Save the bust ‘til last

Bev Killick
Bev Killick
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Aussie comedienne Bev Killick toured her home nation as the support act for hit show Puppetry of the Penis.

Now she’s on stage in another night of nakedness, this time all about women’s wobbly bits.

Bev and sassy songstress Emma Powell star in Busting Out – a show that’s part musical, part stand-up, part theatre and part cabaret.

Follow its hugely successful Edinburgh Fringe season and subsequent tour of the UK last year, the hilarious Australian show that puts women’s assets at centre stage will be baring all again for a major UK tour which began last month.

This time the show also features Yorkshire lass, Mandi Lodge.

But the audience also play a vital role in proceedings by appearing on a large on-stage screen and often actually on stage.

The up-front and out-there breast-based contortions are intercut with rousing song and dance sequences, hilarious sketches, a shadow play and stand-up comedy.

We caught up with Bev ahead of her appearance at the Kings Theatre, in Southsea, on Thursday to find out what makes her tick.

When did you first realise you were funny?

I realised I was funny at about eight or nine years old.

Mum and Dad would ask me to perform my disco or gymnastics at parties and barbecues and everyone would laugh, even though I was trying to be serious.

I was never sure why they were laughing.

It was the same at school. I would talk and people would laugh.

I must have had some tone to my voice, some sort of innate natural funniness that I wasn’t that aware of at the time.

Once I’d cottoned on, I would practice little stories or impersonations of cartoon characters and sing silly songs at lunch time. I gathered a nice little audience every day.

I’ve been the clown ever since. It was up to me to say the funny line, if there was an obvious opening. The whole class would look around at me egging me on to say what they were all thinking.

What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?

A performer of some kind. I love to be in front of an audience.

I do love writing too. I imagine I’ll knuckle down to write a book one day.

I’ve always been a people connector, so something in the area of artist management or casting would be a good backstop.

You’d have to physically prize the microphone out of my hand and glue my mouth shut to get me to stop doing stand-up comedy though. It’s an an addiction that I can’t break.

Which three things make you laugh?

1) Clown and physical comedy always gets me laughing. I started out my performing career as a clown and I find it to be a subtle, intangible artform and the perfect form of comedic expression.

2) Children when they are on a roll and can’t stop giggling.

My daughter, who is five, was overtired recently and kept repeating Knox Shopping Centre over and over after we went past it on a drive home recently (yes she can read).

We were trying to get her to stop because it was driving us round the bend. She just wouldn’t stop and incorporated it into everything she said. ‘Knock knock. Who’s there? Knox Shopping Centre!’. ‘Why did the Knox Shopping Centre cross the road?’ etc. I just love a child’s nonsensical and absurdist humour.

3) Debriefing with girlfriends the morning after the night before. Going over all the naughty things that happened all over again, reliving and relishing them.

Who’s your hero?

Joan Rivers. She’s ambitious, riotously funny, rude, vulgar and will never stop.

She’s broken down a lot of barriers for women in comedy.

If she wants to talk about a subject that’s usually off limits, she goes right ahead and punches it head on.

· See Bev in Busting Out on Thursday from 7.30pm at the Kings Theatre, Southsea.

Tickets cost £16 or £17.50 from (023) 9282 8282 or