EdFringe Talk: Sam Lake: Cake

“I think in many ways I’m still a silly little comedy boy.”

WHO: Sam Lake

WHAT: “Debut hour from nice young man, Sam Lake. In 2020, Sam wrote a show all about his upcoming wedding. Then both the wedding and show were swiftly cancelled. Based on his own personal love story, it’s a show about reassessing your goals when things don’t go how you planned. But it’s also funny. And there’s cake. We’ll have a lovely time. As well as starring in All 4’s The Joy of Missing Out and Dave’s The Comedy Guide to Life, Sam has also won Leicester Square New Comedian of The Year.”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – The Cellar (Venue 33) 

WHEN: 21:50 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I actually live in Edinburgh! I moved here just over two years ago to be with my (now) husband. I moved just before the lockdowns first started. Remember when that whatsapp message was going around about making a big lasagne at Wembley Stadium? Yeah, that’s when I fled London.

I’ve obviously been to the Edinburgh Fringe before, but this is my first time with my own show. I think visiting the fringe and seeing as many shows as you can in one go is fun, it’s exciting. Doing a show for the whole month is quite different. If you happen to see me in the street, maybe handing out flyers for my show, please, for the love of god, make me drink some water or chew a multivitamin.

What are the big things you’ve learned since 2019 and have you absorbed any of the lessons yet?

I think in many ways I’m still a silly little comedy boy, but what’s changed the most for me is learning to be a bit more expressive about my emotions, as in not keeping things that are bothering me to myself. It’s okay to talk to friends and loved ones about your feelings. It’s something I’m still working on, but it’s a good lesson learned. I’m ashamed to say it, but in order to learn this lesson, I did have to start a podcast and I am truly so sorry for that.

Tell us about your show.

My show is called Cake, an hour of stand-up comedy from myself, and it is making its big debut at the Edinburgh Fringe. It’s being produced by the wonder that is Katie Storey who is truly a godsend. And you can see it 3-28th Aug (Not 16th) 9.50pm at the Pleasance Courtyard.

My show is the story of how my husband and I found ourselves having to completely scrap our plans for our wedding day and instead have a very hasty, very chaotic wedding. It was an amazing day, but how it all happened and specifically what happened on the day is quite the story. It’s a show about making peace with how things you planned for yourself actually unfold and being comfortable with unexpected changes. It’s also about me and my husband, how we met, our own cute little love story.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

In all honesty, most people coming to the fringe have already booked the big shows they want to see. As a punter, sometimes I think you should just walk around the streets and take a chance on the

first show you get handed a flyer for. Some of my best and opposite-of-best experiences at the fringe have come from doing this.

If I had to recommend anyone else’s show, may I recommend some fellow debutants: Krystal Evans, Hannah Fairweather, Chloe Petts, Shelf, Joseph Parsons, Celya AB. All wonderful. But only go see them AFTER you’ve seen my show. Daddy’s still has wedding bills to pay off.