Adam Hills.

Adam Hills

  1. 15th April via Beyond The Joke: Adam Hills depicted on Australian stamps

Adam Hills is an Australian comedian and radio and TV presenter based in England, best known in the UK for hosting the comedy talk show The Last Leg (2012-) on Channel 4. He ha also appeared on British comedy shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week, QI, and Ask Rhod Gilbert.

Biography

Born in Sydney, Australia, Adam Hills' first taste of stand-up comedy came in 1989, at the age of 19, and since 1997 he has performed ten solo shows across the globe. In 2001, 2002 and 2003, he earned three consecutive Edinburgh Award nominations.

In 2002 he went viral in Australia with a hit musical single "Working Class Anthem". This saw him sing the words of the Australian National Anthem to the tune of "Working Class Man", a song by Scottish-born Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes.

Hills began hosting the music trivia show Spicks And Specks from 2005, and alongside several appearances on Australian comedy shows, he started to feature on the British staples Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI, and Mock The Week. He also presented his own weekly talk show, Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight, on the ABC from early 2001. It was renamed Adam Hills Tonight in 2012, but was brought to an end in 2013.

Hills became a household name in the UK with the triumphant success of The Last Leg, a Channel 4 show that began life as a daily comedy and late-night review of each day of the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Hills has an artificial right foot, a fact which initially made him a perfect fit to host, alongside regular co-presenters Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker, the latter of whom was also born with hand and arm deformities, and had his right leg amputated when he was a baby.

The show, known during its first series as The last Leg With Adam Hills, has morphed since then into a weekly comedy and news review show looking back on the last days in politics and current affairs, featuring guests (memorably former Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg, but often comedians, sportspeople, or other public figures).

Hills once described the show as 'Three guys with four legs talking about the week', and is broadcast live, encouraging interaction with viewers using several polls and the hashtag #isitok (a feature whereby the public asks awkward, funny questions that are later read out in real time during the show).

Moreover, the show coined the 'Bullshit Button', used by Alex Brooker[/] during his aforementioned interview with Nick Clegg, which is pressed whenever the interviewer thinks that the interviewee is telling lies. Since 2017, after an appearance on the show, Armando Iannucci now provides the voice of this button, and more buttons have since been added, including 'A shite in shining armour' and 'Thomas the Wank Engine'.

Following the news of MP Jo Cox' murder by a far-right terrorist on 16 June 2016, a two-hour special was broadcast one year later, on 16 June 2017, entitled 'Re-United Kingdom'. Dozens of comedians and politicians took part, aiming to heal a divided nation and find common ground, even with people you dislike or even loathe with a passion. Politicians appeared together in pre-recorded skits with another MP with views often entirely opposite to their own; however, some harmony and 'agreeing to disagree' was possible.

Known for his energetic and politically committed style, it is often said that Hills is the nicest man in comedy.

Awards

  • BAFTA Television Awards 2018 - Best Entertainment Performance: Nominee
  • BAFTA Television Awards 2017 - Best Entertainment Performance: Nominee
  • Chortle Awards 2005 - Best Compere: Nominee
  • Chortle Awards 2004 - Best Compere: Winner
  • Chortle Awards 2004 - Best Headliner: Nominee
  • Chortle Awards 2003 - Best Compere: Nominee
Gender
Male
Nationality
Australia
Born
Friday 10th July 1970 (49 years-old)

