Anthony Lehmann

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Anthony Lehmann
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Born (1969-08-20) 20 August 1969 (age 51)
NationalityAustralian
OccupationComedian, actor, television and radio presenter
Years active1994−present
Spouse(s)
Kelly Kearney
(m. 2014)
Children1
Websitehttp://www.lehmo.com.au/ (archived April 2015)

Anthony "Lehmo" Lehmann (born 20 August 1969) is an Australian comedian, actor, television and radio presenter.

Career[edit]

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.[1]

Stand up[edit]

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).[2]

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.[citation needed] Lehmo has also performed regular gigs at the Boston Comedy Club and Gotham Comedy Club, both in New York City.[citation needed]

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.[3] Lehmo also played himself in a series of ads for XXXX beer[4][5] which were shot in India and screened in the UK.

In 2021, Lehmo accused RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under contestant Anita Wigl'it of stealing one of his jokes about Prince Andrew during her appearance as Elizabeth II in the show's Snatch Game challenge. Lehmo claimed he had first cracked the joke in August 2020 and that “my joke has now gone global without me.” Wigl'it later issued an apology on her Instagram, saying ““Oh no! I do apologise!! When I was doing research for the Queen character I knew that there was something funny about the letter writing[...]Friends suggested the text. Turns out they had heard it somewhere before!”[6]

World record[edit]

In May 2005, Lehmann broke the Guinness World Record for the most jokes told in an hour with 549, beating the previous record of 499,[7][8] which was held by UK comedian Tim Vine.

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.[9]

Radio[edit]

SAFM[edit]

In 2003, Lehmo’s radio career started as co-host of SAFM breakfast show in Adelaide with Lisa "Milly" Millard.[10]

In July 2020, Lehmo returned to SAFM to host breakfast alongside Rebecca Morse and Andrew Costello 'Cosi'.

Mix 1011 & Gold 104.3[edit]

In January 2010, Lehmo joined Brigitte Duclos on Mix 1011 to host Mix Mornings where he replaced Tom Gleeson.[10] In December 2011, Australian Radio Network announced that Lehmann and Duclos would move to present Brig & Lehmo for Breakfast on Gold 104.3 replacing Grubby & Dee Dee. In November 2015, Duclos resigned from Gold 104.3 and it was announced that Jo Stanley would replace her from January 2016. In November 2017, Lehmo co-hosted the Jo & Lehmo Breakfast Show on Gold 104.3, which became the #1 breakfast show in Melbourne. The show was axed in December 2017 from Gold 104.3.[11]

ABC Radio[edit]

In 2018, Lehmo joined ABC and hosted ABC Grandstand with Angela Pippos and Emma Race. He also hosted the summer sports ABC radio show, Grand National.

Triple M[edit]

In April 2007, Lehmo joined Triple M to co-host drive-time program Wil & Lehmo which also starred fellow comedian co-host Wil Anderson.[12] The show ended in November 2008.[13] Lehmo has since been a regular contributor on the Triple M network.

Television[edit]

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.

Film[edit]

In 2009 Lehmo played a cameo role in the Australian movie Offside. He appears as the character 'Leechy', a former Junior Socceroo,[14] 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.[citation needed]

In 2010, Lehmo was developing another script with writer/director Carlo Petraccaro.[10]

Lehmo has also had cameos the Working Dog film Any Questions For Ben? and comedy That’s Not My Dog!

Other work[edit]

In 2007, he was the face of the advertising campaigns for the Australian International Motor Show held in Sydney.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2013, Lehmo announced his engagement to television producer Kelly Kearney while on holiday in South Africa.[15] They married on 29 December 2014 in Bali.[16] Their first child, a boy, was born on 26 July 2016.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Comedy career adds up for Lehmo". Sydney Morning Herald. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Lehmo". Network Ten. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Lehmo". Upfront Events. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  4. ^ ICMI – XXXX beer ads
  5. ^ The Comedy Club Archived 3 August 2012 at archive.today – XXXX beer ads
  6. ^ Smith, Reiss (15 July 2021). "Drag Race queen apologises for stealing infamous joke". PinkNews. Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  7. ^ Comedian Attempts to Break Joke RecordComedy Central Insider, 2 March 2009
  8. ^ "From improbable to insane - theage.com.au". theage.com.au. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  9. ^ Tim Vine retakes most jokes in an hour recordChortle, 4 April 2014
  10. ^ a b c "Lehmo's back on air". Adelaide Now. 6 January 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Top Rating Melb Radio Duo Dumped By Station". The Music. 21 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Bio". lehmo.com.au. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Wil Anderson dumped from Triple M". news.com.au. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  14. ^ Young Socceroos qualify for World Cup
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 January 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Funnyman Anthony Lehmann weds in Bali". 29 December 2014.
  17. ^ "CONGRATULATIONS LEHMO & KEL!!". gold1043.com.au. Archived from the original on 4 November 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016.

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