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Hamish Blake
Hamish Blake in 2005
Birth nameHamish Donald Blake
Born (1981-12-11) 11 December 1981 (age 42)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
MediumStand-up, television, radio
EducationCaulfield Grammar School
St Leonard's College
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
Years active2002–present
(m. 2012)

Hamish Donald Blake OAM (born 11 December 1981) is an Australian comedian, television and radio presenter, actor and author. Since 2003, he has worked with Andy Lee as part of the comedy duo Hamish and Andy. The pair have performed live and on television and radio, most notably with their drive-time radio program Hamish & Andy. As a solo performer, Blake has appeared on various Australian television programs, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's televised 2008 Great Debate, and has been a regular guest on TV programs such as Spicks and Specks, Rove, and Thank God You're Here.

In April 2012, Blake and Lee won a Logie Award for their television program Hamish and Andy's Gap Year. Individually, Blake is a two-time winner of the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television, winning the award in 2012 for Hamish and Andy's Gap Year and in 2022 for Lego Masters.[1][2] In 2022, Blake was the recipient of the TV Week Bert Newton Award for most outstanding presenter.[3][4]

Early life

Blake grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Glen Waverley. He is a middle child; his older brother, Lachlan, is a solicitor, and his sister, Sophie, has completed an arts degree. His parents, Noel and Kerry, separated when Blake was 17, with his father eventually remarrying. As a child, Blake says he was a fan of British comedy such as Monty Python, Fawlty Towers and Blackadder; as a teenager, he "worshipped" comedians Tony Martin and Mick Molloy. Blake was a member of the National Boys Choir of Australia during the late 1980s. He attended primary school at Glen Waverley South Primary, while he went to high school at Caulfield Grammar School and later at St Leonard's College, graduating in 1999.[5]

After a gap year, Blake enrolled at the University of Melbourne in a Science/Commerce double degree. Blake recalled, "I'm interested in artificial intelligence and computer science. That stuff still fascinates me," he says. However, a few weeks into the semester, he met Andy Lee: "That was the turning point. The wheels quickly fell off my academic career." Blake eventually dropped out of university to pursue a career in comedy alongside Lee. Blake's first experience with comedy was when he entered a competition at university. He was broke at the time, and he hoped to win the $500 first prize. His stand-up performance earned him third place and qualified him for a statewide universities' final, which he won.[5]


Hamish and Andy

Andy Lee (left) and Blake (right) at the 2009 ARIA Awards

Hamish Blake has collaborated with fellow comedian Andy Lee as the duo Hamish and Andy since 2003, when they performed their breakout show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, a stage production about a trip they had taken to North Queensland in Blake's old car. Soon after, they trained with SYN Radio, gaining a drive-time shift, and created a show called Radio Karate for RMITV on community-access television station Channel 31, which they created in collaboration with Ryan Shelton and several other school friends. Radio Karate won an Antenna Award for best comedy program at the inaugural National Community Television Awards in February 2004, and one month later they were offered a national comedy program on Australia's Seven Network.[6]

The Hamish and Andy Show premiered on the Seven Network in March 2005, but it failed to achieve ratings success and was cancelled after two weeks. Reviewers acknowledged the duo's talent but criticised the show as "poorly executed".[6] Blake says that while working on the show was a fun experience, they had little control over what happened and the way it went forward.[7] Following the cancellation of The Hamish and Andy Show, they created a short mockumentary titled The Greystone 2800 about a couple who accidentally bought an open display home after failing to read the fine print on a housing purchase. The film won the Melbourne Comedy Festival Short Film competition and attracted the attention of comedian Rove McManus. This led to some small spots on McManus's Network Ten show Rove Live.[6]

McManus's company, Roving Enterprises, also helped the duo develop Real Stories, a mock current affairs show that aired on Network Ten in 2006.[6] Blake says that the experience of creating Real Stories was much more enjoyable than The Hamish and Andy Show because they had greater control over the series. Blake and Lee wrote, acted, directed, filmed, and produced the show with input from Ryan Shelton and Tim Bartley.[7]

In 2006, Blake and Lee debuted a national drive-time radio show titled Hamish & Andy on the Today Network. The show quickly gained popularity, finishing 2006 with almost one million Melbourne listeners, ahead of 3AW's popular radio host Derryn Hinch.[6] By August 2008, Blake and Lee's show was rating number one in four out of Australia's five major capital cities.[8] By the beginning of 2009, the show was broadcast in all capital cities as well as many regional centres across the country.

