Hi Bec, tell us a little about your show?
I have one regret in life. In order to try and get over that regret, I asked the public what their biggest regrets were and how they dealt with them. I now regret choosing such a harrowing subject for a comedy show.
When we saw your show last year in Edinburgh we loved your use of the paper puppetry, it was fresh and really clever, how did it come to be part of your stand up?
The paper-puppetry started as an experiment not long after I began stand-up. Then it stayed because people liked it more than my jokes. Sometimes I feel like it’s the funnier performer in our double-act. I resent carrying it around, so every now and then I’ll not bring it with me and then I’ll have a really nice crowd and think, “Aw, I wish I could show them the paper-puppetry,” and then I go home and look at the flipchart sitting there, all sad, and I’m like, “I can’t stay mad at you.”
Who are the acts who you really admire or who influenced your career?
I think I was more influenced by shows like Art Attack and The Goodies, than comedians. But I probably wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for my comedy mentor, Justin Hamilton (an Australian comedian).
What’s your approach to creating a new show, when does the process start for you?
I almost always come up with my next show while writing a current one. I’ll be trying to jam all these jokes into one show and then I’ll realise that a bunch of jokes actually fit into an entirely different theme, which I save for the next year. I started writing this show while I was writing last year’s Ellipsis, and while working on Caught On Tape this year, I now already have a solid idea of the next one.
What’s been your proudest moment in stand up?
Now would be a good time to brag about big gigs and performing with my comedy heroes, but really, my proudest moments have been times where I have surprised myself by calling people out on their shiz. There’s been a few similar instances, but because everyone likes a story, I’ll give an example: I once headlined a gig where the compere did a bit about how cheated they feel when they wake up next to a woman they slept with and without her make-up, she looks more like her uncle. I remember thinking, “This guy is lucky enough to get laid and then has the gall to complain?” So when I got up, I said, “I’m so sorry, but I have to give away one of our lady-secrets. Sometimes, if we sleep with a man and he is terrible in bed, rather than have to speak to them the next day, we will sneak out in the middle of the night and replace ourselves with an unconscious uncle.” It got a round of applause.
Comedy Preview: Bec Hill - Tickets just £5!
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