Thai-American comedian, hilariously talented improvisor and witty writer, Cam Gavinski, known for his absurd characters and viral TikTok sketches makes his Edinburgh Fringe debut with his solo show: BONHEUR. Running from Aug 2 to Aug 28 (Aug 14 Day Off) at one of Edinburgh Fringe's longest-running and most iconic venues, the Gilded Balloon Teviot (Nightclub). For tickets please visit:
Every male comedian talks about his dick, but in BONHEUR, a coming-of-age musical solo show, Cam Gavinski talks to his dick: a penis puppet by the name of Pipi LeSpew. Together Cam and Pipi expose the true story from his adolescence of when he was blackmailed by a stranger on the internet over pictures of his privates going public.
“It’s a post-modern woke tongue-in-cheek deconstruction of toxic-masculinity, also there’s a penis puppet”, explains Cam, “as someone who lives with depression and anxiety, a lot of my work explores Mental Health, BONHEUR isn’t about that really, the story in the show is up there for bad/shocking/making me who I am today. I don’t want to spoil the show, but: as a teenager, I was blackmailed by a stranger on the internet over lewd videos/photos of me”.
Cam Gavinski’s emergence as an online phenomenon comes as no surprise to anyone who has witnessed him rip it up at clubs up and down the USA the past few years. Cam has written, directed, and starred in multiple viral videos that have amassed over 20 Million Views across social media platforms. Having regularly performed on the road with veteran stand-up quipster comedian Todd Glass (Netflix, Tosh.0, Ten Year Old Tom), Cam has recently made his TV debut with roles in the latest season of Euphoria and Netflix’s teen come Boo, Bitch, of his experience on the HBO’s hit show Cam says; “I made history, by playing Euphoria's first Ugly Teen!”
A University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts graduate, Cam studied 2D animation, and Digital Arts, before making his bones on the comedy circuit performing improvisation at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, Cam has worked as a storyboard artist/animator on The Jim Jefferies Show on and Nathan For You on Comedy Central. His animated short film Frank made the Student BAFTA shortlist and won Best Animated Short at Adobe First Look in 2019, and the PSIAF award for Best 2D Comedy Short.
While social media isn't likely to replace stand-up, it has allowed a new generation of rising comedy stars like Cam to bypass the traditional routes to make their names, with Edinburgh Fringe signing his first mainstream debut, Cam says; “we’re about to enter a live theatre/live show renaissance. Exponentially evolving A.I. gives non-artists the ability to create high-quality content at astronomical speeds, which is going to devalue content altogether to the point that “Content” will stop mattering. People will flock to tangible experiences. Live shows are going to be bigger than ever”.
If it is true that Americans tend to celebrate success and Brits love failure Cam’s humour will knock British audiences out. As Stephen Fry explained in detail once - when it comes to comedy, one insightful observation of the British comic actor was that often the “heroes” of British comedy tend to be losers. They have high aspirations (and may also be pompous, or pretentious), but they are constantly failing to pull themselves out of the hole.
“I’m a Thai-American comedian living in Los Angeles. My grandfather is from the UK, so I’m both British and Native American, which makes family reunions awkwaaard! Genocide’s a crazy thing huh”, Cam enthuses.
BONHEUR is a must-see Edinburgh Fringe debut show from one of the rising stars of the new TikTok viral comedy generation.
Cam Gavinski Edinburgh Fringe debut solo show: BONHEUR will run from Aug 2 to Aug 28 (Aug 14 Day Off) at the Gilded Balloon Teviot (Nightclub).