Play: ‘Breaker Morant’: E4 Udderbelly, Bristo Square, Edinburgh, 2007
BBC Stand Up Show Live: Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh, 2007
Nicholas Parson’s Happy Hour: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2009
Adam Hills: Mess Around: Assembly @ Assembly Hall, Edinburgh, 2010
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2017
I first watched Australian comedian Adam Hills in 2007 as part of the Comedians Theatre Company cast of the play Breaker Morant. Hills played Harry ‘Breaker’ Morant, a poet and soldier whose no-nonsense approach during the Boer War at the order of his superiors put him in court on murder charges. The play was a big success at the festival that year.
Three years later, I saw one of the Fringe regular’s solo shows Mess Around at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010 which was an interesting concept. On stage, he straight away announced to the audience that there was to be no show. Instead everything was based entirely on the initial banter he had with the audience before starting his set. So, for the whole show he messed around with the crowd and it worked brilliantly. Hills was a master at teasing amusement out of people, he was armed with loads of stories and material from a wealth of experience as a comedian and he was clever enough to make connections in lightning quick time and pull jokes out of each encounter. In return, he received some of the biggest laughs from the festival.
I didn’t see Hills live again until 2017 (when he was riding off the success of his TV show The Last Leg with Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker) when he did a work-in-progress show at Always Be Comedy in London. He bounded onto to the stage with an enormous grin on his face and delivered an hour of stand-up comedy based on love, life, death and the meaning of laughter. Hills is a very amusing, likeable and reliable comedian who is a pleasure to watch.