Adam Hills


Comedy, Media, Hosts/MC's, Creative Entertainment

Adam is best known to most Australians as the three time Gold Logie nominated host of ABC TV's Spicks and Specks. Since it's premiere in 2005 "Spicks" has defined Wednesday nights for more than 1.2million Australians, taking a humble music quiz show to the top of the ABC's ratings. In 2008 Adam, Alan and Myf toured Australia with the Spicks and Spek-tacular, selling more than 150,000 seats over three months.

But when he is not sitting between Alan and Myf on a Wednesday night it is a fair guess that Adam is somewhere in the world with a mic in hand, doing his day job - globe trotting stand up comedian.

Having been nominated for its top gong three times, Adam is a favourite at the Edinburgh Festival - the biggest comedy festival in the world, often topping sales and always bagging rave reviews. Generally based in London for the second half of the year Adam tours the UK, Ireland and Europe as well as taking out time to perform at the world class Montreal Just For Laughs comedy festival where he has performed more times than any other Australian.

In amongst this he's won a Helpmann Award, released two best selling stand up DVD's and had his own one hour stand up special on ABC TV. He has performed to the Queen, alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Lady GaGa and Bette Midler and hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Paralympics for ABC TV.

Adam did his first ever stand up gig on his 19th Birthday and in July 2010 Adam spent his 40th Birthday and 21st anniversary of stand up comedy on stage at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne doing what he loves - bringing his unique, uplifting brand of comedy to another 900 people reprising his hit show Inflatable and marking the occasion by recording another DVD.

TELEVISION

2005 - NOW: ABC TV: Spicks and Specks (Host and Writer)
2010: Network TEN: The Melbourne International Comedy, Festival All Stars Gala
(Stand Up Appearance)
2010: Nine Network: 2010 Logies (Presenter)
2010: MTV: MTV Classic Launch (Live Show Host)
2009: Comedy Channel: Adam Hills LIVE special
2009: ABC-TV: Guest host on RAGE
2009: Channel 7: Thank God You’re Here (Contestant)
2009: Network TEN: Good News Week (Contestant)
2009: Movie Extra: Tropfest Live Coverage (Host)
2009: Network TEN: The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
2009: ABC-TV: Beijing Paralympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Co-Host)
2008: Nine Network: AFI Awards (Presenter)
2008: ABC-TV: Raw Comedy Final (Host)
2007: Nine Network: 49th Annual TV Week Logie Awards(Host)
2006: Seven Network: Comic Relief (intl interviewer)
2006: Nine Network: The Logies (Backstage Interviewer and writer)
2006: Network Ten: Comedy Festival Gala (Host)
2006: Network Ten: Rove Live (Desk Spot)
2006: Nine Network: Comedy Temptation (Contestant)
2005: Nine Network: The Logies (Backstage Interviewer)
2005: Network TEN: The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
2004: Granada: World Comedy Tour (Host) Nine Network (Australia), Comedy Central (USA), thecomedychannel (Australia), The Paramount Comedy Channel (UK), TVNZ (New Zealand)
2004: Granada: World Comedy Tour (Stand Up Appearance), Nine Network (Australia), Comedy Central (USA), thecomedychannel (Australia), The Paramount Comedy Channel (UK), TVNZ (New Zealand)
2004: Network TEN: The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
2004: ABC-TV: Stand Up! (Stand Up Appearance)
2003: Network TEN: Just For Laughs Comedy Festival (Host)2 x 1 Hour Specials
2003: BBC 2 (UK): Never Mind The Buzzcocks (Panelist)
2003: BBC 2 (UK): Live Floor Show (Stand Up Appearance)
2002: ABC-TV: The Fat (Regular Panelist)
2002: thecomedy-channel: Campaign (Team Captain)
2001-04: ABC-TV: The Glass House (Panelist x 5)
2002: Network TEN: Good Morning Australia (Interview)
2002: BBC Scotland: Live Floor Show (Stand Up Appearance)
2001-04: Network TEN: Rove Live (4 x Interviews, Stand Up Appearance & Live Cross from London)
2001: Granada: World Comedy Tour (Stand Up Appearance), Comedy Central (USA), Comedy Network (Canada), Paramount (UK), thecomedychannel (Ausralia)
2001: Network TEN: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
2000-01: BBC 1 (UK): The Stand Up Show (Stand Up Appearance)
2000-01: BBC 2 (UK): Live At Jongleur's (Stand Up Appearance)
2000-01: Network TEN: GNW Debate (Debater)
2000: RTE (Ireland): The Lounge (Stand Up Appearance)
1999-00: ABC TV/Network TEN: Good News Week (Regular Panelist)
1997-98: Nine Network: IMT (Writer & Stand Up Appearances)

RADIO

2006: BBC Radio Scotland: Fred MacAulay Show (Guest during Commonwealth Games OB)
2004: Triple J: Triple J Breakfast (Co-host x 1 Week)
2004: SA-FM: Drive (Co-host x 3 Weeks)
2003: BBC Radio 2 (UK): Broadcasting House (Stand Up Appearance)
2002: BBC Radio 2 (UK): We Say Tomay-to (Writer & Performer)
2000-03: Radio Scotland: The Fred MacCaulay Show (Regular Guest)
2000: BBC Radio 4 (UK): Loose Ends (Regular Guest)
1999-00: BBC Radio 4 (UK): Fringe Cuts (Interview x 2)
1996-97: Austereo Network: Gotcha Calls (Writer & Performer)
1996: SA-FM: The Adam Hills Morning Show (Host)
1993-96: SA-FM: The Morning Crew (Co-host)
1992: 2Day FM: The Morning Crew (Writer)
1991: Triple M Sydney: The Doug Mulray Breakfast Show (Writer)

