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Andy Lee (comedian) : biography

24 May 1981 -

Andrew Thomas "Andy" Lee (born 24 May 1981) is an Australian comedian and musician. He usually works alongside Hamish Blake as part of the comedy duo Hamish & Andy.

Career

Hamish & Andy

Lee and Blake teamed with Ryan Shelton and several others to create a show called Radio Karate for RMIT University's student television company RMITV, on community-access television station Channel 31. They also trained with, and appeared on, RMIT's student radio station SYN, and subsequently had a few spot projects on FOX FM.

Lee and Blake then hosted a comedy programme on Australia's Seven Network, The Hamish and Andy Show, which was shortly cancelled after bad ratings. Critics acknowledged their talent, but panned the show as poorly executed. Since this show, Lee and Blake have almost always performed together. They are now consistently referred to as Hamish & Andy.

Blake and Lee hosted the national (Today Network) drive-time program Hamish & Andy (radio show) that ran between 4 pm and 6 pm, Monday to Friday. In 2011, the program was cut back to a weekly Friday show due to wanting to pursue other opportunities. The radio show is considered successful, scoring top positions in the radio ratings in the crucial Sydney and Melbourne markets, as well as Perth. Their audience share is around 20%, which is the highest ever recorded for a national FM show in Australia.

Lee won the first series of Joker Poker, a celebrity poker show in which contestants win money for charity. He appeared on the Network Ten program Australia's Brainiest Comedian.

On 2 March 2010, Lee knocked out his two front teeth during the recording of a segment at an ice hockey venue.

On 10 May 2010, Andy and Hamish appeared on the TV show Good News Week.

In 2011 the duo made a deal with channel nine, since they have created a ten-part series call Gap Year: New York. In 2012 they plan to make another Gap Year show in England, London for the up-coming Olympics

Solo work

Lee was also a founding member of Melbourne band Zoophyte, along with his brother Cameron. He had to retire from the band due to other commitments, but occasionally appears as a guest at some gigs.

Lee released an educational times table CD in 2003, The Sing Along Times Table CD Book. The CD was re-discovered in 2005/2006 after an "alert listener" informed Blake, and teased Lee about it on their radio show.

He is also friends with Ed Kavalee, formerly one of the co-hosts of Triple M's Get This program. Because they were on rival radio networks, whenever Kavalee mentioned Lee on air he called him "Mr X".

Personal background

Andy Lee was born on 24 May 1981. Lee attended Balwyn North Primary School and Camberwell Grammar School. Lee has a sister, Alex Lee, who writes pantomimes and stars in the comedy show Porky Pies. He also has an older brother, Cameron Lee, with whom Lee started the band Zoophyte. Lee was involved with a youth camp called Lord Somers Camp. He attended Camberwell Grammar School from grades 8 to 12, where he participated in activities such as cadets, sports, and music. He was also a member of the Scouting Movement, also performing in Camberwell Showtime and Melbourne Gang Show. He then went on to study Commerce at the University of Melbourne, where he met comedic partner Hamish Blake in 2001. He worked at Roof Carrier Systems in Camberwell.

Lee is subjected to the ongoing joke of "dating girls out of his league" because of his relationship with model Megan Gale. Andy and Megan dated from November 2006 until October 2010. The pair remain close friends and kept their split hidden from the media until it was announced on 15 December 2010. He has remained single since.

In 2006, Lee was named Cleo Bachelor of the Year.

Lee supports Carlton Football Club and is also a cricket fan.

He was selected as one of the entrants to the Who's Who in Australia 2011 edition.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref
2013 Logie Awards Most Popular Personality on TV url=http://www.tvweeklogieawards.com.au/nominees/gold-logie/most-popular-personality-on-tv/andy-lee/|title=Andy lee|publisher=TV Week Logie Awards 2013|accessdate=9 April 2013}}
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