watch a couple of slots a day filled with sell out shows from around the fringe. You can book this now before the names are announced and prices go up! The BBC and Fringe central events will also be producing events in the tent. Drinks will be served from a extravagant Airstream Bar that is not to be missed.
Other highlights include:
- Former Edinburgh Comedy award winners and nominees John Robins, Wil Hodgson, Mat Ewins and Phil Ellis.
- US comedian Anthony Devito with his debut with ‘My Dad’s Not Danny Devito’, his dad however was in the mafia and Italian comedian Luca Cupani brings his hilarious show Happy Orphan about his mother.
- A spoken word show called ‘Anoint My Head – The Failings of an Indie Brit Rock Star’ performed and written by Andy McCleod about his real-life band who were managed by Ricky Gervais!
- TikTok stars and winners of this year’s Musical Comedy Awards Best Newcomer, the Sugarcoated Sisters bringing their original blend of cabaret songs performed on guitar & double bass.
- ‘Mother, aerial / acrobatics show, at the Old Foundary in Grassmarket Project for the last 2 weeks of the Fringe.
It was previously announced that one of Just The Tonic’s venues, The Tron, will be a venue of purely female stand-ups – the first venue in the history of the Edinburgh Fringe to do this. These include Northern Powerhouse Nina Gilligan, maverick American Abigoliah Schamaun, Canadian Academy award-nominated actress and comedian Aliya Kanani, comedy powerhouse Kate Barron alongside Eryn Tett and Aideen McQueen.
Adding to the all year-round bars, there will also be a number of pop-up bars. The Seedy Bar in the Caves where Up The Road and Out the Box are, will have a free to play vinyl jukebox in it, and there will be a new bar area at Grassmarket built in the Courtyard called The Glass house. The Nucleus will also have the Cooler Room, a large bar area to happily quenching the thirst of the crowds.
This year for the first time, JTT has teamed up with the big four venues at the Fringe – Assembly Rooms, Pleasance, Underbelly and Gilded with their ticket and brochure platform www.edfest.com. Also joining them are Summerhall, Zoo and Dancebase.
Just the Tonic is a highly independent comedy producer that has grown over the last 20 years from it’s director compering Big Value Comedy Shows in 1999 to now running 8 venues, with 19 spaces, 4 independent bars and over 175 shows. Started as a scrappy Sunday Night comedy club in 1994, they are pleased to still be operating and helping make people laugh and shape the future of comedy.