EP 23 – Bec Hill – Potential life saver #SimonShat

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EP 23 – Bec Hill – Potential life saver #SimonShat



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About Bec Hill…

A constant beam of happiness Bec Hill is an Australian comedian who moved to the UK to pursue a career in stand up but not in the usual way… here’s her story of how she went from a niche perform in her homeland of Australia to a headline act and Edinburgh Fringe staple perform in the UK. Jam packed with advice, mistakes, lessons learned and more.

She’s going back to the Fringe this year, you can get tickets to her Scottish shows here or come see her and me doing a preview in London on July 12th [reserve your free ticket here]! You can also follow her on Twitter and see her outstanding viral videos on YouTube.

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Here are a list of the questions we covered. 

The Circuit

  • What’s the secret to being happy? [0 mins 0 secs]
  • Are there some gigs you find your brand of comedy doesn’t work at? [3 mins 10 secs]
  • You were telling me there’s a lot of clubs you avoid doing. Why? [3 mins 10 secs]
  1. Comedy Collective FB Forum
  2. The value of a gimmick
  • How do you juggle doing open mic gigs for new material and paid gigs? [16 mins 55 secs]
  1. Rufus And Howard – ManBuyCow Podcast
  • Can you make a living just from the live circuit or do you have other jobs?  [29 mins 05 secs]
  • The disadvantages / advantages of having a prop in your act (you’ve said before that promoters sometimes book you and are disappointed if you don’t bring the pad / travelling with the pad & it getting damaged) [3 mins 10 secs]
  • Why don’t you put yourself out there as an MC? And advice for MCs [21 mins 40 secs]
  • “female” comedian gig listings [12 mins 35 secs]

Edinburgh Shows

  • Other than having amazing shows, how do you think you’ve built up your Edinburgh audience?
  • Your media coverage last year (2014) was amazing. Front page of the Guardian Guide etc How did you do that? [55 mins 10 secs]
    • Do you make a profit on Edinburgh? [30 mins 25 secs]
  • Advice for Edinburgh marketing and flyerering [59 mins 28 secs]
  • Edinburgh History and lessons from working at the Gilded Balloon [32 mins 09 secs]
  1. Daniel Sloss
  • Free vs paid fringe. [32 mins 09 secs]
  • Did they offer you a deal because you worked for them? [39 mins]
  • Edinburgh Fringe tips [42 mins]
  1. Idil Sukans podcast.
  2. Sean Brightman podcast
  • Last minute tips for anyone doing Edinburgh for the first time [1 hour 42 mins 40 secs]

Pun Run

  • Why did you start it? Why puns? [25 mins 21 secs]
  • Has it help your audience for your solo shows? [25 mins 21 secs]

Twitter audience

  • Time Out’s funniest person on Twitter. Was that something you entered or because Ben Williams (the comedy editor) knows your work and follows you? [1 hour 5 mins 0 secs]
  1. Louisa’s Podcast
  • The relationship she has with her Twitter audience [1 hour 12 mins 55 secs]

YouTube viral success

  • Do you think your YouTube success has helped build you an audience or do you think they’re random viral hits? [1 hour 23 mins]
  • Do you ever seed them out to places to get them more exposure? [1 hour 23 mins]
  • Ben Williams at Time Out Podcast (coming soon)
    • Which are you most proud of and why?
    • How long do they take?
  • Do you find it’s hard to perform them live once a number of people have seen them live because “they’ve already seen the material”? [1 hour 17 mins]
  1. Dinosaurs video
  2. Kill Yourself video
  3. Bike man video
  • Do you think of yourself as a member of the youtube community? [1 hour 23 mins]

Australia va UK.

  • national finals of the Raw new act competition. How did that impact your career? [1 hour 38 mins 30 secs]
    • solo debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with her show If You Can Read This My Cape Fell Off. Then moved to the UK. What was the reason behind that move?
  • Do you think the UK has a better circuit than Oz? [1 hour 30 mins 20 secs]

Having an agent

  • We’ve talked about this before, but I love your attitude towards having management because you keep booking some of your own gigs, and then leave them to find you new stuff. [1 hour 33 mins 30 secs]

Comedy Courses

  • When someone comes to me and asks where they should do their first gig. I say look up where Bec is MCing. Because you’re lovely and welcoming for new acts and now you’re done some one-off comedy courses. Why? [1 hour 36 mins 22 secs]


  • Book recommendations [1 hour 41 mins 25 secs]



Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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