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Hamish & Andy : biography

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Hamish & Andy are an Australian comedy duo formed in 2003 by Hamish Blake and Andy Lee. They currently host the radio program The Hamish & Andy Show which airs in Australia on the Today Network.

Most well known for their work on television as correspondents on Rove from 2007 to 2009, they also created the sketch comedy series Radio Karate in 2003 and Real Stories in 2006, and hosted the variety show The Hamish and Andy Show in 2004. They were signed by the Nine Network in 2011.

In addition, they have made numerous appearances hosting events, and competing on game shows and in celebrity sporting events.

Background

The two met while Lee was studying Commerce and Blake was studying Commerce/Science at the University of Melbourne, and entered comedy competitions.

Radio career

The duo began presenting radio on the Student Youth Network, in the Friday afternoon drivetime slot. They hosted a Monday night late-night radio program called "Almost Tuesday" on Fox FM. The duo then hosted the Fox FM program, Almost Midday. From 2006, they host the two-hour afternoon program, Hamish & Andy, formerly The Hamish & Andy Show, on the Today Network in all states and territories of Australia and in New Zealand. A weekly highlights package is also broadcast in Dubai.

The duo have presented two radio specials on BBC 6 Music in the United Kingdom on 21 December 2009 and 26 January 2010. On Friday 11 June it was announced on the Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show that Hamish & Andy would be presenting three shows in London during July 2010 to cover Christian's holiday. Hamish and Andy signed a deal to present a series of shows to air on Absolute Radio Sunday evenings.

The Hamish & Andy Show

The duo have hosted a two-hour weekday show, The Hamish & Andy Show, since 2006. The show is broadcast in all the seven major cities of Australia, in the afternoon drivetime slot (and a compilation of the past week's best on Saturday mornings in New Zealand). The show is the highest-rated radio series in Australian history, with approximately two million listeners daily. Notable activities include the inventing of a new potato crisp, and the purchasing of a greyhound, Fred Basset. In addition, the group has made numerous trips: two domestic and two foreign caravan tours, Bass Strait sailboat trip, and trips to Afghanistan, Beijing, and India, recording live on location. The program has won 13 Australian Commercial Radio Awards.

The duo released a compilation album of segments from their radio show, Unessential Listening, in 2008. The album peaked at on the Australian Top 100 Albums Chart, received platinum certification by the Australian Recording Industry Association and went on to win Best Comedy Release at the ARIA Music Awards of 2009. They released a second compilation album Celebrating 50 Glorious Years in 2010.http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad-application/going-off-air-with-hamish-andy/story-fn6cc2fg-1225960371227 The album debuted at number six and received gold certification.

Blake and Lee announced in August 2010 that they would be cutting down their show to a single program each week from 2011 onward. The final daily program aired on 3 December 2010.

Business Brunch

As of January 2013, the pair began hosting a two hour radio show on the Today Network Mondays from 4 p.m., and a one hour show from 9 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. This second show is known as Business Brunch, during which they cover every single topic in the world, one topic per show. The list of topics for every week is updated the week before and listeners are encouraged to contribute any 'expertise' or assistance to the discussion of any particular topic covered on the show.

Other projects

On 7 July 2007 they presented the Australian leg of Live Earth. They played in the 2008 and 2009 E. J. Whitten Legends Game. They also made a mockumentary short film The Greystone 2800, that won the 2005 Melbourne Comedy Festival Short Film competition. They also hosted FHM's Search for Australia's Funniest Man.

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