Adelaide born comedian Amos Gill goes apocalyptic in his show Ruins, chronicling a society in decline in the midst of social media, climate change and Coronavirus. Gill suggests we could learn a thing or two from the ancient Greeks, making for a smart, well-structured discussion – unexpected in a Friday night comedy gig.
The Rhino Room audience was predominantly male and it is clear Gill has a target audience; an early jab about AFLW had some squirming in their seats. What followed, however, was clever piece and Gill had definitely done his homework; as a self-confessed history nerd, Gill reeled off fact after fact in his 60 minute show.
Ruins is completely and utterly relatable – it’s like Gill read our minds! All the stuff we were already worried about seem less daunting, however, when Gill infuses them with a comic spin. He moves seamlessly from topic to topic building his case for the last days.
Ruins finishes with Gill previewing his Fringe show in 2040 – not sidesplittingly funny, but definitely clever and not so unfathomable.
Throughout the show, there were definitely laugh-out-loud moments, and Gill’s critiques of our crazy millennial ways provided for some light-hearted introspection. Even though Gill’s more extended rant against AFLW later in the piece seemed to fall flat, the rest of his show was very much on the mark; perhaps Gill is more of a feminist than we first thought.
It is clear why he has experienced success both at home and overseas; there’s a lot to love about this Adelaide boy and Ruins is his smartest piece yet.
By Rachel Gould
Amos Gill’s Ruins is playing at Rhino Room until March 13th. Tickets can be purchased here at