Ed Gamble has opened up about diabetes awareness, saying he thinks doing a show like Strictly Come Dancing would be great to show people a bit more about it.
While Ed’s already conquered shows like Taskmaster, he’s not quite up for taking on the glitzy ballroom any time soon. However, if he ever does decide to, it would certainly teach a whole new audience about the condition, which is still often misunderstood.
‘Not at the moment,’ he admitted when asked if he can see himself headed to the ballroom soon. ‘I can’t see myself actually enjoying the process – it looks quite arduous!
”[But] it would be another great thing for diabetes awareness – that’s a hugely physically exerting show to do, I think, it would prove that I could actually do that as well.
‘I think it would be tricky to balance,’ he added, chatting during Diabetes Awareness Week.
Referring to his Dexcom glucose monitor, he added: ‘But I use this thing now with my phone, the Dexcom CGM, and it just gives me all my levels. So I could do Strictly – but you would be able to see my phone in my Spandex throughout!’
We reckon we could forgive him for that!
The comedian has often been open about having type one diabetes, even naming his comedy special Blood Sugar.
‘Anything that a comedian has that makes them a little more unique, if they have something interesting to talk about that other people don’t have – we will exploit every single part of it!’ he joked.
‘I enjoy the challenge of talking about it. It can be quite serious and quite complicated but it’s just trying to make it interesting for the public.’
However, while he’s not afraid to tackle the serious in his comedy, there are some topics he’d rather stay away from, at least for now – including politics.
‘I tried desperately to write a big political, emotional show, but [the tour] is mainly about buffet breakfasts,’ he lamented.
‘There’s so many different comedians who tackle incredible topics with comedy in loads of different ways…there’s amazing political comics out there and I am not one of them!’ Ed added. ‘One day maybe I’ll find a way to talk about it in my own style, but not yet.’
Aside from his stand-up, Ed’s known for his podcast Off Menu, which he hosts with James Acaster.
The lads already landed their dream guest in Ainsley Harriott, but have got their sights set on some incredible guests if they ever got the chance.
‘We always talked about Lin Manuel Miranda,’ he revealed. ‘The Rock is our dream. One day, fingers crossed. And Kathy Burke. We always try and get The Rock and Kathy Burke and I think both of them are as dream guest-worthy as the other.’
We would absolutely love to see it.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year. Tickets for Ed’s tour Electric are on sale now.