Hamish and Andy's Gap Year

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Hamish & Andy's Gap Year
Presented by Hamish Blake
Andy Lee
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 29
Production
Running time Approximately 60 minutes (inc. commercials)
Release
Original network Nine Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 28 July 2011 (2011-07-28) – 5 August 2014
Chronology
Followed by Hamish and Andy's Euro Gap Year
External links
Website www.hamishandandy.com/gap-year-tv/

Hamish & Andy's Gap Year is a Logie Award winning comedy series following Hamish Blake and Andy Lee, a pair of Australian comedians, on their trips to various international locations. The first season saw the boys visiting America for ten episodes and broadcast their show weekly from New York City. In its second season in 2012, the show was titled "Hamish & Andy's Euro Gap Year" and seven episodes were broadcast from The Lord Stanley,[1][2][3][4][5] a disused pub[6][7] in East London, England.[8] The third season known as "Hamish and Andy's Gap Year Asia" in 2013 was broadcast from a bar in Bangkok, Thailand, called 'The Raintree'.[9]

The concept for the show was created when the Nine Network hired comedians Hamish Blake and Andy Lee for two series in two years. They came across the idea of "Gap Year" when they realised they never took a gap year after high school, so they would film their many adventures overseas as it was 'ironic' that they had just received a contract for TV.

The show featured the American band Moon Hooch in 2011.

Segments[edit]

A number of regular segments appear throughout the series:

  • Safari: Hamish and Andy visit various interesting locations and meet interesting people. For these adventures, the boys dress in purpose-built safari costumes.
  • Hamish versus Andy: This involves various competitions between Hamish and Andy. The segment also features Ryan Shelton as a correspondent.
  • Ultimate Wingman: Hamish struggles to find Andy (single) a girlfriend, by acting as his wingman (much to the annoyance of Andy).
  • Cultural Eating: Introduced in season 2, the segment involves one of the boys will offer the other an unusual local delicacy.
  • Interviews (Season 1 only): Hamish and Andy interviewed various celebrities, either in the studio or in hotel rooms.
  • R2-To-Do (Season 1 only): This robot featured on the show provides a list of goals for Hamish and Andy to achieve on their journey.
  • 100-second New York lesson (Season 1 only): Taken by Ryan Shelton where he would take the viewers on various tours of different culture and places in New York, each timed to 100 seconds. Hamish and Andy would make cameo appearances in each of the segments.

Ratings[edit]

Season # of Episodes Season
Premiere
Season
Final
Peak
Audience
Average
Audience
One 10 28 July 2011 29 September 2011 1,456,000 960,000
Two 7 14 June 2012 26 July 2012 1,413,000 1,248,000
Three 6 8 July 2013 19 August 2013 1,566,000 1,371,000
Four 6 1 July 2014 5 August 2014 1,047,000 1,000,000

Seasons[edit]

To date, four seasons of Hamish & Andy's Gap Year have aired.

Season Season Title Episodes Base Location Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale
1 Hamish & Andy's Gap Year 10 Brooklyn, New York City, USA 28 July 2011 (2011-07-28) 29 September 2011 (2011-09-29) 17 November 2011 (2011-11-17)
2 Hamish & Andy's Euro Gap Year 7 London, England 14 June 2012 (2012-06-14) 26 July 2012 (2012-07-26) 23 August 2012 (2012-08-23)
3 Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia 6 Bangkok, Thailand 8 July 2013 (2013-07-08) 19 August 2013 (2013-08-19) 28 August 2013 (2013-08-28)
4 Hamish & Andy's Gap Year South America 6 Buenos Aires, Argentina 1 July 2014 5 August 2014 (2014-08-05) 6 August 2014 (2014-08-06)

Hamish & Andy's Gap Year (2011)[edit]

Episode No. Title Original Australian air date Australian Viewers
(millions)
1 "Episode One" 28 July 2011 (2011-07-28) 1.456[10]

Safari: Catfish Noodling competition in Oklahoma and sleeping in public in NYC.
R2-To-Do: Introduction of to-do list.

Interviews: Taylor Swift and Neil Patrick Harris in studio.
2 "Episode 2" 4 August 2011 (2011-08-04) 1.069[11]

Safari: Roller Derby in Arizona.
Ultimate Wingman: Hamish attempts to paint Andy in a positive light for female passers-by.
R2-To-Do: Attempt to acquire an NYPD three-wheeled "tough-mobile", and remind Hillary Clinton that she owes them a BBQ.
Interviews: James Franco in his hotel room.

