Series: The Last Leg

The Last Leg is a topical comedy show on the U.K's Channel Four, which originally ran alongside the main coverage of the 2012 Paralympic Games. It returned for two series of weekly episodes in 2013 and 2014, and is in its seventh series as of mid-2015. The show is hosted by Australian comedian Adam Hills with co-hosts comedian Josh Widdicombe and journalist Alex Brooker.


Tropes:

  • Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable: Josh occasionally picks up Adam on pronouncing certain words differently due to his Australian accent. This started when Adam pronounced data as d-ah-ta.
  • Acceptable Ethnic Targets: Lots of jokes directed at Adam for being Australian, especially after Australia's poor performance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
  • Almost Kiss: Alex jokingly tries to kiss Josh in series 6, except Josh flinches too fast for him. Alex then points out that they haven't kissed that series yet, and it was the last episode, hence the attempt.
  • Anticipatory Breath Spray: Josh sprays Alex with breath freshener before they kiss in series 4.
  • Brick Joke: One episode started with Adam, Josh, and Alex sitting in a car and wondering where a loud, thumping noise was coming from. At the end of the episode, it was revealed that John Bishop was trying to fit a sofa into the boot of the car.
  • Butt Monkey: Adam, Alex, and Josh have all had their fair share of this trope.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • Adam Hills has "You're being a dick!"
    • Adam closes each show with "see you next week for the next leg".
  • Guyliner: Happens to Josh in series 4 episode 4 thanks to Claudia Winkleman.
  • Fun with Acronyms: When trying to rename ISIS, one of Adam's ideas was Combined United Northern Territories of Syria
  • Funny Background Event: In one episode, Josh sets Adam's cricket themed prosthetic on fire. The burning leg is then taken away, but the sound of the fire extinguisher used to put it out is so loud it momentarily interrupts the next segment of the show.
  • Ho Yay: Alex and Josh, Played for Laughs. Amongst other things, they've kissed on screen and been shown in bed together twice (once as part of a parody of an ad by the Australian Sex Party, once as part of the same sketch in which they kissed).
  • It Makes Sense in Context: Lampshaded by Josh in series 6, in the episode following then-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's appearance.
    Josh: There was quite a lot of articles about The Last Leg last week, because Alex had interviewed the Deputy Prime Minister, and there was one in The Telegraph. It was all this stuff about Nick Clegg, and then - out of nowhere, no context - just a paragraph that said, "And then the Deputy Prime Minister got a melon and threw it at the disabled Alex Brooker, who cut it with a blade on his leg." People must have been reading that going, "What the fuck is going on? What kind of TV show are they making?"
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: Adam introduces Josh and Alex with, "Joining me is the pride of Dartmoor, Josh Widdicombe, and the man who [comedic fact about Alex, usually beginning with "this week"], Alex Brooker". This has only been subverted once, in series 4 episode 5, when Alex was introduced as the pride of his hometown, and Josh was introduced as Dartmoor's first goth.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Adam occasionally does impressions, and Josh and Alex tend to lampshade the quality of the impression immediately afterwards.
  • N-Word Privileges: Part of the show's raison d'etre, to say things about disability no non-disabled person could. However, probably the harshest jokes come from Josh, who isn't disabled (but is the butt of many short jokes).
  • Never Work with Children or Animals: In one episode, John Cleese bought on his cat, Francis, to make him a celebrity. Unfortunately, Francis started to wander off while Adam was trying to make a serious speech.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Josh in this sketch, when he doesn't bother doing a Greek accent.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping / What the Hell Is That Accent?: Adam struggles to keep his German accent consistent in this sketch. At one point, he admits he sounds South African instead.
  • Portmanteau: Josh + Alex = Jalex. This came about after Josh and Alex's first kiss in series 4, when people on Twitter started to refer to them as Jalex. It has since been used by the show's official Twitter feed, and mentioned by Adam.
  • Scenery Censor: Adam has one in series 6, when he's shown bouncing naked on a trampoline with a dog covering him up note .
  • Shout-Out: The show always ends with a skit that relates to one or more topics discussed in the episode.
  • Take That: Nigh-constantly to Vladimir Putin. And Justin Bieber. And many others.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Anytime Adam launches into a tirade starting with "If (x) then you're being a dick!".
  • Token Non-Disabled Person: Josh.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Adam, Alex, and Josh will make jokes at each others' expenses.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Played for laughs several times in series 6, usually whenever someone was about to say something controversial.
    • Subverted for the first episode of series 7, when genuine technical issues interrupted the programme for several minutes. This was then played for laughs in the following episode, when Alex was unimpressed with the voice over man, to which the latter interrupted the programme straightaway to insult Alex back.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Played for laughs in series 5. In one episode, Carrie Fisher starts hugging and resting her head on Alex's shoulder. Later, for the final episode of the series, she storms on set and "breaks up" with Alex after seeing his and Josh's kiss.