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Hamish & Andy are an Australian comedy duo, consisting of Hamish Blake and Andy Lee. The two met while studying commerce at the University of Melbournemarker, and entered comedy competitions. The pair worked on the Melbourne Student Youth Network radio station, and developed the sketch show Radio Karate for Melbourne's Channel 31.

Media

Seven Network

The pair presented The Hamish & Andy Show which aired on the Seven Network in March 2005. It mixed casual talk and sketch comedy. It featured a number of actors from the sketch show Big Bite, and continued many of its recurring sketches. They began working with the Seven Network on the day Lee finished his last exam at Melbourne Universitymarker, but the show was a ratings disaster, with reviewers acknowledging their talent but describing the show as "poorly structured". As a result, the show was axed after only two weeks. They developed a relationship with Rove McManus, and began working with his production company, Roving Enterprises.

Fox FM

Hamish & Andy were offered an unpaid late-night shift on radio station Fox FM. The station warmed to the duo, and they went on to host the Almost Midday show on Saturdays. As ratings improved for the pair, it was announced that in 2006 they would have their own weekday drive program from 4 to 6pm. Titled The Hamish & Andy Show, the show is simultaneously broadcast by other Today Network radio stations in Perthmarker (92.9), Melbournemarker (Fox FM), Adelaidemarker (SAFM), Port Augusta Magic FM 105.9, Sydneymarker (2Day FMmarker), Brisbanemarker (B105), Newcastlemarker (NXFM) and Canberramarker (104.7marker) and is replayed in a highlights package on Saturdays from 7 to 9am. On 24 January 2009 the show started broadcasting in New Zealand on the ZM Network on Saturday mornings from 8 to 10am NZDT. The pair are also now broadcasting to Tasmania.

Since 19 January 2009 the show was networked around the Ace Radio Network in Victoria (Consisting of TRFM - Traralgon, Mixx FM - Colac, Hamilton, Horsham & Swan Hill and Coast FM - Warrnambool), the Capital Radio Network in New South Wales (Consisting of Snow FM - Snowy Mountains and Eagle FM - Goulburn) Grant Broadcasters in Tasmania (Consisting of 7HOFM in Hobart, LAFM in Launceston, Sea FM in Burnie, Devonport and Scottsdale)and power FM (Murray Bridge).

Ten Network

They initially made guest appearances on Rove Live. They then starred and wrote for the mock Channel Ten series Real Stories, a satirical current affairs show hosted by Jennifer Adams. The first season finished on 10 October 2006 with repeats of these starting on 3 June 2007 on Sundays after Rove. Several notable guests have appeared on the show including Tony Martin, Nicholas Bell, Derryn Hinch, Alan Brough, Stephen Curry, Peter Hellier, Blair McDonough and Jeremy Kewley.

In 2007 they commenced a regular segment on Rove, appearing every second week. The pair also appeared together on an episode of the first series of Channel 10's Joker Poker. Lee would eventually go on to win the tournament. They also appeared on Australia's Brainiest Comedian. Blake has appeared many times on the improvisational comedy show Thank God You're Here, including an appearance on the British version.Hamish & Andy presented Hamish and Andy: Re-gifted, a package of all their Rove appearances, in November 2008. Also on September 10, 2009 a one hour American Caravan of Courage special aired. They are presenting their best bits in another Regifted special on Monday 23, 2009, this time broadcast from the backyard of Hamish's grandparents, Moosey and Pop.

It has also been heavily rumoured that the duo will be getting their own show entitled The Hamish And Andy Show, But this has been refuted by Hamish and Andy publicly

Podcasting

Hamish & Andy offer podcast versions of their weekday radio show (with editing out of news, music and ads). It is always available to download and is Australia's top rated Podcast as rated by iTunes.There are also 'minicasts' which feature each segment of the afternoon show in different files.

Other Appearances

Hamish Blake currently holds the record for the most guest appearances (39) on the popular music quiz show Spicks and Specks. In 2008 Blake hosted a behind the scenes special for Spicks and Specks.

