Review: Ed Gamble ‘Blizzard’

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Gamble’s lively, upbeat new show ‘Blizzard’ – named after a holiday where he ended up trapped by a snow storm in New York with his comedian friends – aptly sums up his comic style. A whirlwind of irreverent wit, his high energy delivery and cheeky commentary is well-worth looking out for.

The show touches on elements of Gamble’s day-to-day life, including his status as a type 1 diabetic. Whilst ‘Diabetic Comedy’ is yet to take off as a genre, Gamble highlights the ridiculousness of the mistakes people make when observing the everyday actions he and other diabetics must take to keep themselves from harm.  Whilst anyone who’s ever tried to change their phone contract might believe that a blood sacrifice is required by their provider, the ludicrousness of confusing a blood sugar monitor with a mobile phone or an insulin pen for a haemoglobin-flavoured vape is poignant. Not only does Gamble poke fun at these reactions but in doing so normalises and, maybe surprisingly, educates his audience on what it means to be type 1 diabetic.

Gamble makes gestures towards a variety of currently divisive topics. Hinting at his dislike for toxic masculinity, he discusses how poorly he fitted into a testosterone-driven environment and envisionment of ‘the friend zone’ as the happiest, most supportive zone to be in.  He also discusses the charities he supports with a wry look at their organisation, both encouraging his audience to imagine the comedy in training snakes for the blind and advertising the charity’s cause simultaneously.

His discussion of family dysfunction and embarrassing parents is amusingly relatable. From his father’s insistence on pretending to be their cat in emails to the vet to the decision to make his baby sister’s middle name ‘Montgomery’, the warmth and affection that Gamble conveys is palpable and uplifting.

Ed Gamble is a comic that thrives of engagement with his audience, whether through gags about popular comedy venue, The Crescent, only needing a Pulp fiction poster next to the fairy lights to look like every student bedroom ever or an in-depth discussion about the line-up at Bloodstock, his teasing tone is exceptionally endearing, making each show lively and individual. His constant self-deprecation and genuine warmth makes him stand out amongst a sea of cheap shots and savage heckle put-downs. Whilst his social commentary throughout the show may be subtle, it remains powerful. Using his position on stage to encourage his audiences to be more understanding and generous as well as leaving them with a great sense of joyfulness and lust for life.

3.5/5

See tickets here.

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