Adam Hills: Happy Feet Perrier nominee
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2002
The 2001 Perrier award nominee returns with an all-new show. Sundays with BSL sign interpreter.
You've gotta love Adam Hills.
Supremely friendly and infectiously enthusiastic, he gets audience on his side within seconds - with even the most reticent of viewers willingly swept along with the tide of good humour emanating from the stage.
It's a symbiotic relationship, too. Such a perfectly-primed audience naturally wants to contribute, and their open answers provide Hills with plenty of raw material from which to weave his comedy.
And he maximises that potential, his quick mind always coming up with the right gag for the occasion, thanks to his brilliant ability to think on his feet. Or rather, foot.
For Hills is a monoped, with an artificial right foot. It's not something he has really talked about on stage before, as he says it hasn't affected his life - and that means he does so with a light, matter-of-fact manner.
This is not a tale of struggle against his disability (though Hills prefers the more exciting term 'mutant'), but rather an excellent excuse for some fantastically funny anecdotes - and a catalogue of foot-related puns, naturally.
It's a topic that could be tackled mawkishly or tastelessly, but Hills's gift is that he can talk about anything and keep it upbeat.
In another fabulous segment of this show, he talks about the real fear following the September 11 terrorist attacks. Yet he still manages to be flippant and light-hearted, without any question of causing offence.
Such an easy manner belies some clever thinking. Though chatty, the show is cleverly structured, flowing effortlessly and often calling back on previous gags (even previous shows) for fresh punchlines.
An Adam Hills performance is always a joyous occasion, but this is his finest show yet. Sheer brilliance from start to finish.
Lucy - 13/11/2003
My god, the man is a comic genius! I won't ever stop laughing when i think about it.
Sabena Williams - 21/10/2002
Another blinding show. typical Aussie, laid-ack and friendly. A pleasure
Ed Meehan - 25/08/2002
Abysmal. The worst stand-up I've ever seen. A lot of bloke-ish, I'm-your-mate style patter can't disguise a woeful lack of effort and imagination. His political material is not only tame but also inaccurate (it's still actually illegal to be an open homosexual in the US military, Adam.) Add to this some lame-arsed nonsense about Steve Irwin, croc-hunter and you have the blandest, falvourless pap on the fringe. All defences of his act basically amount to saying how chummy he is. Such a lack of risk will not suffice.
Estelle - 23/08/2002
He is certainly the best comedian of the all festival
Dan Willis - 22/08/2002
Full of positivity and charm, an absolutely 100 per cent funny performer who's only ever working towards making the audience happy- surely that's what it's all about.
Janice - 20/08/2002
He is fantastic. He was by far the funniest person that I saw at Edinburgh Festival. What a nice guy! His attempt at Georgie Best's accent on the Greg Proops radio show was just great. However, anytime he wants a brush-up lesson on how do the Northern Irish accent, I am ready and willing.
Shirley - 15/08/2002
Do we have to wait another year to get talent this good? Haste ye back
Vivienne - 04/08/2002
Give this man a Perrier, quick. Everyone else go home.
Brendon Burns - 30/11/-0001
He stumps women!