100-Second New York Lessond: Food
3 "Episode 3" 11 August 2011 (2011-08-11) 1.057[12]

Safari: LARPing (live action role playing) in Washington and Street Golfing in NYC.
R2-To-Do: Hamish acquires an NYPD three-wheeled tough mobile and jumps over the sacred Andy bobblehead with the vehicle in the factory basement.
Ultimate Baby Wingman: Hamish pretends to be Andy's baby son in a stroller to attract compassionate females.

100-Second New York Lessond: Nightlife.
4 "Episode 4" 18 August 2011 (2011-08-18) 0.993[13]

Safari: A 5-star dog hotel in Florida, and "New York Dreams", where Hamish & Andy fulfill dreams that have been sent in by viewers.
R2-To-Do: The boys visit Hillary Clinton's hometown to remind her of the BBQ with an aeroplane and large banner. Cackling Jack protects the NYPD tough-mobile against two "thugs" sent by Hamish. Andy enters Hamish into the New York State Bodybuilding Championships.

100-Second New York Lessond: Broadway
5 "Episode 5" 25 August 2011 (2011-08-25) 0.895[14]

R2-To-Do: Hamish wins the Heavyweight division of the New York State Bodybuilding Championships.
Hamish vs Andy: The boys compete in "Bin Racing" in Central Park. They must hide inside wheelie bins and wheel 60m without being seen moving by the public.
Safari: A Lowriders' Club gathering in El Paso, Texas.
Ultimate Gameshow Wingman: Hamish constructs a fake Australian dating show to lure in prospective dates for Andy.

100-Second New York Lessond: Secrets
6 "Episode 6" 1 September 2011 (2011-09-01) 0.847[15]

Safari: A Wild West re-enactment for French tourists in California.
R2-To-Do: "Operation Sausage Waft 2011" attempts to waft the smell of a BBQ in the direction of Hillary Clinton's residence.
Interviews: Sarah Jessica Parker in her hotel room.
Hamish vs Andy: "Mates Racing", where they have to invite the most number of strangers to lunch.

100-Second New York Lessond: Yellow Things.
7 "Episode 7" 8 September 2011 (2011-09-08) 0.733[16]

Safari: Demolition Derby in Washington and the Asylum Film Studio (a studio that rips off blockbuster films) in NYC.
Hamish vs Andy: "Stranger Racing", where balloons are attached to strangers and, unbeknownst to them, they are racing to cross the road.
R2-To-Do: Hamish visits the Magic Castle in Los Angeles and books an audition to become a member.
Interviews: Susan Sarandon visits the plastics factory and competes against Hamish in a trivia contest.

100-Second New York Lessond: Street Gangs.
8 "Episode 8" 15 September 2011 (2011-09-15) 0.822[17]

Safari: Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and a meeting with private investigator Jay J. Armes in El Paso, Texas.
R2-To-Do: The boys visit Kim Beazley at the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C. to get him to pass on a BBQ message to Hillary Clinton. Hamish practices his magic tricks in NYC.
Ultimate Magic Wingman: Hamish uses magic tricks to impress girls and introduce them to Andy.

100-Second New York Lessond: Shopping.
9 "Episode 9" 22 September 2011 (2011-09-22) 0.850[18]
10 "Episode 10" 29 September 2011 (2011-09-29) 0.883[19]

Hamish & Andy's Euro Gap Year (2012)[edit]

Euro Gap Year title card

The shows were broadcast from the fictional Lord Stanley pub in East London (Sandringham Road, Dalston E8).[20]

