Adam Hills is THE king of Australian comedy. Beloved, highly successful, and without a doubt phenomenally talented, he is the crème de la crème of Australian stand-ups.
Let me get some history out of the way so that you can watch the man in action.
Adam is best known as a stand-up comedian and as host of the ABC music quiz show Spicks & Specks, which he has hosted since 2005. He has also appeared on shows including Rove (Aus), Good News Week (Aus), The Glass House (Aus), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (UK), and Mock the Week (UK). He has co-presented the Logie Awards (for Australian television) and co-hosted the ABC’s coverage of the 2008 Summer Paralympics (Adam himself has a prosthetic foot). He has performed numerous times at the biggest comedy festivals in the world, and was nominated three years in a row (2001-2003) for the Edinburgh Comedy Festival’s Main Award.
This year, Adam Hills celebrated his 40th birthday as well as his 21st year doing stand-up. When I was in Melbourne this year, I got to see him reprise his 2009 show Inflatable on his birthday for the DVD recording (he says it’s his favourite show). Two milestones with one show! I also got to see his incredible MICF show Mess Around, which was entirely improvised from audience suggestions and his own wacky brain. It turned into quite the epic run. He blogged about the whole thing.
It was recently announced that Adam would host a new show in 2011 on the ABC, a weekly talk show called Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight. I can’t wait to see him in this new format.
Adam Hills at the 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival All-Stars Cabaret:
Adam Hills at the Comedy Store:
Adam Hills on Good News Week. His banter with fellow Aussie comedy legend Paul McDermott is priceless.