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Ed Gamble: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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Part of a generation of great young comics who has firmly established himself as one of the major players at the Fringe.

Hello. How are you today?

Fine thank you, Laugh Out London. I am on coffee number two which is the sweet spot of my day and I’m nailing my admin.

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

I have described it as a “lumbering beast of a comedy show.” It’s certainly a comedy show. Whether it’s a “lumbering beast” or not is open to interpretation. I’m not sure quite what I meant when I wrote it to be honest.

Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?

I am afraid to say that I don’t think they have. This show is entirely about me, my battles with my own personality and things that have happened to me. Exactly the sort of self centred behaviour that got the world in this pigging mess.

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

Tom Neenan and Grainne Maguire. I have lived with Tom the previous 2 years and he is an incredibly calming presence. He is the ideal flatmate, quiet at the right times, supportive at the right times and crucially, he buys toilet paper. Neither of us are party legends either – we tend to stay up late watching YouTube videos. Last year our downstairs neighbour knocked on our door to complain about our laughing, so I guess we are rebels in a way. I’ve never lived with Grainne before, but I am fairly sure she will be a lovely flatmate and not a meth dealer or anything.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Tom and Grainne, obvs, although I think me and Grainne clash. My list so far includes…Dan Antopolski, David Trent, Fern Brady, Gareth Richards, Jessica Fostekew, Kiri Pritchard McClean, Suzi Ruffell, Erin McGathy….and it goes on and on. I’ve already seen brilliant early previews from Rhys James and John Robins and heard Ahir Shah’s through a wall and it was still fantastic.

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

God I’m going to sound like such a loser, but there is a running route that I’ve genuinely missed. I can’t wait to hit that. Other than that, pints with pals, getting better as an act and Kilimanjaro Coffee Shop.

What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?

Bowie. A thousand times Bowie. Opened me up like a pipe.

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

It’s amazing that when someone is asked to talk about anything they want, they can’t think of any topics. Oh hang on, thought of something.

Topic is a chocolate bar made by Mars, Incorporated in France and sold throughout Europe. It contains hazelnuts, nougat and caramel. The bar was first introduced in 1962. In the UK it was advertised with the line “A Hazelnut in Every Bite” The chocolate bar was promoted in a series of radio advertisements broadcast in 2002 with the strapline “A joy to eat, but a bitch to make”. These adverts featured actors Simon Pegg and Mark Heap who both appeared in the cult British TV comedy Spaced. The bar was removed from boxes of Celebrations in 2006, along with Twix (although Twix has subsequently been reintroduced).

Ed Gamble: Mammoth
Pleasance Courtyard
2-27 Aug, 7.15pm

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