At his upcoming Nanaimo show, Vancouver comedian Ed Hill will be reflecting on the strength of the women in his life.
On Dec. 10, Hill performs at the Nanaimo Bar, where he’ll be joined by local funny man Peter Hudson. It’s Hill’s first Nanaimo show since before the pandemic. He said his return to touring has been meaningful for both him and his audience.
“I am definitely more appreciative of the crowds and I think the crowds are also more in the moment,” Hill said. “I think people are starting to realize the essence of live performance, the energy … there’s something there that we lost and they’re finally getting it back.”
The show is a follow up to Hill’s last comedy special, which focused on his identity as somebody who’s both an individual and a combination of his parents. He said “as much as I try to push away who they were, they’re very much who I am.” In his new act, Hill directs his attention to the women in his life.
“For the longest time I saw strength came from the men in my life, but now I’m starting to understand that it’s the women who hold the real strength,” he said. “It’s my conversation with myself and also with the audience about these women in my life and how they influenced me and how they made me who I am and how it actually defines me as a man.”
Hill said the realization came to him during the pandemic. He said the person who was by his side the whole time was his wife. Since he’s usually touring, Hill said it was the first time the two of them were together for a year and a half non-stop. Soon he started thinking about his relationship with his mother and grandmother as well.
“I decided … this is something I’ve never talked about [and] I think it would be very important for me to talk about, both as me and also as a male,” he said.
WHAT’S ON … Ed Hill performs at the Nanaimo Bar, 2-75 Front St., on Dec. 10 at 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets $22, available here.