In September 2008, it was announced that they would make a guest appearance on Ten's Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, which was hosted by Rove McManus.[9] In the same year they also made a guest appearance on the Australian soap opera Neighbours.[10]

On Wednesday 19 November 2008, at 7.30 pm, Hamish and Andy aired their own one-time episode, brought to you by Rove: Hamish & Andy Re-Gifted: A Very Early Christmas Special. This was to re-present everything they had accomplished in 2008 on Rove.

Hamish and Andy have also appeared on Channel Ten's Good News Week and The Project several times.

He is a founding member of a "rock-insult" band, Coolboys and the Frontman, along with Andy Lee and Jack Post.

Solo work

Blake has appeared on various Australian television series, including Spicks and Specks, Thank God You're Here, Twentysomething, Australia's Brainiest Comedian, The Librarians, The Panel, Rove, Talkin' 'bout your Generation and The Footy Show.[5] He has also featured in the British version of Thank God You're Here.[11] In 2008, he was a speaker for the negative team in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's annual televised Great Debate.[12]

He had a monthly column in the Australian women's magazine Cosmopolitan. He was also the winner of the TV Fugly Award for Spunkiest Male TV Personality in 2008.[13] Hamish Blake was voted the comedian of the year in 2007 by the Eather corporation. His compatriot Andy Lee was placed 14th for 2007.[citation needed] Blake also came first in 'Television's most powerful celebrity' for 2009; Lee came 19th.

On 20 January 2010, it was announced Hamish would be writing a column for the Herald Sun.

Hamish, along with his wife Zoë Foster Blake, has written a book on dating called Textbook Romance.[14]

After scaling back his daily radio show to a weekly radio show and podcast, Hamish took on several new side projects. In 2011, Blake made an appearance in the ABC comedy Twentysomething, starring real-life best friends Jess Harris and Josh Schmidt.[15] He also co-starred in his first feature film with Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords, Two Little Boys, shot in New Zealand[16] Hamish joked: "I don't feel comfortable about cheating on Andy but now it's all out there. We've always had an open comedic relationship, but it was for one-night stands only, with no exchange of phone numbers. I've heard them [Andy and Jemaine Clement, Bret's comedic partner] whispering on the phone, plotting to do their own movie to release on the same day to sink ours."[17]

In 2019, it was announced that Blake would be joining Nine Network's brand-new reality competition series titled Lego Masters Australia, as the series host alongside judge Ryan McNaught.[18][19][20] In 2021, Nine announced that Blake would hast a new Lego Masters Christmas special spinoff series, titled Lego Masters Bricksmas Specials, which saw celebrities be paired up with former Lego Masters contestant over two episodes, competing for a $20,000 donation to the Kmart Wishing Tree.[21][22][23]

In October 2022, Blake launched a podcast called How Other Dads Dad with Hamish Blake.[24][25] The first season saw guests such as fellow fathers Rob Sitch, Adam Hills, Stan Grant, Max Gawn, Dave Hughes, and Ben Lee.[24]

Personal life

Hamish is married to Zoë Foster Blake in 2012. They have two children: Sonny and Rudy.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Real Stories Various 8 episodes
2008 Neighbours Fred 1 episode
2009 The Librarians Jake Jackson 1 episode
2010 I Love You Too Patrick
2012 Two Little Boys Deano
2011–2013 Twentysomething Billy 12 episodes
2015 Now Add Honey Alex Kilstein
2016 Molly Television Crew TV miniseries
The Wrong Girl Hamilton
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Pyro (voice)
2021–present Bluey Jack's Dad (voice)

