Review: Ted Hill’s Quip Tease

Sian Avery 29 April 2014

A one-off performance in the Corpus Playroom, ‘Ted Hill’s Quip Tease’ was a lively show that succeeded in entertaining the audience to a degree often aspired to by the more seasoned comics of the Cambridge stage.  While all too often student stand-up performances fall a little flat, Hill and his ensemble managed to successfully play to the mood of the audience, delivering an evening of genuinely entertaining comedy.  As with any routine of this nature, some jokes were well received from the very supportive audience, while others either left a wake of confusion or simply fizzled out.  However, such lulls did little to diminish the atmosphere as the six comics provided a diversity of style and subject that easily kept the audience’s attention throughout.

Opening with a self-consciously “tedious and contrived” slideshow which got fewer laughs than the friendly heckling it encouraged, it seemed at this early stage that the night would be one of initially amusing concepts painfully drawn-out to the point of exhaustion; however, Ted Hill’s emergence onto the stage soon dissipated this concern.  Though off to something of a slow start with an oddly apologetic attitude, Hill soon demonstrated that he was deserving of the show’s eponymous title.  While Dan Leigh’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’/ ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ joke delighted the audience, along with Patrick Brooks’ comic delving into Harry Potter fan fiction, Harry Wright’s literary analysis of Katy Perry and Chris Page’s death metal allusions, it was Victor Herrero who truly delighted the audience and provided a fitting finale to the evening. His ‘hunchback of the library’ went down particularly well as, like Hill and his defining of the ‘Cambridge lad’, he appealed the comedy of student life familiar to those watching.

Hill, along with fellow producer Anne Barrowman, succeeded in staging a night of diverse comedy, providing the opportunity for those new to the Cambridge stage to join the more seasoned faces which was, as a result, refreshing to see.  Naturally, some of the anecdotes remained convoluted and the puns clumsy; however, as they tried out new material these shortfalls were easily made up for by the hilarity of the peak moments of the show.