Ed Gamble brings a BLIZZARD to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Name: Ed Gamble
Name of Edinburgh show: Blizzard
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard
Performance time: 19.40
Show length: 55 mins
Ticket price: no idea mate

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
Hello! This is a very official start bearing in mind we are supposed to be having tea together. Fair enough. My name is Ed Gamble, I am a stand up comedian, and I started doing comedy when I was at university. I’ve been through a few different forms – sketch, double act, but seem to have landed on stand up. I like it.

Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
This is my 5th stand up solo show in 5 years. I have found that I’m best when taking an element of my personality and dissecting it. This year it’s about my attempts to embrace being considered a “nice” or “cheeky” performer and run with it. It sounds self centred but there should be plenty for everyone to relate to.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
I’ve been working on it since the Fringe last year and it is relevant to 2018 as I will be performing it in 2018, to an audience who is also in 2018. If you’re asking whether it has any relevance to current events or public discussion, not really. That stuff moves fast and I have to tour it in 2019.

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
Water, food, constant breathing. Other than that, pace yourself, eat a green thing and don’t stay out all night. I basically sound like everyone’s Mum, but mums are rarely wrong.

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
Once in London a pigeon flew into the gig and I had to throw my shoe at it until it sat down and listened to the show.

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
Everyone who gets up there and is brave enough to do it. Nah, just kidding, most of us are bad people.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Lots of water, lots of toilet trips, lots of pacing.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
The lady with loads of piercings in her face on the Royal Mile.

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
Look, I’m not going to beg. If you would like an hour of funny stuff delivered very loudly and occasionally angrily then pop along. Otherwise there is loads of other stuff. Go see the pierced lady!


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