As himself

Year Title Notes
2004 Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal 2004[citation needed] TV movie documentary
2004 Hamish & Andy 6 episodes
2005 Australia's Brainiest Kid 1 episode
2006 Dancing with the Stars 1 episode
2006 The 20th Annual ARIA Awards Host
2007 The 2007 TV Week Movie Awards Host
2007 Live Earth Documentary
2007 'Little Britain' Down Under[citation needed]
2007 The Panel 1 episode
2008 Thank God You're Here 2 episodes, UK TV series
2008 The 50th Annual TV Week Logie Awards
2008 The Footy Show 1 episode
2009 Australia Unites: The Victorian Bushfire Appeal
2006–2009 Thank God You're Here 10 episodes
2009 The Chaser's War on Everything 1 episode
2009 The Making of 'The Librarians' Video documentary short
2009 The Jay Leno Show 2 episodes
2005–2009 Rove Live 40 episodes
2010 Sleuth 101 1 episode
2010 50th Annual TV Week Logie Awards
2010 Good News Week 1 episode
2010 The Graham Norton Show 1 episode
2009–2010 Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation 3 episodes
2009–2010 The Project 20 episodes
2011 Hamish & Andy's Gap Year 20 Episodes
2005–2011 Spicks & Specks 53 episodes
2012 Fashion News Live[citation needed] 1 episode
2012 Adam Hills Tonight[citation needed] 1 episode
2012 The 54th Annual TV Week Logie Award Co-host
2012 The Silic & Lee Show at the Logies: Red Carpet Special 2012[citation needed]
2012 Hamish & Andy's Euro Gap Year 7 episodes
2012 Today 1 episode
2009–2012 Hamish & Andy's Caravan of Courage 4 episodes, 4 part series
2013 The Ryzza Mae Show 1 episode, uncredited
2013 Hamish & Andy's Asian Gap Year 6 episodes
2014 Hamish & Andy's Gap Year South America 6 episodes
2017–2018 True Story with Hamish & Andy 20 episodes
2019 Hamish and Andy's "Perfect" Holiday 3 episodes
2019–present Lego Masters Australia Host
2021–present Lego Masters Bricksmas Specials Host


Year Title Episode/s Written
2004 Hamish & Andy 6
2006 Real Stories 8
2005–2009 Rove Live 40
2011 Hamish & Andy's Gap Year 10
2012 Hamish & Andy's Euro Gap Year 7
2009–2012 Caravan of Courage 4
2013 Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia 6
2014 Hamish & Andy's Gap Year South America 6
Years Title Episodes
2006–2010; 2015–2017 Hamish & Andy (radio show) 2,420+[27]
2018–present Hamish & Andy (podcast) 232+[28]
2006 How Other Dads Dad 19+[29]

E. J. Whitten Legends Game

In 2008 and 2009, Blake and working partner Lee played in the E. J. Whitten Legends Game. Lee played for Victoria, while Blake played for the All-Stars. Blake scored the winning goal for the All-Stars in 2008, and he kicked an additional two goals in 2009.[citation needed]

Mr. New York State 2011

As part of a stunt for the TV series Hamish and Andy's Gap Year, Andy entered Hamish into the Mr. New York State bodybuilding competition in the Heavyweight division. Due to a technicality in which Blake was the only contestant over 200 pounds (91 kg)—the minimum requirement for a Heavyweight contender—he was awarded the title of Mr. New York State 2011 in the Heavyweight division.[30]

Year Award Category Result
2011 Mr. New York State Heavyweight division Won[31]

Awards and nominations

In the 2024 King's Birthday Honours list, Blake was bestowed a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) "for service to the arts as an entertainer, and to the community".[32]

Year Award Category Result
2011 Logie Awards Most Popular Presenter Nominated
2012 Nominated
Most Popular Personality on TV Won[33]
2013 Most Popular TV Presenter Won
Most Popular Personality on TV Nominated
2014 Most Popular Presenter Nominated
2015 Most Popular Personality on TV Nominated
2022 Bert Newton Award for Most Popular Presenter Won
Most Popular Personality on TV Won
2023 Most Popular Personality on TV Nominated
Bert Newton Award for Most Popular Presenter Nominated

