Ed Gamble: Blizzard (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Ed Gamble: Blizzard

Energetic comic happy to explore his vulnerable side

In January this year, Ed Gamble was described by BBC Entertainment News as 'the diabetic comedian', in a story about himself and three comic pals getting stranded in New York after a blizzard. Not too chuffed with this moniker, Gamble sets out to illustrate why 'diabetic comedy' isn't a thing. He does however have some great material about living with Type 1 diabetes, including factual inaccuracies in Con Air, being mistaken for a heroin user, and why grown men who carry jelly babies everywhere aren't weird.

Gamble is an absolute bundle of energy onstage with his infectious trademark grin that leads him to often being described as 'cheeky'. He's confident in his set material but also in tune with the room and ever poised to improvise; if he senses unease or judgement he'll push the joke just that little bit further.

While there is a rare glimpse of vulnerability shown when he touches on the tough realities of living with an autoimmune disease, the majority of Blizzard showcases his trademark comic anecdotes, including an incredibly awkward solo trip to The Edinburgh Dungeon and his formerly-uptight dad's whimsical treatment of his new cat. It's this talent for comedic storytelling that will guarantee Ed Gamble a sell-out run.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug, 7.40pm; 18, 25 Aug, 6pm, £10–£12 (£9–£10).

Ed Gamble

  • 4 stars

Another 'bracing flurry of idiocy' from the comedian Ed Gamble.