Episode No. Title Episode Summary Hamish vs Andy Original Australian air date Australian Viewers
(millions)
Ranking on Night
1 Episode One Hamish and Andy travel to Mostar, Bosnia, to jump off the 21 metre tall Old Bridge. They also buy a rabbit which they name "Lenny Rabbitz", and compete in "Rabbit Jumping", a self- explanatory sport from Sweden. Translation Racing: Players must ask random people on the streets of Rome questions (in Italian), fed to them through an earpiece. Most understood phrases wins. 14 June 2012 (2012-06-14) 1.413[21] #1
2 Episode Two The boys travel to Lapland (northern Scandiavia), to compete in reindeer racing. They also head out in London to be paparazzi for a day with a professional paparazzi called Jack. Later they crack open their homebrewed beer, Gap Byear, too early, and the beer hadn't even begun to ferment, due to "the freezing cold London summer" as Hamish puts it. Hitchhike Racing: Players must hitch-hike as far as they can across Europe in 24 hours, starting in Frankfurt, Germany. They cannot pay or bribe potential lift-givers, though they can each send one "Hinder" to their opponent, to lower their chance of hitch-hiking. 21 June 2012 (2012-06-21) 1.365[22] #2
3 Episode Three Hamish and Andy go to Venice, where they pilot Gondolas for a day, Hamish also reveals he his one eighth Italian, and acts as if Venice is his hometown, despite occasionally speaking Spanish to their Gondolier instructor. They head to the Netherlands to see which one is the better buttler, by going to the International Butler Academy. Kiss Racing: Each player has one hour to get as many points for kissing random people on Parisian streets. One point is awarded for each kiss, and another point for each second the kiss is held. 28 June 2012 (2012-06-28) 1.411[23] #2
4 Episode Four The boys go to Bavaria to compete in "Finger Pulling", a sport in which string is tied to each player's middle finger and they try to pull the other player's hand over a center line. Hamish pulls the short straw and must compete, and is unnerved after meeting a man who lost his finger in a game of finger pulling. In Russia, they go to a fighter pilot training centre and where they are taught how to eject, and not to f****ng touch anything once inside the plane, but before that they must go to a preparation sauna with other trainees. Ultimate Wingman returns, and they spend a day fulfilling other people's London dreams which are sent in and drawn from a pillowcase. None 5 July 2012 (2012-07-05) 1.183[24] #4
5 Episode Five Hamish and Andy go to Catalonia to be part of Los Torres Humanas, but Hamish finds out there is a snail festival happening at the same time and joins that instead and he competes in a biscuit eating contest, which he wins, and spends most of the day drinking. In Paris they go into the catacombs where Andy tries to leave Hamish behind. They also try to ride a stage of the Tour de France with Australian cyclist Cadel Evans, but he was "too busy", so instead they decide to go from Gibraltar to Morocco on an aqua trike. Life size "Guess Who?": The same as regular Guess Who?, but with 12 sets of twins. 12 July 2012 (2012-07-12) 1.090[25] #5
6 Episode Six In Germany, they compete in "Bus Pulling" where teams of men pull a roadcoach over 30 metres, with some teams managing to do it in around 20 seconds. In Sicily, they try to sell more fish than each other in an hour. The boys head to France, where Hamish has the goal of buying a rollersuit, but after a disastrous trial run, Andy forbids Hamish from buying one. They also go to Gibraltar and set off on their aqua bike to Morocco, fueled by a Red Bull rip-off made by Hamish the night before, which was water with "every performance-enhancing vitamin in the store", Hamish also keeps a "captain's log" during the voyage. Shop Hiding: Players must go into a shop and ask for something from the storeroom of the shop, and while the employee is getting the item, the player must hide somewhere in the shop. The player who hides for the longest wins. 19 July 2012 (2012-07-19) 1.156[26] #3
7 Episode Seven: Pre Opening Ceremony Ceremony Australian Olympic athletes are the audience in the Lord Stanley for the filming of the episode. The boys go to Russia and act in Russian "cat theatre", a circus-type event involving cats. During the episode's filming, a torch, which was a model galah lit on fire (a flaming galah), was run from a Walkabout pub in London to light the Lord Stanley's fireplace. They head to Prague for some synchronized swimming, and run "vigorous psychological tests" on Australia's best Olympians. None 26 July 2012 (2012-07-26) 1.118[27] #3

Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia (2013)[edit]

The shows were broadcast from a bar in Bangkok, Thailand, called 'The Raintree'.[28]

Episode No. Original Australian air date Timeslot Australian Viewers
(millions)
Nightly Rank Consolidated Viewers
(millions)
Adjusted Rank
1 Episode One 8 July 2013 (2013-07-08) Monday 8 pm 1.566[29] #1 1.726[30] #1
2 Episode Two 15 July 2013 (2013-07-15) 1.490[31] #1 1.644[32] #1
3 Episode Three  ()22 July 2013 1.455[33] #1 1.548[34] #1
4 Episode Four  ()5 August 2013 Monday 7 pm 1.191[35] #4 1.301[36] #4
5 Episode Five  ()12 August 2013 1.228[37] #4 1.360[38] #2
6 Episode Six  ()19 August 2013 1.299[39] #3 1.407[40] #2

Hamish & Andy's Gap Year South America (2014)[edit]

The shows were broadcast from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They also decided to include all of Latin America, rather than just South America, so they could go to Mexico and Central America.