** Adam has also made various publicity appearances on a variety of radio networks.

LIVE SHOWS

2010: Mess Around – Solo show: Sydney Comedy Store, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2009: Inflatable – Solo Show: Brisbane Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy festival, ACT, Sydney Comedy Festival, Hobart, Perth, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2009
2008: Characterful & Joymonger: Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne
2007 - 08: Spicks and Speck-tacular: The Comedy Theatre - Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Thebarton Theatre – Adelaide, The Lyric Theatre – Brisbane, The Civic Theatre – Newcastle, Enmore Theatre – Sydney, Perth Convention Exhibition Centre – Perth, Civic Square – Canberra, WIN Entertainment Centre – Wollongong, Empire Theatre – Toowoomba, Lismore City Hall – Lismore, Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts – Tweed Heads
2007: Joymonger - Solo Show: Thebarton Theatre - Adelaide, Melbourne International
Comedy Festival, Enmore Theatre - Sydney, The Tivoli - Brisbane, Octagon Theatre - Perth, Edinburgh Fringe
2006: Characterful - Solo Show: Hobart Comedy Festival, Garden's Theatre Brisbane, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Cracker Comedy Festival Sydney, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Cardinia Cultural Centre, Kyneton Town Hall Octagon Theatre Perth, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Assembly), UK & Ireland Tours, Campbelltown Arts Centre.
2005: Die On Your Feet: Written & Directed by Greg Fleet - Cast Member, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2004: Go You Big Red Fire Engine 2 - Solo Show, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (The Pleasance)
2003: Cut Loose - Solo Show: Melbourne International Comedy Festival,
Edinburgh Festival Fringe (The Pleasance), Adelaide Fringe 2004
2002: Happy Feet - Solo Show: Adelaide Festival Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Irish Tour, Her Majesty's Theatre London, UK Tour 2003
2001: Go You Big Red Fire Engine - Solo Show: Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Her Majesty's Theatre London, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2002
2000: Goody Two Shoes - Solo Show: Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Hong Kong City Festival 2001
1999: My Own Little World - Solo Show: Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Adelaide Fringe 2000, Hong Kong City Festival 2001
1998: Life Is Good - Solo Show: Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
1997: Stand Up And Deliver - Solo Show: Edinburgh Festival Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe 1998

OTHER FESTIVALS

Royal Variety Performance (London) 2009
Just For Laughs Comedy Festival (Montreal)_ 2003-2009 inclusive Amsterdam Comedy Festival 2008, 2009
Aspen Comedy Festival 2005
Leicester Comedy Festival 2003
Glasgow Comedy Festival 2003
Manchester Comedy Festival 2002
Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival 2001,2002, 2006-2009
Offshore 2000
Newcastle Comedy Festival (UK) 2000
Smirnoff Comedy Festival – Cape Town, South Africa 2000
Murphy’s Ungagged Comedy Festivals – Galway & Dublin 1998, Kinsale 1999

AWARDS

2010: 2010 TV Week Logie Awards: Nominated for Gold Logie, Most Popular Presenter, Most Popular Light Entertainment
2009: Winner AFI Award for Best Light Entertainment Series (Spicks & Specks)
2009: Nominated for 2009 Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer – Inflatable.
2009: 2009 TV Week Logie Awards
Nominated for Gold Logie and Most Popular Presenter
2008: 2008 TV Week Logie Awards: Nominated for Gold Logie and Most Popular Presenter
2007: GQ Awards: Winner of TV Personality of the Year award
2006: Nominated for Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent, Most Popular New Male Talent, Most Popular Light Entertainment / Comedy Program (Spicks & Specks) & Most Outstanding Comedy Program (Spicks & Specks)
2004: Winner Chortle Best Live Comedy Wards Best Compere
2003: Winner Radio Forth Award
2003: Nominated for the Perrier Award for Best Show in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for Cut Loose
2003: Nominated for the Chortle Live Comedy Awards Best Compere (UK)
2002: Winner of the People's Choice Award in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for Happy Feet
2002: Nominated for the Perrier Award for Best Show in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for Happy Feet
2001: Nominated for the Perrier Award for Best Show in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for Go You Big Red Fire Engine

RECORDINGS

2008: Release of characterful and joymonger DVD thought ABC Enterprises, distributed through Roadshow
2006: Release of Adam Hills Live In The Suburbs DVD through ABC Enterprises, distributed through Roadshow (recorded live at Kyneton Town Hall)
2002: Release of Go You Big Red Fire Engine through Chart Records, distributed by Warner Music
2002: Release of Working Class Anthem CD single through Chart Records, distributed by Warner Music
2001: Release of the Melbourne Comedy Festival CD compilation through Rubber Music, distributed by BMG Australia

CORPORATE

Various clients including Colgate-Palmolive, KPMG, Collingwood Football Club, Cream Advertising Awards, the Financial Planning Association, the National Associated Retail Traders of Australia and Targa Tasmania, BMW, Honda, KPMG, STA Travel, Adelaide Zoo, Collingwood Football Club.

TESTIMONIALS

"Hills delivers stand up so effortlessly brilliant you wonder why some comedians even get out of bed"
The Guardian, London

“If you cannot enjoy Adam Hills you cannot have a pulse. Four Stars”
The Scotsman

“Hills’s wit is incisively dry and sharp and his observations are bitingly precise”
Sunday Herald Sun

“[his] interaction with the audience proved so fruitful that they were reluctant to release him back on to the stage”
The Scotsman

“An Adam Hills show is always a festival highlight…with real weight, wit and purpose behind his contagious positivity”
Chortle (UK)