Andover and out.

Andover and out.


It’s kinda hard to write the blog for tonight’s show because it will sound quite tame, and yet it went a bit mad.

Basically here goes: I arrived in Andover but didn’t get a chance to eat before the show. The theatre cafe was closed, and I couldn’t find a takeaway that delivered. So I went on stage, met a guy in the crowd whose wife was pregnant, then ordered pizzas for me and the audience.

That’s basically it.

Thirty minutes later the pizzas arrived, delivered by a man called Bob, who seemed to have his own comedy routine worked out, and we had a photo taken together:


I had to call an interval early so we could eat while the pizzas were hot, then I came back and did the rest of the show.

I know it doesn’t sound like much, so I have asked the audience to leave their endorsements of the show as comments on this blog. If we don’t get any, then I’ll know I was the only one having fun.

I genuinely had one of the most enjoyable shows of my life though, mainly thanks to the crowd who were truly amazing and made me feel so welcome. I was also more than a little chuffed that a man by the name of Reg Presley came to the show. Reg is the lead singer of a band called The Troggs, who sang such hits as “With A Girl Like You”, “Wild Thing” and the original version of “Love Is All Around”. I met him a few weeks ago during a filming, and organised tickets for him and his lovely wife Brenda.

Not only did Reg come backstage to tell me how much he enjoyed the show, he and Brenda gave me a lift home. At one point we couldn’t get out of the carpark, and all I could think was “I’m stuck in a carpark with the guy that sang Wild Thing”. Brilliant.

That’s all for tonight. I’ll leave you in the hands of whoever chooses to leave a comment.

Yesterday it was Gail Porter in Edinburgh, tonight it was Reg Presley in Andover. Tomorrow night is Barton-Upon-Humber, where I’m half expecting another celeb to turn up. Adam Ant perhaps?

See ya soon



  • John Wellock

    20.11.2009 at 10:35 Reply

    I was in the audience in Andover tonight and this was one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen. Adam was so fantastic and we (the audience) loved him. Hopefully he will come back again soon and get us more pizza!

  • Phamie

    20.11.2009 at 10:40 Reply

    I was there and can confirm that the man is a comedy genius and bought us all pizza (the two are in no way connected and I did not laugh harder after the interval just because he fed us).

    He was like Jesus, turning 4 pizzas (no anchovies) and some garlic bread into a feast for the whole audience.

    Adam – thank you so much for the pizza, (I hadn’t had any dinner either) it was so lovely to meet you afterwards with Reg and thank you for making me laugh so much my tummy ached and a little bit of wee come out.


  • Daniel McAuley

    20.11.2009 at 10:43 Reply

    Pizzas were still hot when we ate them =)

    Show was amazing, I laughed pretty much the whole way through, and even found myself singing along to Bon Jovi, Aha, New World and several others!

    Well worth the time, this was the first live comedy act I’ve been to, but such a cracker!

  • Kirsty

    20.11.2009 at 10:46 Reply

    My endorsement:

    It WAS an amazing gig. Yup.

  • Hugh J

    20.11.2009 at 11:09 Reply

    Prosthetics, pregnancy, prostates and yes, Pizza.
    A truly great & unique evening.

    Ps. Good luck with fatherhood & the Ashes.
    I’m just searching YouTube for the Chinese swimmer before going to bed – too much Pizza always keeps me up….


  • Peter and Elcim

    20.11.2009 at 11:48 Reply

    Many thanks for a great night.We also had gone without tea, so very much appreciated the pizza.

    Peter and Elcim

  • Hywel

    20.11.2009 at 18:52 Reply

    Yep, a great way to spend a Thursday evening – Pizza and live comedy, it doesn’t get any better than that.

    Thanks for making it a truly memorable one of a kind gig – I felt properly inflated when I left.

  • Lindsey

    20.11.2009 at 19:05 Reply

    A MASSIVE thank you for a HILARIOUS evening! It was definitely one of the best comedy nights I’ve ever been to. We hope to see you again soon.


    P.S. Hope you liked the chocolate bar!

  • Mark Caithness

    20.11.2009 at 19:10 Reply

    One of the best, if not the best stand-up gig, I’ve been to. I feel positively inflated.

