Ed Gamble: Stampede (4 stars)

Finding the funny in a range of topics this comic is no longer a risky ticket

Ed Gamble: Stampede

'This is not a show about cauliflower' states Ed Gamble during another section of Stampede in which he discusses, at some length, the pros but mainly cons of the humble brassica. There's quite a lot about food in this hour in which he recalls the many years he spent in less svelte shape than he's in now, insisting that he still has a 'fat brain' while actually reflecting back with a nostalgic glow at his plump period.

Standing on his stage as he welcomes us into a packed room, he castigates those who don't want to acknowledge his presence while they find their way to a seat. But soon all eyes are fixed on Gamble while he launches into another solid hour attacking the stuff that's bothering him.

He might be a little wary of getting older and of not being especially cool, so he namechecks Bill Hicks and Lenny Bruce as comedic inspirations when he'd really just rather watch babies being silly on YouTube. He does have a social conscience too, though, and convincingly argues that the word 'pussy' should no longer be used as a negative slur.

His girlfriend doesn't emerge from all of this with much credit either, as Gamble annotates in precise and increasingly hysterical detail a series of unfortunate incidents where a spectacular brain freeze meant she was unable to remember the name of a particular Beatle. A master of unlocking the humour in everything from vegetables to vaginas, Ed Gamble is quickly becoming one of the safer bets on the Fringe.

Gilded Balloon Teviot at Counting House, until 29 Aug, 3.15pm, £5 or Pay What You Want.

Ed Gamble

  • 4 stars

Solo comedy from the 2014 Chortle Award winner and star of BBC America's Almost Royal.


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