Avid Twitter users will no doubt have come across my latest Comedian Of The Month before; Adam Hess has accumulated nearly 50,000 followers on the site as a result of his mastery of 140-character humour. He has a sharp wit, a necessary comic trait, but also an eye for the stranger kind of observation, pairing silliness with darker elements.
Hess’ character on stage whilst performing stand up is wholly separate from that of the level-headed, sarcastic comedian we see online. The intelligent twists of logic are still a core part of the package and he certainly presents ideas that are unusual, observational comedy of that which has perhaps never been observed. However, performance-mode-Hess is a bundle of frantic energy, of faux-nervousness and jittery giggles. It’s hard to not find it endearing upon first watching, but further viewing proves that this comic is, somewhat unbelievably, in full control, and not the foppish student he first appears to be.
Just heard a 6 year old on the train ask her parents if ants go to the dentist. What an absolute fucking idiot
— Adam Hess (@adamhess1) July 13, 2015
Any time someone has given me the advice "If you don't ask you don't get" I haven't asked them for advice.
— Adam Hess (@adamhess1) July 8, 2015
A particularly admirable ability of this comedian is that he manages to pack a huge number of one-liner gags into a set, and a remarkable percentage of them actually land. It is a common downfall that I have found with many predominantly one-liner comics that a lot of the jokes are, completely unavoidably, stabs in the dark; things that cause uproar on one night may fall to the sound of silence the next. Adam’s apparent spontaneity brings a wonderful animation to each performance, which carries him through even when the laughter dies out (which, of course, is infrequently).
Having already won the Chortle Student Comedy Award in 2011, Adam Hess is making waves on the comedy scene and brings his debut show to the Edinburgh Festival this month.