Strong drugs for his patients, strong coffee for him. But it’s not just sleep-giving for this anaesthetist, as he navigates emergencies, patients not breathing for themselves and living with a terrifying sense of responsibility. It’s enough to leave anyone feeling numb. Ed is, by the way, an anaesthetist and a comic. So don’t worry, there’s plenty of laughing gas to be had.
Basically he has two jobs, keeping people alive by putting them to sleep and – separately – making people laugh their socks off, often about medicine, often about his day job.
He even looks like the medic he is.
He also created and presented Infectious Personalities, broadcast on BBC Radio 2, where his guests included Charlie Brooker and Sindhu Vee. Ed has written and performed on BBC Radio 4, for Now Wash Your Hands and Newsjack, and he has also written for the Guardian about the intersection between medicine and comedy.