  • Rob

    20.11.2009 at 19:11 Reply

    Adam’s show was not only brilliantly funny, but heart-warming and poignant too. Yep, that’s another posh word that the Andover audience know!

    Through some kind of comedy magic, Adam created an unusual bond in the room, and not just because of him buying us all pizza! His philosophy of life is simple yet really appealing and I’m sure it’ll stick in the minds of the people who hear it, myself included.

    This was definitely one of the best comedy nights I’ve ever been to. I felt “inflated” and I’m looking forward to “inflating” other too by telling them about the show.

  • Rob

    20.11.2009 at 19:13 Reply

    Oh and my wife Lindsey and I hope you enoyed the chocolate bar pudding!

  • Olivia

    20.11.2009 at 19:16 Reply

    I was there last night with my family and it was awesome! Thanks for the pizza Adam! You were definitely not the only person having a ball!

    I swear it was Paul Mccartney not Bob Dylan who released that Starbucks only album thought…? Ahh well

    Cheers! Amazing gig!

  • Ian & Helen

    20.11.2009 at 19:28 Reply

    He’s just being modest; it was mayhem and it was hilarious! We came along not knowing what to expect but can honestly say we haven’t laughed so much in years. Thanks for a great night Adam and thanks for the pizza… and don’t forget the garlic bread.

  • Ian

    20.11.2009 at 19:32 Reply

    He’s just being modest, it was mayhem and it was hilarious! We came along not knowing what to expect but can honestly say we haven’t laughed so much in years. Thanks for a great night Adam and thanks for the pizza… and don’t forget the garlic bread.

    Ian & Helen

  • Pete and Val

    20.11.2009 at 19:46 Reply

    One of the funniest and most enjoyable evenings that Andover has ever seen! We often go to the comedy events at The Lights, and this was the best ever. Laugh out loud funny and all in such a easy style. More like a party than a show. If you are thinking of seeing Adam “in the flesh”, stop thinking and just go, you will not regret it.

    By the way, the pizza looked and smelt lovely. Shame the students got there first! Think we should introduce pizza passes for those of senior years with prostate problems!!

    Thanks for a great night Adam. Come back soon and have a beer mate.

  • Clare

    20.11.2009 at 19:55 Reply

    A brilliant night, great comedy, aided by a slice of pizza at the interval – fab!

  • Ashley

    20.11.2009 at 20:07 Reply

    Funniest live show i have ever seen u were a great performer and had the audience laughing all night. Will definetley be looking out for your next tour!

  • Steve and Jackie

    20.11.2009 at 20:22 Reply

    Really great night out and worth the 120 mile round trip to see Adam. I was the one that requested ‘no anchovies’ and not only didn’t I get the anchovies I missed out on the pizza as well – I was queing to buy Adam a drink !!
    Really great to a see a performer who is willing to abandon his act to go with the flow of the night.
    Adam – one tip ! Bring more money next time, I think 4 pizzas was pushing it a bit to spread around Andover.
    Best of luck for the rest of the tour from me, the wife and the prostate.

  • Mandy

    20.11.2009 at 20:27 Reply

    Previously on Adam Hills ….. (sorry but I’m hearing Jack do the voice over !)

    An introduction to your own introduction!!
    Sending someone out so you can ask questions about their sister!
    Playing what decade did you grow up in!

    …. And YES I can confirm due to randomness & you not having food you asked an audience member to order pizza & Bob the delivery guy had his ‘5 minutes’ on stage ….. but yet all I could concentrate on was the steam rising off the pizza boxes !!!

    Unfortunately I didn’t have any pizza as sometimes being a veggie who’s allergic to mushrooms isn’t that easy !!

    I would totally come to see another show, even if you did make sure you ate first.

    I laughed so much my face hurt.

    This may be one of those times when the phrase ‘you had to be there’ really applies and Mr Hills I truly am glad I was there ……. Oh hope you enjoyed your ‘pudding’

    Mandy & Hywel

  • H

    20.11.2009 at 20:28 Reply

    Funny from the start (and before the start!) to finish. One of the best comedians I have ever seen, naturally funny and brilliant off the cuff. The best gig ever!

