Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Bec Hill: Caught On Tape, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw.
Regrets, Bec’s had a few. Chief among them: an incident from her childhood. Humiliated by her parents’ mirth over an earnestly intended fake news report she’d performed and video-taped with her brother, she wiped the offending article in a fit of pique. For personal reasons, she wishes she still had it.
That’s the hook of the colourful Australian comic’s latest show, in which she strives to explore the festering nature of regret. Exuberant soldier that she is, however, Hill attacks the theme with her usual prescription of endearingly childish whimsy.
The key word there is “exuberant”. With her wonderfully expressive face – she would’ve been a hit in the silent era – Hill is so likeable she almost, but not always, gets away with merely adequate material. She’s good company; even if you don’t laugh much, you’ll always leave a Hill show smiling.
As faint as that praise sounds, it’s drawn from frustration. Her more inspired moments – all based around her abundant talent for pun-based artistry – suggest a natural clown who hasn’t yet found her form.
Hill is at her funniest when flipping through her ingenious portfolio of hand-crafted, crudely-animated drawings, the best of which spool into a daft decathlon of sight gags and wordplay. Plus, in this show, she craftily subverts the modern stand-up cliché of making a Big Meaningful Point, but without undermining her sincere message.
She’s good. One day she might be great.
Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 13 August 2015
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