Adam Hills (4 stars)

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This article is from 2006.

‘This is fun’ the Aussie comic says towards the end of his set. ‘I really don’t want this show to end!’ It’s been an eventful hour; starting out with fairly pedestrian observations about English and Scottish stereotypes, but Adam Hills sharpens up considerably on the subject of George Bush, and before long is challenging Esther Rantzen’s crown as the boss of amusingly-shaped root vegetables.

His quick-witted interaction with the audience reveals a big-hearted side, inviting a 13-year-old audience member onstage to tell a joke, complete with the requisite dramatic introduction, then ringing Ross Noble and putting him on speakerphone to tell him his material’s being pilfered (‘you thieving bastard!’ is the response). Who else plugs several other shows and has a weekly show with a signer? ‘I want there to be more good stuff in the world,’ he says at the end, with convincing sincerity. (Emma Newlands)

Assembly Rooms, 226 2428, until 28 Aug, 9pm, £13-£14 (£12-£13).

This article is from 2006.

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