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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Presenter Alex Brooker, 28, helped make history with Paralympics comedy show The Last Leg. A new series starts tonight.
Written by Andrew Williams. Metro, 25th January 2013
Digital Spy caught up with Adam Hills ahead of The Last Leg's return to talk about whether the Paralympics really had a lasting legacy, his worst ever heckles, and if he finds Frankie Boyle offensive.
Written by Alex Fletcher. Digital Spy, 25th January 2013
Adam Hills was one of the Paralympics' more unlikely stars, widely praised for his comic yet pointed take on the Games. So much so that this new series sees him being offered the chance to widen his brief: tonight, he'll return alongside regular sidekicks Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker to cast his eye over the last seven days of news. Expect regular updates, too, on Brooker's quest to participate in the Rio Paralympics. Well, as Games aftermaths go, it'll surely have more to recommend it than Tom Daley's Splash - Idris Elba, for one, who is the guest for tonight's opening edition.
Phil Harrison, Time Out, 25th January 2013
There were many triumphs of the sporting summer but one of the less trumpeted was Channel 4's late-night Paralympic chat show. Free-wheeling and sparky, it felt like a new, relaxed angle on the comedy "gang show", with Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker backing up suave Australian host Adam Hills. Their reward is a series of non-Paralympic, Friday-night slots in which to "celebrate all that is best about Britain". And of course they'll still be asking their fateful, PC-skirting question, "Is it OK..?"
David Butcher, Radio Times, 25th January 2013