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Ed Gamble: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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With appearances on Mock the Week, Almost Royal, Drunk History, Russell Howard’s Good News and more, Ed Gamble is one of the UK’s brightest and most hotly tipped young comics. This should be another excellent Fringe hour to add to his collection.

Hello. How are you today?

I was in a good mood, but now I have read that you’ve asked this in every interview so now I don’t feel like a special boy.

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

“Action” doesn’t really describe my Edinburgh Fringe experience. I basically transport my entire home life to Scotland for a bit. I did all the action 5 years ago, now I just spend a lot of time cooking and having a small wine now and again.

At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?

As ever, my blurb was broad enough that whatever I wrote it would seem accurate. I went with “misguided opinions and wild conjecture” this year. Looking at my scrawled notes, that seems pretty bang on.

What are your tips for getting people to see your show?

Create a buzz by standing in all the venue bars loudly shouting your own name. That’s bound to get you some attention. Or why not try getting a brilliant review from a broadsheet newspaper? Easily done and well worth it. If you want comedians to see your show, just make it a terrible car crash.

Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?

This year is the same as last year, I will be sharing with Tom Neenan, who is a wonderful comic, lovely man and a hot piece of ass in a waistcoat.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Tom Neenan (obvs), Nish Kumar, James Acaster, Rhys James, Pierre Novellie, Lolly, Jack Barry, Lazy Susan, Paul Foot, Adam Hess, Andy Askins, Jimmy McGhie, Alfie Brown, shall I keep going there’s so many, Beasts, Fin Taylor, Annie McGrath, Stuart Goldsmith OK I might have to stop. I’ve already seen Sean McLoughlin and Johnny Pelham and they are both awesome already which makes me sick.

Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?

The opportunity to really kick back with all my friends and make new and meaningful connections with other artists. And then cancelling all that and watching Deadwood from the start again.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

No thank you, I value the roof of my mouth.

Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.

I’d like to discuss the lack of creativity in online journalism.

Ed Gamble: Stampede
Gilded Balloon Counting House
3-29 August, 3.15pm
PWYW or £5 to guarantee entry

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