Adam Hills is an Australian comedian, radio and TV presenter. Best known in Australia as the host to the music trivia show, Spicks and Specks, he is also known as the host to Adam Hills Tonight and is known in Britain for his work on the hugely succesful TV show, The Last Leg. Hills has been nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award and Gold Logie Award.
Adam has performed at some of the most prestigious events and venues in the UK, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (with nominations in 2001, 2002 and 2003), the Melbourne International Comedy Festival as well as the Montreal "Just For Laughs" festival. Performing at these events has earned Hills three consecutive Award
Adam’s first appearance in comedy was in 1989 at the Sydney Comedy Store. He did breakfast radio on SAFM in Adelaide alongside stand-up gigs, and by the mid-90s 90s, he had decided to focus on live comedy. In 1997, Hills premiered Stand Up and Deliver, the first of 10 solo shows, all of which have toured internationally.
The title of Hills’ 2001 show, Go You Big Red Fire Engine, was coined during a 1999 performance in Melbourne. Hills asked an audience member to yell his name to the audience and for the audience to yell it back, but instead, the audience member yelled Go You Big Red Fire Engine! The phrase quickly became an audience chant, and Hills promised that he would make it the name of his next show.
Hills’ artificial right foot is commonly used as a source of humour in his shows and the comedian has been known to remove it and pass it around. However, Hills had been performing live comedy for over a decade before he made reference to his prosthesis on stage and it was only after Go You Big Red Fire Engine was nominated for a Perrier Award, that he began incorporating it into his act. Hills said that he felt he could too easily have become a novelty act and that he ‘didn’t want to be known as the one-legged comedian – he wanted to prove himself as a comic before talking about this’.
“Hills delivers stand up so effortlessly brilliant you wonder why some comedians even get out of bed.” THE GUARDIAN
“Comedy so brilliant it could come with a money back guarantee. If you cannot enjoy Adam Hills you cannot have a pulse.” THE SCOTSMAN