  • Ben

    20.11.2009 at 20:29 Reply

    I was there too, and it was an absolutely fantastic show! Adam, you are a genius! Hope to see you back in Andover again soon, I’ll keep an eye out for you pulling teenager’s jeans up and proclaiming how good your poo was! Thank you again Adam, it was epic!

  • Peter Webster

    20.11.2009 at 21:09 Reply


    Thank you . I am still smiling.

    Glad you got out of the car-park… obviously a case of


  • John

    20.11.2009 at 21:12 Reply

    As Hugh says ‘a truly unique evening’ and one that will live long in the memory.

    It felt like I’d gone out with a really funny, yet very so slightly disturbed mate (I mean, clown and his dad as a metaphor for the global credit crunch) and didn’t go to a show at all.

    I could not tell you a joke he told, yet could not stop laughing.

    Belting night

  • Steve R

    20.11.2009 at 21:20 Reply

    Great show, come back soon! comedy genius

  • James and Claire

    20.11.2009 at 21:31 Reply

    We had a great time … great comedy, Reg Presley and free pizza … who could ask for more! Come back to Andove soon and bring pizza again :o)

    Great show Adam

  • John Blair

    20.11.2009 at 22:04 Reply

    I didn’t ever think I would go to Andover for what was honestly nothing less than a face achingly funny, touching, friendly and genuine performance. I really did want to go down the pub for a few jars afterwards and carry on the conversation, who ever suggested the Mills needs shooting how could anyone take a star in there! It will be remembered and talked about for a long time, see you again shame it had to finish.!!!!!!!

  • Beth

    20.11.2009 at 22:29 Reply

    I’m incredibly jealous – this sounds like it was one helluva show!

    Next time you’re in Colchester or Norwich, I shall be there expecting pizza, Mr Hills.

  • Alison Holden

    20.11.2009 at 23:39 Reply

    Previously in Andover…

    The precedent was set… our appetite for comedy was sated, luckily without anchovies but with garlic bread on the side. 🙂

    Thanks for a great night…

    If needing a washing machine in Gent, email, if not back there myself, my flatmate knows how it works. 🙂

    Have a great rest of your travels and safe home to your girl and plus one in the making 🙂

    Ali 🙂

  • Dan

    21.11.2009 at 00:02 Reply

    Me and 3 mates thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and felt so inflated that we had to have a few pints in town afterwards!

    Truly an excellent night and definately the most memorable I have ever had at the lights. Please come back soon.

  • Nev

    21.11.2009 at 01:31 Reply

    Superb comedy – i did not have any pizza or garlic bread – which in no way stopped the show being very funny indeed. I really liked the spread of topics too – keep up the good work!!

    Nev and Jacq

  • Ian & Carrie

    21.11.2009 at 01:34 Reply

    We were also privaliged to be there last night, as frequent lights attendees, we have had some brilliant evenings there, but this was the best!

    We feel sorry for anyone who missed it, and for the next comedian due here – they have a hard act to follow.

    Come back soon

  • Cat

    21.11.2009 at 02:04 Reply

    Thank you Adam for a rip-roaring night of comedy… the pizza was the icing on the cake…. but remember NO PINEAPPLE next time!

    Come back very soon… I’m intrigued what will happen next time… it was all so very random….

  • LInda Webster

    21.11.2009 at 02:46 Reply

    A fantastic night – I’m a keen comedy fan and go to lots of comedy gigs but last night I laughed more than I have done for ages. You deserve the award you mentioned and also an entry in the ‘Good Food Guide’

    A fan for life.

    P.S. Not related to Peter Webster – just his ex-wife!

  • tracey c

    21.11.2009 at 03:09 Reply

    Wow what a night!!! laughed so much my face is still aching now. Words really don’t do this show justice, I think you just had to be there and if you weren’t well hey you just went and missed the best thing to hit Andover. Hopefully you will make a return to the Lights and this time pizza’s on us ( pudding included!!!)

  • Ros

    21.11.2009 at 03:18 Reply

    Wow, still inflated! The most fun I have had out of bed! This was the best comedy event I have ever attended and I feel really privileged. You had to be there…! Thank you so much, Adam.

  • Carys

    21.11.2009 at 03:24 Reply

    A hilarious night, the most inflating event I’ve ever been to! Adam, you are an amazing comedian, pizza or no pizza!

