Always Be Comedy (5 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2018
Birthday Girls: Late-Night Comedy Party (Guest): Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2018
Before Ed Gamble appeared at Always Be Comedy in February 2018, I was invited up on stage by resident MC James Gill to perform my regular song. This as usual brought the house down and left the audience energised for Gamble’s act. I have seen Gamble perform a few times at Always Be Comedy, but this was the first time I had seen him headline the show. Again, whilst he made me laugh out loud, I found him to be a brilliant observational stylish comedian with a denigrating sense of humour. After his set, I met him at the bar and he told me that I was a difficult act to follow! Gamble need not have worried as his set had gone down extremely well with the audience.
Gamble made further guest appearances at Always Be Comedy in March and May 2018 and the laughter rate was once again extremely high. When I saw him deliver his Edinburgh fringe preview show at Always Be Comedy in July 2018, his confidence soared, his banter with the audience was effortless and the subject material which included being stranded in New York with three fellow comedians was first rate.
In August 2018, I was extremely pleased to see Gamble as a guest on the Birthday Girls Late Night Comedy Party at the Edinburgh Fringe. His confidence was sky-high, and the audience loved him.
When he appeared at Always Be Comedy again in October 2018, not for the first time he mentioned and delivered an inspired routine about this blog which made me convulse with laughter. His point was that he felt my blog was generally too positive. After the show, this got me thinking. Watching comedy is of course very subjective and dear reader if after what I have written makes you go and see the comedian then that is great, and you can make your own judgement. If you ever see me in an audience at a comedy night, I am always enjoying myself so much that I find it hard to be negative about anyone who is on stage. Over the years, I have indeed seen many acts vanish very quickly, but I believe credit must be given to anyone for getting up and having a go. I was genuinely delighted to have my blog be included in Gamble’s set and to be recognised like this for sitting in an audience and laughing at a great comedian was an absolute privilege.
Gamble for me, is one of the funniest and continuously improving comedians I have recently seen. He just seems to get funnier and funnier every time I see him on stage. He is always a pleasure to watch and meet after his set and I look forward to seeing him live again soon.