Episode No. Episode Name Episode Summary Hamish vs Andy Original Australian air date Timeslot Australian Viewers
(millions)
Ranking on night
1 Episode One Hamish and Andy begin in Mexico and go to a town in which they partake in wearing paper-mache bull hats, which are loaded with fireworks. They go to Nicaragua and decide to fulfill two dreams: Climbing an active volcano, and cooking a lasagna on an active volcano. Hamish convinces Andy to see a Shaman to fix his sore shoulder, and in Cultural Eating, Andy gets Hamish to eat teredo worms. Stranger Soccer/Football: Players are given a small soccer ball/football, and must drop the ball onto a stranger's foot or shin before the target person crosses a line about 20–30 metres from a mini goal, if a goal is "kicked" after the target crosses the line, the ball is deemed offside and is not a goal. People walking by the goal can defend or save the ball with no consequence, but they cannot help the ball along once it has been kicked. 1 July 2014 (2014-07-01) 7:30pm Tuesday 0.983[41] #7
2 Episode Two The boys once again begin in Mexico with a simulation border crossing. Neither of them 'make it'. Then they travel to Colombia to meet some tribesmen who specialize in blow darting, resulting in a game of (blow) darts, which Hamish and his partner win 24-22. By losing, Andy had to dress up in a monkey suit whilst villagers blew darts at him. Finally, in Cultural Eating, Andy had to eat an eye from a Bolivian "specialty" dish, called 'roast face'. Brazilian Wax Racing: Players must get strangers to wax their skin as many times as possible within 1 hour. After 45 minutes players are allowed to have their 'nether-regions' waxed, with backsides worth 2 points and the front 3. 8 July 2014 (2014-07-08) 7:30pm Tuesday 0.967[42] #6
3 Episode Three 15 July 2014 (2014-07-15) 7:30pm Tuesday 1.014[43] #6
4 Episode Four 22 July 2014 (2014-07-22) 7:30pm Tuesday 1.047[44] #6
5 Episode Five Monkey Run: Players have 100 bananas strapped to them, and must shuffle across an obstacle course with their feet chained together and try to have less monkeys take away bananas than the other player. There is a banana attached to the player's groin which is a 30-point penalty of it is taken. The Player with the most bananas left is the winner. 29 July 2014 (2014-07-29) 8:40pm Tuesday 0.987[45] #9
6 Episode Six Photo Stalling: Players must offer to take a photo for a group of tourists in Rio, Brazil, but then stall as long as they can before taking the picture. If anybody in the group moves from their pose, the player loses. The second round challenged players to get the tourists to stand in as many different poses as possible before the tourists ask for their camera back. 5 August 2014 (2014-08-05) 8:40pm Tuesday 1.000[46] #8

Awards and nominations[edit]

Hamish & Andy have won 5 Logie Awards from 16 nominations for their work on Hamish & Andy's Gap Year.

Year Nominee Award Result
2012 Hamish Blake Most Popular Presenter Nominated
Gold Logie: Most Popular Personality on Australian TV Won
Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Most Popular Light Entertainment Program Won
2013 Hamish Blake Most Popular Presenter Won
Gold Logie: Most Popular Personality on Australian TV Nominated
Andy Lee Most Popular Presenter Nominated
Gold Logie: Most Popular Personality on Australian TV Nominated
Hamish & Andy's Euro Gap Year Most Popular Light Entertainment Program Nominated
2014
Andy Lee Most Popular Presenter Nominated
Gold Logie: Most Popular Personality on Australian TV Nominated
Hamish Blake Most Popular Presenter Nominated
Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia Most Popular Light Entertainment Program Won
2015[47] Hamish Blake Gold Logie: Most Popular Personality on Australian TV Nominated
Andy Lee Nominated
Most Popular Presenter Nominated
Hamish & Andy's Gap Year South America Most Popular Entertainment Program Won

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