  • Ali

    21.11.2009 at 03:59 Reply

    Disappointed about there being “no anchovies”

    Surreal night and utterly fantastic!. It takes a very brave man to ask an audience who wants pizza! Don’t think I’ll ever experience such a funny evening at the Lights. Look forward to the party next time you are in town

  • wayne and lorraine

    21.11.2009 at 04:09 Reply

    what a night. how do you describe an evening like that to people without being measured up for a straight jacket.
    we first saw you on mock the week and thought yeah this adam hills is quite funny. what an understatment that turned out to be.
    you inflated every person in the room with your humour and warmth.
    next time you come to andover we will take you out for a meal before the show, our treat.
    thanks again for a wonderful night.

  • Irene

    21.11.2009 at 04:34 Reply

    I am actually one of the volunteers at The Lights, and really appreciated Adam thanking the staff. Not many acts do that. By the way, I am the one who offered you a lift. Glad Reg got you back to the The Quality Inn safely (I can’t believe they don’t do room service)!! I bet you and Reg had a few drinks at the bar!!

    Anyway great show, I have told everyone I have seen about it. Totally random and off the cuff. Loved it from start to finish, even without the pizza, but that made it extra topping -oops I mean special!!. I hope every audience doesn’t expect pizza now, otherwise you will need to put your rates up!

  • CJR

    21.11.2009 at 04:54 Reply

    I’ve been to many a comedy night at the Lights in Andover and paid lots more money for the pleasure but last night Adam Hills was outstanding. I was probably one of the few that didn’t get a slice of his pizza but what a funny guy. I left the theater thinking that everyone in the audience should start some sort of Adam Hills first time at the Lights fan club because it was truly amazing. Thanks for coming Adam and best wishes for the rest of the tour. Come back and see us again some time. Top bloke.

  • Dave & Caroline

    21.11.2009 at 05:04 Reply

    Seen you Mocking the Week and now in the flesh and prosthetic!! Brilliant and yes Michael Macintyre does walk like that. It was such and educational and informative evening, still practising sign language!! and Australian chants!!
    Great night of fantastic comedy, fully sated and inflated!! Come back soon and we will spread the word.

  • Misha

    21.11.2009 at 05:10 Reply

    I’m noticing a pizza theme here, you bought us pizza at the 24 hour show.

  • Allison & Gary Neill

    21.11.2009 at 05:11 Reply

    What a fantastic night from start to finish. We have not belly laughed like that for soooooo long. The interaction with the audience was out of this world. If anyone can adlib like Adam did last night then they are truly great comedians.

    Didn’t have any pizza but that did not stop us have a great night out. Even managed to pull up a teenagers trousers as we left!!!!!!

    If you missed last night you missed a fantastic performer. Look forward to seeing him again

  • Allison & Gary Neill

    21.11.2009 at 05:20 Reply

    What a great show from start to finish, we have not belly laughed like that for soooooo long. If anyone can adlid like Adam did last night they are truly great performers.

    The interaction with the audience was priceless, including his slightly ropey Scottish accents.

    Didn’t have any pizza but that did not spoil a fantastic night. We even tried to pull up a teenagers trouser when we left!!!!!!!

    Don’t just think about going to see him, JUST DO IT.

  • Lesley as of Frank Holland

    21.11.2009 at 07:14 Reply

    Thank you Adam, what a great show !!!! My face is still aching almost 24 hours later. Haven’t laughed so much since I don’t know when??? I’ve never heard such a vocal British crowd, felt more like a private party…….truely brilliant!!!

  • Hilary

    21.11.2009 at 07:44 Reply

    Adam , the pizza, the sign language and grammar lessons , a brilliant night was had by all!
    On a personal level, i just wanted you to know that your story and reasoning of inflating really touched me, After years of health issues, you really made me smile on the inside and everytime i think of you or hear your name i will inflate, thank you for that gift! You are an inflater and hopefully someday i can do that for someone too! x

  • Suzy

    21.11.2009 at 08:09 Reply

    Brilliant comedy and pizza, can’t ask for a better night out! Laughed so much my face hurt!

