Bec Hill – Out of Order

By Lisa Clark
Out OF Order

Bec Hill is always delightful. Looking for an hour of joy and laughs at the Fringe? You just can’t go past whatever show Bec is doing each year and 2017 is no exception. Out of Order, is definitely the show you ordered.

I haven’t seen Bec perform live for a number of years and I was pleased to learn that she still uses her flip charts to tell funny stories (three in this show). There was a time several years ago when butcher paper flip charts were all the rage. Many gave up their flip charts and moved on to white boards or, like Bob Dylan, went electric with multimedia laptop slide shows etc. but Bec has stuck with her flip charts and has gotten better to the point of creating a new and exciting artform. There is smoke, glitter, things blow up and off her butcher paper. Her inventiveness is utterly enchanting.

Bec’s conceit is a large board covered in post-it notes, with topics written on each one. She encourages the audience to yell out topics and her show will follow the audience’s whims. Hopefully no show will be exactly the same. Certainly not in the same order. Some of her topics are short jokes and some are longer stories, they are colour coded so the audience knows. What the audience doesn’t know at the outset is what the balls we are all handed will be used for. We do find out of course.

Yes, there is a little audience participation but no more than the gentlest of type where all the audience takes part and no one is forced to. Importantly, rather than trying to embarrass an audience member or set someone apart, Bec is all about sharing the space and everyone creating a show they can enjoy together. For the brightest spot in the Edinburgh showers, go see Bec Hill.

Out of Order is on at Gilded Balloon Teviot until August 27

Bec Hill in … Ellipsis

By Ron Bingham

Crazy Australians. Bec is a joyfully mad dancing, prop-obsessed, comic dynamo.

Ellipsis is based around a fight with her self-doubt (voiced throughout by noted comic Phil Nicol). There are a lot of props used to hilarious effect and, at one point, one of the props fought back! The middle section, with puns, was full of groaners. The Wheel of Annoyance (I’m sure you get the idea of how this works) had some very funny stories attached to each irritating annoyance and although her wordsmithery paints some great mental panoramas for the audience,  I really wanted to see a picture of her sitting in the Burger King chair.

Bright, vivacious, bubbly, animated and engaging are all words that could be used to describe Bec’s show, but I prefer the word hyperactive. I can’t go into too much detail about the show as it’s too fast and changeable for a close analysis, but if you love seeing someone giving their all to make you laugh then you have to get a ticket for this show.

The room was small and full, there is a fair amount of swearing (filthy audience!) so it’s perfect for teenagers, old people, young people, anyone who likes a laugh and anyone who thinks Aussies are funny. So anyone really.

Bec Hill is performing Ellipsis at The Gilded Balloon. for Tickets and more information go to the Edinburgh Fringe Website

The Aussie Invasion of the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe – Now With Extra Danger!

By Colin Flaherty

It’s almost August and that means Edinburgh Fringe time. Quite a few Australian performers are heading north for a Scottish summer.

Our London based Squirrel Ron will be covering Fringe for us; covering both Australian acts and other performers who may venture to our shores in the future.

A browse of the program reveals some interesting shows from the Aussies. Many comedians are bringing their current shows seen in the Australian festivals including David Quirk with the show that won him the “Piece of Wood Award”. Joint Newcomer winners in 2012, Ronnie Cheing and Matt Okine, are taking their current shows.

Tommy Little, Mel Buttle & Josh Thomas have recently cancelled their Edinburgh runs due to television commitments. Josh is going Hollywood instead, his TV series Please Like Me is being picked up by a new US cable channel Pivot TV which is aimed at young people and will air from August 1st.

Myf Warhurst hosts a chat show Showcatcher that features all manner of festival guests spruiking their festival shows.

Expat Bec Hill is going to be a busy beaver this Festival. She is performing in her own stand up show (Bec by Popular Demand), a two-hander show with Patrick Monahan (Bec Hill and Patrick Monahan’s Hour of Fun!), a children’s sketch show (Bec & Tom’s Awesome Laundry) and is hosting Pun Run, the UK’s only pun-based comedy club.

Yianni has an intriguing concept this year: a series of free shows at The Dram House leading up to a huge ticketed show at Venue150 @ EICC. Will he fill Edinburgh’s largest room?

The 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 02 – 26 August. Shows for 2013 are now on sale!


Here’s the list of shows. If we’ve previously reviewed a show we’ve added the link.

If we’ve missed anyone, please drop us a line.


Adam Hills: Happyism @ Assembly Hall

Ali McGregor’s Late-Nite Variety-Nite Night @ Assembly Checkpoint

Alex Williamson @ Gilded Balloon Teviot

Bec Hill: Bec by Popular Demand @ Gilded Balloon Teviot

Bec Hill and Patrick Monahan’s Hour of Fun! @ Gilded Balloon Teviot

Bec & Tom’s Awesome Laundry @ Gilded Balloon Teviot

Pun Run (hosted by Bec Hill) @ The Canons’ Gait

Claudia O’Doherty: Pioneer @ Pleasance Courtyard

Damian Clark in G’Damo! @ Gilded Balloon Teviot

Daniel Townes – I Think So I’m Ready @ Laughing Horse @ Bar 50

Dave Callan: The Psychology of Laughter @ Gilded Balloon Teviot

David Quirk – Shaking Hands With Danger @ Pleasance Courtyard
Here’s our review from MICF 2013 :

Dayne Rathbone – It’s Me Dayne @ Gilded Balloon Teviot

Die Roten Punkte – Kunst Rock (Art Rock) @ AssemblyGeorge Square

Dr Professor Neal Portenza’s Interactive Goat Hour: There are no goats and the show is only 54 minutes long, excluding the bonus minute @ The Dram House Upstairs

Eric Hutton’s Favourite Songs @ Laughing Horse @ Bar 50

Evolution of iMaAN @ Laughing Horse @ Espionage

Felicity Ward: Irregardless @ Underbelly, Bristo Square

Hannah Gadsby: Nakedy Nudes (Departs from Assembly Rooms, Bristo Place)

Hannah Gadsby: Happiness is a Bedside Table @ Assembly Roxy
Here’s our review from MICF 2013 :

Instant Order: Trial By Audience (featuring Karin Danger, Scott Gooding, Katie Lockett & Sean Fabri) @ The Dram House Upstairs

Jen Carnovale: Not a Person Person @ Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Jimeoin: Yes,Yes, Whatever…?! @ Venue150 @ EICC

John Robertson – The Dark Room @ Underbelly, Cowgate

Jon Bennett: My Dad’s Deaths @ Underbelly, Cowgate

Karin Danger: Hot Box @ Just the Tonic at The Caves ​

KelFi & FiKel @ Gilded Balloon Teviot

Lisa-Skye – Ladyboner @ C venues – C nova
Here’s our review from MICF 2012 :

Matt Okine: Being Black & Chicken & S#%t @ Underbelly, Bristo Square

Not Suitable for Drinking (Sydney sketch trio) @ Ciao Roma

Ronny Chieng: The Ron Way @ Underbelly, Cowgate

Rob Lloyd: Who, Me @ Just The Tonic at Bristo Square

Showcatcher (hosted by Myf Warhurst) @ Assembly George Square

Storytellers’ Club @ Pleasance Courtyard

Unmanageable (Featuring expat Kim Hope) @ Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Yianni in Think Big @ The Dram House & Venue150 @ EICC