STAND UP comedy is, ironically, a serious business but that hasn't put off one Wrexham teenager from aiming high.

Comedian, writer and filmmaker Caitlin Jones, from Gwersyllt, has secured themself a two-week spot at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

The 18-year-old feels ready, having been doing stand up and filmmaking for a few years already.

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They have some experienced friends headed to the annual arts and media festival this year, and Caitlin added: "I thought I might as well use this opportunity now, before I go to university, and get my name more out there."

It's the perfect plan. Edinburgh Fringe is a great potential 'make it' moment for many upcoming comedians, having seen plenty of performers go on to bigger things, including household names Rowan Atkinson, Steve Coogan and Miranda Hart.

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Caitlin describes their style as 'observist', revolving around characters and unusual topics, and is currently in the running for the Chortle Student Comedy Award at an event in Manchester at the end of the month.

Hearing who they look up to themselves, reveals more too, with Caitlin growing up on the classic character comedy of Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson, and Monty Python.

They add: "I'd love to bring back that style of comedy, playing a character on a stage, which I don't see as much of today.

"There wasn't really a big comedy scene in Wrexham when I was growing up, and with the city's Holywood attention, it's perfect timing."

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The former Ysgol Bryn Alun student went on to Chester College after GCSEs to pursue their passion for media, and is now set to embark on a performing arts degree in London this September.

How do they feel about their festival fortnight in August? Caitlin said: "I am quite nervous because it's such a big thing for comedians to do and 18 is quite young.

"Each show will seat about 50 people. In preparation I'm going to attend a lot of open mic nights across Wrexham and Chester, to see if audiences give the response I'm looking for.

"But the timing feels right, and will help me boost my career, what I do and where I come from."

• Caitlin is currently fundraising for their Edinburgh Fringe show, anyone who would like to help can visit their GoFundMe page: