Ed Gamble: Gambletron 5000

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (comedy): Ed Gamble: Gambletron 5000 at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33). Review by Jay Richardson.

As an admired compere and seasoned Fringe performer from his double act with Ray Peacock, Ed Gamble brings an easy confidence to his first solo Edinburgh hour.

Affecting to be a “badass”, the transformation from when he first emerged on the circuit is striking; his huge loss of weight because of his type 1 diabetes reinforcing his cheeky cocksurity and affording him a strong succession of introductory routines, generally revolving around exploding myths and rebutting stupid questions about his condition. If you’re expecting a poignant reinvention story though, best try elsewhere. Gamble always looks for the funny in any situation, even the diciest, whether that be filming in terrifying Detroit with his genuinely badass bodyguard, or the intimate operation that he was forced to undergo.

More ambition from such an established act might have been expected, as there are plenty of knob gags here for straightforward crowd pleasing. But Gamble’s amiability remains his greatest strength and his winning account of a stag do, told with the detached perspective of a horrified observer, positions him apart from full-on laddishness.

Anyone who’s seen him live before will reckon that he’s got more in his locker but this is a reasonably satisfying marker to lay down.

Until 24 August. Today 9:45pm, more info.

Originally published in The Scotsman

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