Comedian Adam Hills’ TV choices

Posted Filed under

Out now to buy on DVD exclusively from HMV, Inflatable sees Australian stand-up king Adam Hills celebrate his 21st year in comedy and his 40th birthday live on stage at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre, with a special performance of his critically acclaimed show.

Inflatable is a raucous, poignant and ultimately uplifting show that received five star reviews from Melbourne to Edinburgh, and played to sold out audiences across the UK. Adam discusses the intricacies of sign language, the politeness of the Dutch, prostate awareness, what it feels like to have an “old man rant” and the joy of seeing the Paralympics live.

> Check out our Christmas gift guide for the Top 20 new stand-up comedy DVDs.

We caught up with Adam to find out what he likes to watch to relax between shows…

Favourite TV show to cheer you up:

The West Wing. It makes me believe, if only for a moment, that the world is being run by intelligent, charismatic and competent people. Then the show ends and it’s back to reality.”

TV show that reminds you of your childhood:

The Benny Hill Show. We used to watch it as a family, then repeat the lines to each other for weeks afterwards. One of my favourite memories is my grandfather clapping his hands together saying ‘Everybody crapping’.”

TV show that reminds you of being a teenager:

“There was a short-lived British show called Me and My Girl. I had a massive crush on the leading lady, Joanne Ridley, and even wrote her a letter. I can’t believe she never wrote back. I thought nerdy desperate Aussies that write letters to TV stars are exactly what women want.”

TV show that you find most addictive:

“The Australian version of Masterchef is ridiculously addictive. I tell myself I’m not gonna get caught up in it, then three weeks in I’m visibly shaken when Murray’s Bombe Alaska doesn’t make the grade.”

Favourite TV show to watch hungover:

“I have a baby daughter now, so if I am hungover, I’m gonna be watching something that keeps her happy for a while. Ergo, Charlie and Lola is my go-to hangover viewing. And if it’s an all-day hangover, In The Night Garden. Man that Pinky Ponk messes with your head when your hungover.”