Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Adam Hills: Clown Heart, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith.
It’s a touched by tv, slimmer, shinier Adam Hills who bounds on to the stage for the opening night of his Fringe run. But he couldn’t be happier to be here. Hills loves Edinburgh, loves the Fringe, loves live performance. He has used Twitter to find out about some of his audience before the gig and he gets caught up in some friendly chat.
A German fan ends up taking selfies with him on stage, a deep-voiced Scottish man in the audience becomes his announcer and a guy he used to play netball with in Australia has an unexpectedly public reunion.
Hills is having so much fun he has to keep reminding himself to start the show.
Because there is a show. And it is a lovely thing – which talks about love, life, death and the meaning of laughter.
Hills has written a routine that makes his dad’s dying words into a punchline. He shares his fears and happiness about marriage and fatherhood. He’s developed a double act with Craig Coombes, an Australian man who is dying of cancer.
There are moments that will make you cry a little bit. But the sadness and messiness of life is all wrapped up in so much joy you will find yourself laughing even when you are sitting with tears pricking in your eyes.
The finale, for which he shares credit with Coombes, is brave, beautiful and brilliant. It lifts the whole show onto a whole new level and leads to a well-deserved standing ovation.
Assembly Hall (Venue 35) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 26 August 2015
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