  • Bridge

    21.11.2009 at 09:15 Reply

    Thanks for coming to Andover Mr Hills you put on a great preformance and i will definatly be coming to see another one of your shows wether you like it or not.

  • Bob @ Dominoes

    21.11.2009 at 10:19 Reply

    Seems i missed out on a very good show however everybody seemsw to have enjoyed the pizzas. Adam tell us its you next time and we will work out very special offer for you Regards

  • M&M

    21.11.2009 at 12:38 Reply

    Adam, thanks for a great show and some yummy pizza. It was a unique and amazing experience where we all truly Jon Bonded.
    True, we learnt a little more about a prostate exam than we probably wanted, but your message was touching. We will spread the word about ‘inflating’ and what a great comedian you are. Come back soon!

  • Dave & Verity

    22.11.2009 at 05:47 Reply

    Adam kept insiting he did have a show, but we never saw it. We did see a brilliant, brilliant comedian going with the flow and adapting his act to suit the mood of the audience that night, showing true comic genius in the process. I mean, who knows, another night he might have ordered pizzas WITH anchovies and pineapple, if that was what the crowd wanted.

    Brilliant! Come back soon, Adam, we’ll be first in line for tickets.

    (But … um …. could we have chinese next time, please? We’ll make sure we have a number with us)


  • Andrew Bailey

    22.11.2009 at 05:50 Reply

    Thought Al Murray was funnier, but thanks for the pizza, anyway.


  • Daniel (the 21 yr old and who ordered pizza) lol

    22.11.2009 at 22:33 Reply

    I NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD YET!!! The night was amazing and Adam was beyond epic. He’s a legend of this generation, and if he books back at the lights next year, I can safely say, it won’t be soon enough. I can’t wait for his return visit as I’ll probably laugh so hard that I cry. lol. We laughed, we cried and a great time was had by all. Except for that Andrew Bailey of course. sounds to me like he wasn’t smiling. I’ll stop talking now as you must be bored of hearing me. So I’ll finish by saying, Adam, you rock, Bob, well done on the pizzas, next time I’ll have some, and to those who didn’t come, get a ticket. seriously. Take it easy people. C’ya *waves*

  • Sue, Kevin & Mathew Orchard

    22.11.2009 at 22:56 Reply

    What a great night. I’ve never seen anyone heckled before they’ve even come on stage. The night was mad and you really had to be there to appreciate the rapport (another fancy word known inhabitants of Andover) between Adam and the audience.
    We had a real belly laugh evening and would travel miles to see you again.

  • Neil

    22.11.2009 at 23:29 Reply

    Brilliant show! Very funny, what a great bloke as well. If you are reading these blogs whilst deciding whether to book tickets to see him, don’t waste time, book now!
    In fact, as he’s an Aussie, definately see him soon whilst we still hold the Ashes, don’t give him the opportunity for extra material!!!!
    Adam, come back to Andover soon.

  • claire (bobs daughter)

    23.11.2009 at 03:00 Reply

    i wasnt there at the show, but i could well imagine that my dad would have a say on stage and try to be funny with his pizza boxes

  • The Real Andrew Bailey!!!

    23.11.2009 at 05:33 Reply

    Looks like I’ve been stitched up by my OLD Mother in law (Verity)…..!!!!

    It was a great show, laughed lots. Would definitely recommend you go and see him if you get the chance.

    PS. He was better than Al Murray!!

  • Martin & Jo

    23.11.2009 at 06:58 Reply

    Great show packed full of big belly laughs. Thanks for the pizza. Same time next year???

  • Trevor

    25.11.2009 at 01:17 Reply

    Fantastic show, great pizza.

    Thanks alot.

  • georgia

    25.11.2009 at 10:38 Reply

    such a good show,:)
    although i didn’t get any pizza 🙁

  • Gill

    26.11.2009 at 06:38 Reply

    It looks like the whole audience has left a comment, such was the rapport! Has this been known before, Adam??!
    Come back soon, and invite us all again. x

  • Si and Ron

    28.11.2009 at 07:56 Reply

    We’re jealous – we thought we had a brilliant time watching you in Didcot, but we didn’t get pizza 🙁

    Still – we had a good night and I’m still wearing the t-shirt x

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