They both competed in the Celebrity Challenge race at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Parkmarker from 15-18 March 2007. Andy finished in sixth position and Hamish finished in thirteenth. Due to a bet made previously over who would fare better, Andy forced Hamish to wear a racing helmet that was padlocked onto his head for an indefinite amount of time. At the end of the week, Hamish was allowed to take off the helmet, at the expense of not reading his Fred Basset segment, which Andy frequently derides as rubbish.

The duo were "backstage hosts" at the Logie Awards in 2007 and 2008. They interviewed winners after they left the main stage. On 7 July 2007 they presented the Australian leg of Live Earth. They hosted the 2008 ARIA music awards and participated in the Australian version of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, a reality game show hosted by Rove McManus to raise money for the Heart Foundation.

On 16 September 2009 the duo appeared on The Jay Leno Show to premiere the sport of "ghosting", which is following behind strangers for as long as possible before the target notices the ghost. Hamish won the competition.

3 November 2009 the segment returned to the Jay Leno Show featuring Hamish and Andy The Game was a tie and resolved in a tie-breaker. Andy won the tiebreaker with a "ghost' dog.

Hamish and Andy made everyone aware that they would return to the Jay Leno Show in December 2009 for another Ghosting segment.

Other media

Andy Lee was named Cleo Bachelor of the Year in 2006

Notable activities

  • Hamish buys a greyhound named 'Fred Basset' after one of Hamish's segments on the show.
  • Hamish and Andy broadcast a nationwide radio show live from Afghanistan from what they called "The Giggle Bunker".
  • In 2007 and 2008 Hamish & Andy hired a caravan and embarked on a broadcast trip titled the 'Caravan Of Courage'.
  • The boys took an 18th century tall ship on a trip across Bass Straitmarker from Australia to Tasmania, because the radio show is now broadcast there. The ship was named "The Talley Shore" in honour of actor/comedian Pauley Shore.
  • Hamish and Andy traveled to Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, during which they hosted their radio show in the 'Forbidden Studio'.


  • In May 2008, Hamish & Andy invented a new flavour of potato chip - gravy. Smith's agreed to make 500 bags, but when demand was high made a further 60,000 bags for free distribution. Ultimately 500,000 packets of gravy chips were released commercially on the 11th of August 2008 as a limited edition flavour.
  • In 2009, Hamish & Andy both played in the E. J. Whitten Legends Game, an annual Australian rules football game in honor of the late Ted Whitten.


  • In 2009, Hamish & Andy travelled across the United Statesmarker in another of their Caravan of Courage trips, the slogan of this trip was "Yes We Van" in a play on words of a famous quote by president Barack Obama. They travelled in an RV named "Abravan Lincoln" another play on words on a famous president of the United Statesmarker.


Neighbours television appearance

Hamish & Andy appeared on the 27 August 2008 episode of Australian drama Neighbours, playing fictional radio DJs Fred and Big Tommo. Hamish & Andy allowed radio listeners to call in and name their Neighbours characters, with one caller naming Hamish "Fred" after Fred Basset, and another caller named Andy "Big Tommo" after himself.

Unessential listening

On 29 November, 2008, Hamish and Andy released a 2-disc album including all of Hamish and Andy's favourite segments from the show over the past 3 years. The album debuted at #5 on the ARIA Albums Chart and peaked at #4, remaining in the charts for 12 weeks.The album peaked at #6 on the Australian iTunes Store.

The album also won an ARIA award for Best Comedy Release.

References

  1. The Age: Hamish & Andy
  2. http://www.mediaspy.org/report/2009/01/05/hamish-andy-take-on-tasmania/ Hamish & Andy take on Tasmania
  3. The Real Story|Real Stories
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  5. Hamish and Andy have survived for another TV show, thanks to a US cop
  6. Victory for the Big V!: EJ Whittens
  7. Hamish and Andy on Neighbours
  8. ARIA Chart Archive 14/12/08
  9. ARIA Chart Archive 04/01/09
  10. ARIA Charts Archive 01/03/09


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