REVIEW – Sam Lake – Cake


Sam Lake: Cake shall be enjoying each evening at 9:50pm till Sunday, twenty eighth August at Pleasance Courtyard – The Cellar.

EDINBURGH welcomes one other debutant this yr, as Sam Lake brings a refreshingly open, trustworthy and uncensored present to the Fringe.

This yr marks the 30-year-old comic’s first time on the Pageant, and while nonetheless pretty new on the comedy circuit, he definitely has the makings for a future star.

Meandering onto the stage while ingesting a glass of rosé wine and clad in a t-shirt referencing the enduring Come Dine With Me second, “What a tragic little life Jane”, Sam already gained a number of chuckles throughout the viewers.

Sam Lake brings a refreshingly open, spectacular debut to the Fringe.

Delightfully camp and unapologetically open about his life, Sam opens his set with materials referencing his realisation that he’s “changing into a person” – as a result of he’s began making (albeit questionable) noises while understanding on the health club.

The self-described “nasty little bitch” makes some extent of acknowledging his viewers and he wasn’t afraid to poke enjoyable at numerous viewers members – I personally was appointed his “rosé administrator”, primarily being charged with telling him when it was time to drink.

While being self-aware and brazenly acknowledging the viewers’s reactions to his humour, there was a slight vibe of Sam being overly desirous to impress.

Comprehensible given that is his first time at Edinburgh Fringe, however he may benefit from just a bit much less reliance on the viewers’s approval.

It’s a tough scale to stability.

Nonetheless, this hiccup doesn’t falter what’s in any other case a powerful and at occasions gut-bustingly humorous debut.


The present covers an array of subjects in its one hour runtime, however the main focus is on Sam’s engagement and subsequent marriage to associate David.

Sam’s likeable persona and sassy nature go hand-in-hand in his supply of tales, whether or not or not it’s his associate gifting him a mug on their second anniversary, or his working joke of an encounter with a daring and brash particular person at a homosexual bar.

His down-to-earth, relatable model makes it very a lot really feel like this might simply be a pal of yours telling you a bewildering story down the pub.

His type of humour could be very a lot anecdotal comedy, with your complete present being comprised of those tales.

Aided by slideshow photos of himself, his associate, family and friends, Sam retains the temper lighthearted, the theme informal and the jokes punchy.

Sam takes no disgrace in delivering some fairly crude humour at factors, which felt prefer it gained some embarrassed reactions, however I personally discovered it hilarious.

The overarching theme of the present, as Sam says himself, is about reassessing your objectives when issues don’t go the way you deliberate, given the unique plan for his or her wedding ceremony was cancelled because of Covid.

This theme is an trustworthy and respectable one, but it surely felt as if it wasn’t actually obvious nor explored as a theme till the ultimate 10 or quarter-hour of the present.

No matter this, I used to be left creasing with laughter at factors and caught myself smiling alongside to Sam’s storytelling greater than as soon as.

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Sam is a fantastic comic and has potential to be a star on the scene. Somewhat extra sharpening and a few fine-tuning of his set will make sure that.

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