When asked for a title for her show Bec Hill didn’t have any idea what it would be about. Fair enough. It’s hard work coming up with something fresh material every season let alone a title. But when festival programmers starting making their unreasonable demands this UK-based Aussie comedian Hill took the obvious choice and chose those three magical dots to summarize her Fringe 2014 show.
She also confides that she would name her daughter Ellipsis.
How could you not like someone who seems not only seems to have a penchant for choosing great names for girls but also begins her act with a fantastic imitation of a crazy ball bouncing around the stage – only pausing to gasp intermittently in front of the tiny fan for some cool air. That alone sets the stage for some wide-awake comic mayhem.
Melding the necessary sexual jokes with awesome pop-up art Hill is a children’s entertainer who offers some very sophisticated adult appeal. And praise the Lord she avoids the typical Aussie-now-living-in-the-UK observational humour which (as she demonstrates to little applause) is just poor form.
There is an aspect of unadulterated honesty in Hill’s work whether it’s her heartfelt and somewhat ashamed confession of fibbing to her teenage crush Dean Cain or as she does towards the end of her show admitting her personal values and beliefs and their place in helping her define herself. Deceptively simple, her material is of the award-winning nature which she promised to her beloved Cain and uncluttered by overwrought puns and attempts at base humour her box of tricks and gags provide a very refreshing fifty-five minutes of fun.
Bec Hill in... Ellipsis
Venue: Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) | Edinburgh UK
Date: 25 Aug 2014
Part of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival