Review: Ed Gamble: Stampede at the Komedia, Brighton
Shouting throughout the entire show, Ed Gamble took the clichÃ© 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.
This 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.