Adam Hills at Birmingham Hippodrome

From The Last Leg on Channel 4, Adam Hills came to Birmingham Hippodrome on Sunday 28th February for his Clown Heart tour and guest blogger Ryan Parish was in the audience. Here’s what Ryan wrote:

By Ryan Parish

Adam Hills on Tour: Clown Heart

Adam Hills is no stranger to Birmingham. He opened the show by regaling us with tales of his early touring days. His first UK gig was at The Glee Club on open mic night, which means our city has a special place in his “clown” heart.

The first half of the show was a very free format experience with lots of audience participation, including a Kermit shirt, a bit about teens wearing band shirts, audience renditions of songs including “Halfway down the stairs” which you can find on below..

Via a few 70’s, 80’s and 90’s pop hits, the first half of the show ended with a story about reporting on the Paralympics in Beijing including a no armed swimmer and confusing the blind.

The second half of the show was a little more on material. At parts funny and poignant, Adam laid quite a bit of his life bare, with many references to his own personal life, including his father’s battle with leukaemia, explaining death to his daughter and using humour to ‘kick cancer in the d*ck’.

The view of the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome photo by Ryan Parish

A special guest (no spoilers) helped finish the show with a rousing F you to cancer.

The show is a great follow up to Happyism and showcases his trademark blunt Aussie humour, delivered with heart, over subjects you may not find traditionally humorous.

Rather than use the end of the show to sell merchandise, he used it to raise money for a local hospice, Compton Hospice, a Wolverhampton based charity that has been supporting patients facing a life-limiting illness and their families for over 30 years. It’s available free-of-charge to people in Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, South Staffordshire and East Shropshire.

If you’d like to donate to Compton Hospice, you can do so here