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Often live versions of a TV show hits miss the mark. Trying to recreate a much-loved format in front of a live audience is a challenge. When that live audience is a festival audience the challenge is even greater. The Last Leg, though, is a perfect fit for festival fare, its improvised style and audience interaction a winning formula.
Written by Glen Pearce. The Public Reviews, 19th July 2015
Some of the working titles for the show included Blind Men Can Jump and Dwarves Aren't Magic.
Chortle, 19th July 2015
Making people laugh, discussing serious issues and restoring faith in humanity.
Written by Amanda Steel. Blasting News, 11th July 2015
When the disability charity Scope asked me to play the Milk Tray Man in their online spoof of the cheesy Cadbury's Milk Tray ads, I had to go online and research them all. Being Australian I had no idea what they were talking about.
Written by Adam Hills. The Huffington Post, 6th July 2015
A sixth series for the satire show that picks apart the week's news while making it look like a chat between three particularly witty friends down the pub. It features, as usual, Adam Hills as the genial mastermind and Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe as his grinning familiars. Tonight, the men are joined by stretched Muppet Stephen Merchant.
Hills returns with co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker and, as well as admitting the show can come together as close as half an hour before broadcast, he dished on everything from his bromance with guest and former Deputy PM Nick Clegg, to almost unbooking Piers Morgan...
Written by Emma Daly. The Radio Times, 25th June 2015
The 44-year-old Australian comic, who wears a prosthetic right foot, is married to fellow performer Ali McGregor, with whom he has two young daughters. TVChoice caught up with him for a natter...
Written by Elaine Penn. TV Choice, 16th June 2015
The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church claims it will stage an anti-ISIS demo in Iraq after comedian Adam Hills challenged them to take on the militant extremists.
Written by Ian Leonard. The Daily Mirror, 8th May 2015
Can TV's best topical comedy keep that mantle in the midst of election fever? It's a challenge, even for the excellent Adam Hills and his two sidekicks, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe.
A great sense of freedom is gained from watching The Last Leg as politics is opened up to the wider public in a way that, for once, isn't entirely depressing. I hope it continues to work its stupid magic for years to come.
Written by Becca Moody. Moody Comedy, 7th March 2015
Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe have got Friday night satire right; matey instead of aloof, heartfelt instead of withering; and, because the presenters visibly enjoy each other's company and aren't competing, far less stilted than such a heavily scripted show ought to be. They don't feel like part of the well-oiled daily debate machine, so their points stick and miracles happen: viewers' tweets aren't annoying! Nick Clegg looked human when he was on! Sarah Millican guests as another annoyingly short series ends.
Adam Hills, the presenter of The Last Leg, an anarchic chat show that recently played host to the Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, reviews his appearance.
Written by Adam Hills. The New Statesman, 10th February 2015
Alex Brooker's Channel 4 encounter with Nick Clegg was a model of how to talk normally to a politician - and make them talk normally back.
Written by Hugo Rifkind. The Spectator, 5th February 2015
I could not have been more sceptical about the idea of Nick Clegg appearing on Adam Hills' The Last Leg (Channel 4, Friday) to supposedly shake young voters out of their apathy. It turned out to be a joy to watch.
It could have been a TV disaster waiting to happen - but Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg certainly didn't disgrace himself during his guest appearance on The Last Leg.
Written by Caroline Westbrook. Metro, 30th January 2015
Nick Clegg's turn on The Last Leg tonight is quite unusual. The Liberal Democrat leader has picked up the gauntlet thrown down by the presenters of the topical comedy show two weeks ago.
Written by Alice Jones. The Independent, 30th January 2015
This the best sort of yearly review: one which takes place after the whole year has taken place, because you never know what sort of events are going to take place on the last few days of the year... and indeed something did happen which caused a bit of conflict between host Adam Hills and the viewers.
Written by Ian Wolf. On The Box, 5th January 2015
Comedian and The Last Leg presenter Adam Hills last went viral with his tirade against the Westboro Baptist Church. His rant against their British equivalent, Katie Hopkins, deserves to do just as well.
The Independent, 5th January 2015
The genial triumvirate of Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe present a special New Year edition of The Last Leg, looking at the noteworthy news stories of the past year. There will be a dick of the year award, which - in a pleasing display of democracy at work - viewers will be able to vote on, while their trademark "is it okay?" question will be joined by "will it be okay?", looking ahead at that grey area of good and bad taste for 2015. The trio will be joined in the studio by bashful polymath Richard Ayoade.
Josh Widdicombe has said that he didn't think anyone would watch The Last Leg.
Written by Frances Taylor. Digital Spy, 13th August 2014
A year on from my last chat with him, I caught up with Alex Brooker to find out what the past year has been like for him.
Written by Elliot Gonzalez. I Talk Telly, 7th August 2014
The Australian standup comedian Adam Hills is back for a new series of his topical-and-comical review show. He's joined once more by his co-hosts, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker as they take on the news agenda of the last seven days, and apply some levity and jokes to the mix. Offering their insight on the significant news moments of the week alongside them will be celebrity guests (mostly other comics and TV presenters). As usual, they also answer the most pressing question of all: "Is it OK?"
Adam Hills on the surprise success of The Last Leg: "In 2012 I was meant to be in England for six or seven weeks, doing The Fringe, and then I was going to hang around and do a few more gigs and then come home. And then I was offered ten nights of doing The Last Leg during the Paralympics, and I thought "Okay, we'll give that a crack and then we'll go back to Australia." And then before we'd even finished the Paralympics, Channel 4 were talking to me, saying "How long can you stay around for, what would you like to do?"
The team behind hit Channel 4 chat show The Last Leg may play some live dates later this year.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 24th February 2014
Adam Hills, Josh Widdecombe and Alex Brooker return for a new series of the enjoyable if slightly vague weekly round-up show. It all went a bit good-natured Top Gear when London 2012 finished. Finally, they have the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics to look forward to, giving proceedings a renewed sports focus. Hills and co should also include a weekly "gay propaganda" item to make up for the shortfall created by Russia's legislation. It's only fair. Elsewhere, Brooker continues on his quest to compete in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.