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Quick Quiz: Ed Gamble

By | Published on Thursday 10 August 2017

This August the Edinburgh Festival celebrates its 70th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we have asked a plethora of performers about their personal Fringe experiences. Today comedian, podcaster, actor and one half of Peacock & Gamble, Mr Ed Gamble.

TW: What was your first ever experience of the Edinburgh Fringe?
EG: I came up with a school play in 2004 and was blown away by the place. It was like someone had designed the whole festival specifically for me. It always feels exciting coming here, but I don’t think I’ll ever recapture that initial feeling of discovering it all for the first time. The play was pretty good from my recollection, but mainly because I was only playing a small part.

TW: What’s the best thing you’ve ever seen performed at the Fringe?
EG: Jonny Sweet’s ‘Let’s Just Have Some Fun (And Learn Something For Once)’, Andrew O’Neill’s ‘Winston Churchill Was Jack The Ripper’ and We Are Klang’s ‘Klangbang’ are the three shows that I have laughed most in over the years. Utterly joyous shows, all of them.

TW: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen performed at the Fringe – so bad it was good?
EG: A sketch double act during a mixed bill night at 2am pretending to be puppets having sex to absolute pin drop silence. I had to squat down in the back biting my fingers to stop myself yelping.

TW: Which of the Fringe shows you performed in do you most fondly remember – and why?
EG: All of them have a special place in my heart, but I have a particular fondness for Peacock & Gamble ‘Don’t Even Want To Be On Telly Anyway’ in 2012, as well as my solo show Lawman ‘2015’. The P&G show was when we really nailed what we were doing. The written stuff was good and we still had plenty of room for horsing around, which is when we were at our best. Also, people came. ‘Lawman’ was a lovely year as I was doing the Free Fringe for the first time and it was a revelation. No worrying about ticket sales and people were excited to be there. Also, it was at 1.15pm so I could have a beer with lunch.

TW: Name a Fringe performer – past or present – who you’d like to join on stage?
EG: The acapella group from the Royal Mile who used to haunt my dreams. They could come onstage and then I could knock them out one by one.

TW: Other than performing and seeing shows, what is your favourite thing to do in Edinburgh during August?
EG: Trying to replicate my home life as closely as possible so I don’t lose my mind. And eating. A lot of eating.

Ed Gamble performed ‘Mammoth’ at Pleasance Courtyard  at Edinburgh Festival 2017.