One of the joys of going to an Adam Hills gig is that you never know quite what is going to happen. Take the exuberant Australian comedian’s show in Barnstaple on his last nationwide tour.
Adam takes up the story. “During the last tour, I had a preshow ritual of going tenpin bowling every night. But in Barnstaple, I didn’t have time before the show, so I decided to take the audience bowling afterwards. I told them I was going to do it, but they thought it was a joke. I had to keep telling them I was serious.
“So at the end of the show, I took 240 people – about half the audience – along to the bowling alley. As well as bowling, we did karaoke, the arcades and air hockey. We stayed there until one in the morning. One lovely sixty something couple told me that was the first time they had been bowling for 20 years. As I left, another couple in their late 40s were still playing air hockey and just giggling.”
Adam adds that, “The only problem was that word got out, and when I didn’t take the audience bowling the next night in Exeter, the audience got grumpy. But Barnstaple was a one-off.”
Barnstaple was clearly a night to remember. “When you’re touring, you can trudge through stuff,” continues Adam, who has a prosthetic leg. “So it’s great to have a moment of pure spontaneity like that. You forget you’re on stage. You feel that you’re just in a room full of people celebrating. It’s absolutely wonderful. Each show should be an event rather than a guy just talking for an hour.”
The bond Adam enjoys with his audience means he can take them wherever he likes. For instance, there was a security alert at a gig he recently did at the Sydney Opera House. “I said to the audience, ‘Oh no, I have left my spare prosthetic leg in the dressing room. If the police see that in the corner of the room, they’ll think, ‘We’re too late – the bomb’s already gone off!’’
It is exactly this sort of joyous spontaneity that makes Adam such a memorable live act. The good news is, you don’t have to wait a long to see him performing – he is coming to Bexhill on Sunday March 27.
A comedian who is as warm and witty off stage as he is on it, Adam is currently touring the country with new show, Clown Heart, which played to rave reviews and rapturous audiences at last year’ s Edinburgh Festival.
A dazzling comic, the Australian relishes the never-to-be-repeated experience of playing to a different audience every night and he is truly one of the best stand-ups currently gracing our stage.
Blending uplifting comedy and skillful improvisations, he has won numerous awards and even more fans right around the globe. Universally viewed as “the nicest man in comedy”, Adam has quickly become one of the best-loved comedians in the UK.
Adam‘s splendidly positive brand of comedy has also picked up many awards. As the host of Channel 4’s groundbreaking live comedy show, The Last Leg, he scooped ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ and was nominated for ‘Best Entertainment Personality’ at the British Comedy Awards in 2013.
The show landed the ‘Best Entertainment Programme’ gong at the 2015 Royal Television Society Awards. A further two series of The Last Leg have been commissioned for this year. Adam has also appeared on popular TV shows such as Mock The Week, Chatty Man and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
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