See also


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  2. ^ Burke, Kelly (19 June 2022). "Hamish Blake wins gold at 2022 Logie awards". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 27 March 2023.
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  4. ^ "Hamish Blake wins Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television". www.9news.com.au. 20 June 2022. Retrieved 27 March 2023.
  5. ^ a b c Fynes-Clinton, Matthew (10 November 2007). "Hamish Blake, boy wonder". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  6. ^ a b c d e Nancarrow, Cate (2 April 2007). "Hamish & Andy". The Age. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  7. ^ a b AAP (14 August 2006). "Comics Hamish and Andy back on the box". The Age. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  8. ^ Hogan, Jesse (26 August 2008). "Austereo confident that radio advertising will grow". The Age. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  9. ^ Mercado, Andrew (5 September 2008). "Show that's in a class of its own". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 September 2008.
  10. ^ Knox, David (10 August 2008). "Hamish & Andy on Ramsay". TV Tonight. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  11. ^ Staff writer (17 January 2008). "Hamish Blake is a hit in UK show Thank God You're Here". Perth Now. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  12. ^ Ziffer, Daniel (31 March 2008). "Stars 'turn' on TV and win over fans". The Age. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  13. ^ "2008 Results – TV Fugly Awards – We love bad telly!". TV Fugly Awards. Archived from the original on 6 March 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2008.
  14. ^ "Textbook Romance - Penguin Books Australia". Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  15. ^ "Hamish acts up with his mates". www.heraldsun.com.au. 10 December 2010.
  16. ^ "Hamish takes a Kiwi flight with Bret". www.heraldsun.com.au. 9 December 2010.
  17. ^ AU, POPSUGAR Celebrity. "Hamish Watch: He's Turned Actor and Heading to the Movies!".
  18. ^ "Nine 2019 Upfront: Lego Masters Provides Point of Difference to Nine's Other Consistent Reality Formats". 16 April 2019. Archived from the original on 16 April 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2023.
  19. ^ "Upfronts 2019: Nine: SeaChange, Australian Open, Lego Masters, Bad Mothers. | TV Tonight". tvtonight.com.au. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2023.
  20. ^ "LEGO Masters confirmed for Nine | TV Tonight". tvtonight.com.au. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2023.
  21. ^ "Get ready for a LEGO Masters Christmas special featuring some familiar faces". 9now.nine.com.au. Retrieved 4 August 2023.
  22. ^ "Lego Masters Australia: Bricksmas Specials | TV Tonight". tvtonight.com.au. 15 November 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2023.
  23. ^ "First look at LEGO Masters Bricksmas specials". 9now.nine.com.au. Retrieved 4 August 2023.
  24. ^ a b "How Other Dads Dad with Hamish Blake". How Other Dads Dad with Hamish Blake. Retrieved 31 January 2023.
  25. ^ "What is How Other Dads Dad?! - How Other Dads Dad with Hamish Blake". omny.fm. Retrieved 31 January 2023.
  26. ^ "Hamish & Zoë Foster-Blake are determined to make many memories with their kids". New Idea. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  27. ^ Mediaweek (27 April 2022). "Hamish and Andy's Remembering Project returns for third season". Mediaweek. Retrieved 8 October 2023.
  28. ^ Theme, Base (8 April 2022). "Hamish & Andy Podcasts". hamishandandy.com. Retrieved 8 October 2023.
  29. ^ "How Other Dads Dad with Hamish Blake". How Other Dads Dad with Hamish Blake. Retrieved 8 October 2023.
  30. ^ "Si-Flex Physique Club Inc. Home of the Natural Physique Association". www.siflexphysique.com. Archived from the original on 17 October 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  31. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Hamish Blake, Unlikely Bodybuilding Champion (2011) | Hamish & Andy". YouTube.
  32. ^ "Medal of the Order of Australia entry for Mr Hamish Donald Blake". Australian Honours Database. Canberra, Australia: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 10 June 2024. Retrieved 10 June 2024.
  33. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Logies 2012 | Hamish Blake wins Gold Logie". YouTube.

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