Ed Gamble's hot dog is too much for the London Tube | Sausage is now a cucumber to escape poster ban

Ed Gamble's hot dog is too much for the London Tube

Sausage is now a cucumber to escape poster ban

comedyEd Gamble has been told he can’t show his sausage on the London Underground.

Posters for the comic’s latest tour, Hot Diggity Dog, have fallen foul of the rules banning the promotion of unhealthy foods on the Tube network.

The original tour artwork shows Gamble – the host of the Off Menu podcast and one of the Great British Menu judges – dabbing mustard and ketchup off his face while he sits with a half-eaten hot dog on his plate. 

But Transport for London bosses were not happy with the image,. so ordered it to be changed if it was to appear in stations. Now, thanks to Photoshop, the hot dog has now been replaced by a much healthier cucumber – as our before and after pictures above show.

Writing on Instagram, Gamble explained: ‘TfL told me I couldn’t have a hot dog on my poster to promote my @hackneyempire shows in June. I guess I’m dangerous? So I’ve replaced it with a cucumber. Eat your greens, kids!’


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The ad was tweaked before it went up after TfL manages advised that the original version would not have been acceptable

A TfL spokesperson told Chortle  said: ‘We welcome all advertising on our network that complies with our published guidance. 

‘Following a review of the advert, we advised that elements would need to be removed or obscured to ensure it complied with our policy. A revised advert is now running on the network and we are always happy to work with people to ensure adverts follow our policy.’

Headed by London Major Sadiq Khan, Transport For London, prohibits any advertising that ‘promotes (directly or indirectly) food or non-alcoholic drink which is high in fat, salt and/or sugar’ using Food Standards Agency guidelines to define that.

Last year a poster for the dinner show Tony n' Tina's Wedding was banned because it featured a wedding cake, seen to promote ‘foods high in fat, salt and sugar’ – after producers spent £20,000 on the campaign.

And Operation Mincemeat - also produced by Gamble’s production company Avalon – had their posters banned because of a design that looked like they had been graffittied might have encouraged ‘wider acts of vandalism’.

In 2015 an ad for the comedy play Bad Jews was banned because it was felt the title may ‘cause widespread or serious offence’. However the writer, producer and half the cast were Jewish – and the title was meant to mean ‘non-observant’ rather than evil.

Nine years earlier, London Underground banned adverts for Reginald D Hunter’s West End run of Pride And Prejudice And Niggas because of the final word.

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Published: 26 Mar 2024

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