Anthony "Lehmo" Lehmann
20 August 1969
|Occupation||Comedian, actor, television and radio presenter|
Kelly Kearney (m. 2014)
|Website||http://www.lehmo.com.au/ (archived April 2015)|
Anthony "Lehmo" Lehmann (born 20 August 1969) is an Australian comedian, actor, television and radio presenter.
Born in Peebinga, South Australia, Lehmo started out working as a chartered accountant before realising he did not actually like accounting and decided to give comedy a try. Later he joined Gold 104.3 in Melbourne with Brigitte Duclos making the Morning Show "Brig & Lehmo". When Brig quit, Jo Stanley stepped in and then "Jo & Lehmo" was formed. For many years they were voted best Radio Station in Melbourne.
Lehmo is one of Australia’s most experienced and well-travelled comedians. His live work has seen him headline at comedy clubs for well over fifteen years and work all corners of the globe – USA, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thailand.
Lehmo has also become Australia’s number one ‘combat comic’, having completed seven ‘tours of duty’ performing for our troops abroad. These tours have seen Lehmo perform in army bases in East Timor, Iraq, Kuwait, UAE, Afghanistan, Egypt, Qatar and on a number of naval ships around the world.
He has also performed sell out seasons at the Adelaide Fringe Festival (2000, 2002 and 2004), the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (1996 and 1997).
His live credits in the UK include the 1996 and 1997 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, The Comedy Store, London and Jongleurs – the largest chain of comedy clubs in Britain. Lehmo has also performed regular gigs at the Boston Comedy Club and Gotham Comedy Club, both in New York City.
His shows have included, "War, Marriage & Puppy Love" – about war, marriage and puppy love, "The Family Lifeboat" – about navigating life as a new father, and "Younger Than Brad Pitt" – about Lehmo accepting he is no longer 21 and time is marching on.
Overseas demand for Lehmo has seen him appear on England's BBC TV Comedy Showcase and as a regular compere on Britain's longest-running television stand up show Stand up Live. Lehmo also played himself in a series of ads for XXXX beer which were shot in India and screened in the UK.
In April 2014, the record was reassigned back to Tim Vine following a decision from Guinness World Record officials. An official spokesman said that Anthony Lehmann had breached the guidelines.
In November 2017, Lehmo co-hosted the Jo & Lehmo Breakfast show on Gold 104.3, which became the #1 breakfast show in Melbourne.
In 2019 and 2020, Lehmo and Emma Race also hosted the summer sports ABC radio show, Grand National.
Since 2017, Lehmo has also been a regular on the Triple M network nationwide.
The former accountant is no stranger to TV, playing series regular ‘Jim’ in ABC TV’s Utopia, which has done several awards including Best Television Comedy Series at the 4th AACTA Awards, Equity Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the Equity Ensemble Awards, and Most Outstanding Comedy Program at the Logies. He has been seen regularly on Network Ten’s Celebrity Name Game, The Project, Have You Been Paying Attention? and featured in roles on It’s A Date, Please Like Me, Neighbours (as himself). Lehmo was a team captain on Fox Footy’s AFL-themed quiz show The Beep Test, and had guest roles on Drunk History Australia, Hughesy, We Have A Problem, A League Of Their Own, Can Of Worms, Good News Week, Rove Live, The Circle, The Glasshouse, Hey Hey It’s Saturday and Stand Up Live (UK TV). Lehmo was also a core cast member of the much loved Before The Game for over 6 years on TEN.
In 2018, Lehmo hosted the ABC’s coverage of Sydney’s Invictus Games. This year, he co-hosted the ABC’s live broadcast of the 2019 Australian of the Year announcement as well as Channel 9’s AFL Footy Show.
In 2009 Lehmo played a cameo role in the Australian movie Offside. He appears as the character 'Leechy', a former Junior Socceroo, a soccer star – a role he says is not at odds with his public identity as an active supporter of Aussie Rules football club Hawthorn.
In order to play the role of Leechy, Lehmo flew to Adelaide for six hours on 6 February 2008. Once shooting was completed, he broadcast his afternoon drive-time radio show from a sister Adelaide radio station, before flying back to Sydney.
In 2010, Lehmo was developing another script with writer/director Carlo Petraccaro.
In 2007, he was the face of the advertising campaigns for the Australian International Motor Show held in Sydney. He is also the face of adverts for the new Vegemite spread iSnack 2.0 which commenced airing on 21 September 2009 and during the AFL Grand Final broadcast.
In December 2013, Lehmo announced his engagement to television producer Kelly Kearney while on holiday in South Africa. They married on 29 December 2014 in Bali. Their first child, a boy, was born on 26 July 2016.
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- ICMI – XXXX beer ads
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- Comedian Attempts to Break Joke Record – Comedy Central Insider, 2 March 2009
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- Tim Vine retakes most jokes in an hour record – Chortle, 4 April 2014
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- "Wil Anderson dumped from Triple M". news.com.au. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
- "Top Rating Melb Radio Duo Dumped By Station". The Music. 21 November 2017.
- Young Socceroos qualify for World Cup
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 January 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Funnyman Anthony Lehmann weds in Bali". 29 December 2014.
- "CONGRATULATIONS LEHMO & KEL!!". gold1043.com.au. Archived from the original on 4 November 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016.