Key Life Dates

Married
Tuesday 29th December 2009 to Ali McGregor

Contact

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Credits

 
Year Production Role
2020 The Last Leg - Series 21 Announced Host / Presenter
2020 The Last Leg - Series 20 - The Last Leg: Locked Down Under Host / Presenter
2020 The Last Leg - Series 19 Host / Presenter
2019 Harry Hill's ClubNite
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Self
2019 The Last Leg - Series 18 Host / Presenter
2019 The Last Leg - Series 17 Host / Presenter
2019 The Last Leg - Series 16 Host / Presenter
2018 12 Days Of Jessmas
  1. E6 - Little Donkey as Britney Spears
Self
2018 The Last Leg - Series 15 Host / Presenter
2018 The Last Leg - Series 14 Host / Presenter
2018 The Last Leg - Series 13 Host / Presenter
2017 The Last Leg - Series 12 Host / Presenter
2017 The Last Leg: Correspondents Announcer
2017 The Last Leg - Series 11 Host / Presenter
2017 Billy & Me Self
2017 The Last Leg - Series 10 Host / Presenter
2016 Live At The Apollo - Series 12
  1. E4 - Adam Hills, Jamali Maddox, Michelle Wolf
Host / Presenter
2016 The Last Leg - Series 9 Host / Presenter
2016 Adam Hills: Clown Heart Self
2016 The Last Leg - The Last Leg: Live From Rio Host / Presenter
2016 The Last Leg - Series 8 Host / Presenter
2016 Channel 4's Comedy Gala
  1. Channel 4's Comedy Gala 2016
Self
2016 The Last Leg - Series 7 Host / Presenter
2016 The Jonathan Ross Show - Series 10
  1. E5 - Jo Brand, Freddie Flintoff, Adam Hills, Alex Brooker, Josh Widdicombe, Jason Derulo
Guest
2015 Sue Perkins' Big Night Out Guest
2015 Gilded Balloon 30th Anniversary Gala Self
2015 Comedy Gala 2015: In Aid of Waverley Care Self
2015 Adam Hills: Clown Heart Self
2015 The Last Leg - Series 6 Host / Presenter
2015 Channel 4's Comedy Gala
  1. Channel 4's Comedy Gala 2015
Self
2015 Alan Carr: Chatty Man - Series 14
  1. E7 - Noel Gallagher, Last Leg hosts, No Offence cast
Guest
2015 The Last Leg - General Election Specials Host / Presenter
2015 Adam Hills: Happyism Live Host / Presenter
2015 Adam Hills: Happyism Live Writer
2015 The Last Leg - Series 5 Host / Presenter
2015 The Last Leg - Last Leg Of The Year 2015 Host / Presenter
2014 The British Comedy Awards
  1. E3 - British Comedy Awards: Even More Awards
  2. E2 - British Comedy Awards 2014
Self
2014 QI - Series L
  1. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 12
  2. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 11
  3. E10 - Lying
Guest
2014 Celebrity Squares - Series 1
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2014 The Last Leg - Series 4 Host / Presenter
2014 Channel 4's Comedy Gala
  1. Channel 4's Comedy Gala 2014
Guest
2014 Alan Carr: Chatty Man - Series 12
  1. E10 - Amanda Seyfried, Adam Hills, Orange Is The New Black cast, Keith Lemon
Guest
2014 Room 101 - Series 3
  1. E6 - Gyles Brandreth, Melanie Chisholm, Adam Hills
Guest
2014 The Last Leg - Series 3 Host / Presenter
2013 Adam Hills Mess Around Host / Presenter
2013 Adam Hills Mess Around Writer
2013 Live At The Apollo - Series 9
  1. E4 - Adam Hills, Andi Osho, Terry Alderton
Host / Presenter
2013 The British Comedy Awards
  1. E1 - British Comedy Awards Nomination Show 2013
Self
2013 Fighting Talk - Series 11 Guest
2013 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 1
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2013 Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live - 2013 Host / Presenter
2013 The Last Leg - Series 2 Host / Presenter
2013 Comedy Gala 2013: In Aid Of Waverley Care Self
2013 Adam Hills: Happyism Self
2013 Channel 4's Comedy Gala
  1. Channel 4's Comedy Gala 2013
Guest
2013 Mock The Week Looks Back At...
  1. E9 - Royals
  2. E8 - Britain
  3. E7 - Travel
  4. E3 - Education
  5. E2 - Animals
  6. E1 - Health
Self (Archive Material)
2013 The Jonathan Ross Show - Series 4
  1. E4 - Jools Holland, Rose Byrne, Adam Hills, Alicia Keys
Guest
2013 The Last Leg - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2012 The Last Leg - Last Leg Of The Year 2012 Host / Presenter
2012 Adam Hills Stands Up Live Host / Presenter
2012 Adam Hills Stands Up Live Writer
2012 Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live - 2012
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2012 Adam Hills: Mess Around Self
2012 Mock The Week - Series 11
  1. Special - Christmas Special
  2. E4 - 100th Episode
Guest
2012 Late 'N' Live Guide To Comedy Self
2011 What's So Funny? - Series 2
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2011 Ask Rhod Gilbert - Series 2
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2011 Mock The Week - Series 10
  1. Special - Christmas Special
  2. E10 - Episode Ten
Guest
2011 It's Your Round - Series 1
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2010 Ask Rhod Gilbert - Series 1
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2010 Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live - 2010
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2010 Stand Up For Freedom Self
2010 Comedy Gala 2010: In Aid of Waverley Care Self
2010 Adam Hills Mess Around Self
2009 Live At The Apollo - Series 5
  1. E5 - Ed Byrne, Adam Hills and Gina Yashere
Guest
2009 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 4
  1. E4 - Episode Four
  2. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2009 Jason Manford And Friends
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2009 MacAulay And Co - Edinburgh 2009
  1. E8 - Wednesday 19th
Guest
2009 Mock The Week - Series 7
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2009 4 In A Field - Series 3 Host / Presenter
2008 Sean Lock And Friends At The Fringe
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2008 Mock The Week - Series 6
  1. Special - Christmas Special
  2. Special - Highlights Special
  3. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2007 4 At The Fringe - Series 2
  1. Episode One
Guest
2007 Mock The Week - Series 5
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2006 Mock The Week - Series 3
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2003 4 At The Fringe - Series 1 Host / Presenter

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Adam Hills on IMDb

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