Comedian Adam Hills defends cancel culture and urges comics to be more responsible – Mirror Online

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Comedian Adam Hills has weighed in with his thoughts on the apparent fear of “cancel culture” in comedy.

The Australian comic has argued that if you say something which loses your audience then “you have probably said the wrong thing”.

The 50-year-old told News Corp that the commotion surrounding cancel culture has been taken too far by people on both sides of the debate.

He said: “There is a group of people who would like to think that cancel culture is more than it is and there is a group of people who like to think they can ban stuff.”

He denied the claim that “you can’t say anything in comedy anymore” but instead insisted that comedians “act like grown ups” if they offend an audience.

“That’s what the audience is there for isn’t it?,” he said. “If you offend them — it’s not necessarily their fault.”

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Adam Hills says it’s not necessarily the audience’s fault if a comedian offends them
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The Last Leg host is known for his political satire and social commentary on the show and he often takes aim at politicians and figures in the media like Piers Morgan and Katie Hopkins.

He hosted the show alongside Josh Widdicombe, and Alex Brooker usually in front of a live audience, before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

He admits that he has took a back seat on his “shouty” style comedy acts because he started to feel as though he was just adding noise to political turmoil.

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Adam Hills says comedians have had to become more responsible for their words
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Hills said: “I think in a way, we as comedians have had to become more responsible for what we are saying but not for fear of being cancelled – we have had to do it because in a weird way we have had to be the grown-ups.”

The comedian is currently preparing to front a new 10-episode of Spicks and Specks in Australia on ABC.

He previously presented the show between 2005 and 2011. The show’s former team captains Alan Brough and Myf Warhurst will also take part in the reboot of the show.

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