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Nick Clegg has accepted a challenge to appear on television show The Last Leg as part of a quest to convince one of its presenters to vote.

Written by Lizzie Dearden. The Independent, 17th 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.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 19th December 2014

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?"

Bim Adewunmi, The Guardian, 1st August 2014

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?"

We never thought The Last Leg would become a series. It just felt so intrinsically tied to the Paralympics that there's no way it would survive on its own. When Channel 4 said they wanted to keep it going, but for it to be a topical show, we were really hesitant. We just thought we'd give it a crack and see what happened. And now, I don't know how many series we've done, but we've got another one in August, and probably another couple next year. It's become a regular thing. And it's also broadcast in Australia, which is something I love."

Adam Hills, Channel 4, 22nd May 2014

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.

Julia Raeside, The Guardian, 31st January 2014

This is the show that started out as a late-night sidebar to the 2012 Paralympics and proved so popular it took on a life of its own.

This is also the show that says it's OK laugh at disability provided, that is, those jokes are made within the parameters of a fiendishly sensitive, unwritten set of rules with question one being: "Are you Frankie Boyle?" And question two being: "Is your name Jim Davidson?"

As a rule of thumb, if you can count up to 20 using your fingers and toes, don't even think about trying to join in yourself.

With regular panellist Alex Brooker out in Austria presenting The Jump, comedian Micky Flanagan joins host Adam Hills and Josh Widdicombe for the start of the new series.

Last year, Adam ­memorably remarked: "Getting angry at Jim Davidson because he doesn't know how to talk about disability is like getting angry at a dog for not knowing how to use the internet." There's a good chance the show might work up a nice head of steam about Davidson winning Celebrity Big Brother.

Jane Simon, The Mirror, 31st January 2014

Adam Hills talks 'taches, TV stars and why he's joining the hairy masses in the month of Movember.

Written by Adam Hills. The Big Issue, 19th November 2013

Alex Brooker, one of the three presenters of Channel 4's The Last Leg, speaks to Ouch.

BBC Ouch, 15th October 2013

British Paralympic gold medallist and double leg amputee, Richard Whitehead MBE played the first ever game of moving movie charades with The Last Leg presenters re-enacting famous film scenes.

Channel 4, 19th September 2013

The comedian co-presenters of The Last Leg chat to one another about shifting from Paralympics highlights show to primetime weekly news round-up.

Time Out, 3rd September 2013

'Save the Badger Badger Badger' has reached as high as number 39 at the time of writing (August 30).

Written by Tim Eames. Digital Spy, 30th August 2013

This news-comedy show was the unexpected star of the 2012 Paralympic Games: led by comedian Adam Hills, its irreverent round-up of the day's events won a following all of its own. So much so that it came back earlier this year, not to comment on sport but simply on the week's news. That's a crowded marketplace, in which The Last Leg has found a niche.

Along with the wry, sideways, irreverent looks at some of the quirkier stories you might have missed, there's a convivial and inclusive atmosphere that softens the sharpness of the gags - the first 2013 series was best known for a piece to camera in which Adam Hills eviscerated US comedian Joan Rivers, but he was doing it because Rivers had made fat gags about Adele. That's The Last Leg all over: right-on, usually spot-on and brightly funny.

Hills is flanked by co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker. Tonight's guest: Russell Brand.

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 31st July 2013

A new series of The Last Leg with genial hosts Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker. As per the show's remit, they will be discussing and trading witticisms over the past seven days' news. There will also be the usual studio challenges, along with the latest details of Brooker's quest to get himself into the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. This is followed by My Perfect Body, in which Brooker aims to lose 2st and gain a six-pack, while looking at the thorny issue of body image among men.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 31st July 2013

Enough of the try-hard 'casual' pictures - it's time we reclaimed our own image. Show us your real self: on the sofa, in your tracksuit.

Written by Adam Hills. The Guardian, 17th July 2013

One of those most surprised by The Last Leg's recent return and continued success of the series is Josh Widdicombe, the fast-rising comedian who has previously dabbled in sports writing for a broadsheet.

Written by David Owens. Wales Online, 5th April 2013

The comedian, 42, on sandals, politeness and being disabled.

Written by Tim Lewis. The Observer, 23rd February 2013

This news-comedy show was the unexpected star of the 2012 Paralympic Games: led by comedian Adam Hills, its irreverent round-up of the day's events won a following all of its own. So much so that it's now back, not to comment on sport but simply on the week's news. That's a crowded marketplace in which The Last Leg has found a niche: along with the wry, sideways look at some of the quirkier stories you might have missed, there' a convivial, inclusive atmosphere that softens the sharpness of the gags.

The Radio Times, 16th February 2013

Adam Hills is the comedian with one foot whom David Cameron and Samantha Cameron like to watch while in bed.

Written by Bryony Gordon. The Daily Telegraph, 13th February 2013

Another entertaining alternative review of the week with the team behind the popular Paralympics comedy round-up. Comedians Adam Hills and Josh Widdicombe are joined by guests who have been in the news this week, plus there are live studio challenges and sports reporter Alex Brooker gives us another update on his continuing quest to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

Gerard O'Donovan, The Daily Telegraph, 31st January 2013

Having become something of a success during the Paralympics last year, Channel 4 has brought back this live chat show looking at the week's events - and trying to ask questions no-one else would.

Hosted by Adam Hills (disabled - one foot), and featuring contributions from Josh Widdicombe (not disabled) and sports journalist Alex Brooker (disabled - one leg, hand deformities), The Last Leg features interviews with guests (this week it's actor Idris Elba - not disabled), as well as topical discussion.

However, the main feature is the contributions from online, especially under the Twitter hashtag #IsItOk, where people are encouraged to ask more uncomfortable and difficult questions, without fear of judgement. In this case I would like to ask my own question: #IsItOk that the mentally disabled get so much less TV coverage than the physically disabled?

I ask this because I'm disabled myself, but my disability is Asperger's syndrome. It's something I have written about before but I'm willing to bring it up again; the only disabled people you ever see on TV are those who look different, whether it's in terms of their appearance (e.g. missing limbs) or whether have to use some form of equipment (e.g. artificial feet). If you're disabled but look perfectly normal - because the part of you that's been affected is your brain, like mine is - then you might as well forget getting any coverage.

Over the next few days the Winter Special Olympics, which are the games for the mentally disabled, will be held in South Korea. The amount of coverage being given to it is minimal. The British have got seven alpine skiers going to the games, but will we see their efforts on national television? I somehow doubt we will. I fear that the names Wayne McCarthy, Jane Andrews, Mikael Undrom, Elizabeth Allen, Luke Purdie, Clare Lines and Robert Holden will not be remembered, or even acknowledged by most people.

However, for what it does, The Last Leg seems to cover most things rather well. My main problem, other than what I have already mentioned, is that half-an-hour seems too short. A live show like this needs more airtime to get comfortable.

Ian Wolf, Giggle Beats, 28th January 2013

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