Review: Ed Gamble – Stampede at the Komedia

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Shouting throughout the entire show, Ed Gamble took the cliché of raising the roof as a much more literal challenge.

It was his spoof character Georgie from Almost Royal that took over at the Komedia Studio last Friday.

Though best known for co-presenting The Peacock and Gamble podcast, Ed Gamble’s comedy show Stampede saw him perform solo.

Yet it is easy to see why Gamble thrives in a double-act, with his best material being the spontaneous jokes he made when interacting with the audience.

From quick witted remarks with the diver in the front row, to re-enacting vomiting on a plane with another audience member, it was his ad-lib material that drew the most laughs.

Along with jokes about Brighton’s alternative reputation, these hilarious interactions breathed new life into Gamble’s evidently well-practised set.

Yet his actual show certainly had some memorable moments as well. His demonstration of a dance used to show anger at misogynistic song lyrics is definitely one to try at home.

But jokes about clean eating and the fragility of masculinity felt a bit tired, having already done the rounds throughout 2016.

Luckily, Gamble is unusually self-aware for a comedian, and poked fun at himself for how much of his show he spent detailing a cauliflower pizza recipe. T

his made what could have easily become a worn out joke something that kept the sold-out crowd laughing and cheering throughout the performance.

Gamble’s true success is managing to make audience members feel part of the joke, rather than simply there to provide the laughter.


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