True Story with Hamish & Andy reflects the reassuring myths we need right now

Beloved comedians Hamish Blake and Andy Lee host a warm-hearted show about everyday people, supported by great comic actors. What’s not to like?

There’s something satisfying simple about True Story with Hamish & Andy, not least because it does exactly what is says on the box.

There’s nothing flash about the premise. A person sits down and tells a favourite personal anecdote – which, inevitably, is about something going embarrassingly wrong – with filmed inserts dramatising the story being told, and … well, that’s it. That’s literally the entire show.

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2016 Australian culture quiz: from Triple J to the Archibalds and reality TV

Think of yourself as an arts lover? Just how much can you remember from the year that was?

• New quiz: how closely were you paying attention?

• Australian Politics quiz: there was an election, but what else?

A group of protesters stormed an awards ceremony this year. What were they dressed as, and what were they protesting?

Steaks, protesting the live cattle exports industry in Australia

Sausages, protesting the male domination of the Australian film industry

Milk bottles, protesting the nanny state and Sydney’s lockout laws

Schmackos, protesting greyhound racing in Australia

Which Australian artist won the most Arias in 2016?


Courtney Barnett

Keith Urban


After delivering a deeply odd apology to the Australian government for smuggling two dogs into the country, Johnny Depp appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and described Barnaby Joyce as:

A red-faced potato man

An overgrown baby

Inbred with a tomato

One child standing on
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Logies 2014: all the action from Australian TV's awards ceremony  as it happened

It's the biggest night in Australian TV, with reality shows, comedy and heavyweight drama all vying for the big prizes. Join us as we find out who's sweeping the board and who's going home empty-handed

11.28pm Aest

It's ended! Twitter can now go to rest, knowing that it did its job: howling in 140-character chunks at no one in particular about a thing we could all just be watching in silence.

Thanks for sharing and commenting below if you did. It kept Alex and myself from tearing our fingernails out.

11.22pm Aest

The credits are there. This is definitely, somehow ending. And yet they're still broadcasting. Do I have to blog this bit? Do I have to live blog the hedonism of the television industry as I sit here with my left leg that's now got moss growing on the inside?

11.20pm Aest

It's official. Scott Cam's got the biggest deck in Australia.
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10 Best Boxing Fighters In The World Today (Pound For Pound)

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There are seventeen weight classes in professional boxing, from minimumweight all the way up to heavyweight, but who are the best fighters ‘pound for pound’ in the world today? I count down the top ten.

There are many factors to consider when compiling such a list; the fighter’s record with more weight to more recent bouts, the calibre of their opponents and the nature of their performances. Wins aren’t the be all and end all either, a close loss or draw against one of the world’s best can stand a fighter in higher esteem than a fighter who accumulates wins over lesser opposition.

Before we get stuck into the top ten, here are a few fighters that are ‘on the cusp’ but didn’t quite make the cut for the final list:

Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) – The two weight world champion
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Hamish and Andy go daily on Today Network

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Hamish Blake and Andy Lee will have a daily show again next year.

The Today Network presenters will be hosting a new one-hour morning show from Tuesday to Friday, from 9-10am. They will also be moving their Friday drivetime show to Mondays.

It is likely the daily show will feature pre-recorded links taped just before or after theMonday night show. A spokesman for Southern Cross Austereo told Mumbrella that the logistics for this were still being finalised.

Fifi Box and Jules Lund will now cover the drive slot from Tuesday to Friday instead of Monday to Thursday.

The move comes two years after the duo quit the daily drivetime slot.

The duo announced the news on air, saying: “After two years of Fridays, we are honoured to accept the promotion to Mondays. Hopefully, with a good performance, we can graduate to Tuesdays by the year 2034 with
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Ed Kavalee seeks distributor for new film Border Protection Squad

Comedian and film-maker Ed Kavalee is seeking a theatrical distributor for his second feature film Border Protection Squad, which takes aim at shows like Seven’s Border Security and the characters behind it.

Kavalee wrote and directed Border Protection Squad with producing duties shared between himself and Christian Clarke, who produced Scumbus, Nick Thompson and Rachel Millar.

Kavalee told Mumbrella’s sister title Encore: “The idea is what would happen if the guys who ran Border Security were more interested in the ratings than what actually came in and out of Australia.”

Last week Encore revealed that Kavalee’s first film Scumbus would be broadcast on Network Ten.

Kavalee said he hoped to talk to distributors about the opportunities of using Twitter to promote Border Protection Squad via his cast’s own followers. He said: “My question is going to be, ‘what’s the best way to get the most
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Clems wins agency of the year at Madc Awards

Clemenger Bbdo Melbourne was named agency of the year at the Melbourne Advertising & Design Club Awards tonight.

The agency won top honours for the second year running. However, rival Gpy&R Melbourne – which won more lions at Cannes this year than any Australian agency – did not enter for the second consecutive year. Last year, Patts Ecd Ben Coulson cited cost reasons for not supporting the event, which is Melbourne’s top awards show.

The awards list in full:

The Adstream Award for Agency of the Year


Clemenger Bbdo Melbourne

The Madc Award for Best in Show


Guilt Trips V/Line Agency McCann

The Madc Award for Lifetime Achievement


Scott Whybin, Whybin Tbwa

The Blackley Award for Creative Leader of the Year


Jason Williams, Leo Burnett

The Madc Award for Client of the Year


Carlton United Brewers

The Exit Films Award for Best Junior


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Hamish & Andy’s European adventure rates for Nine

Radio duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee beat the curse of the absentee Thursday night TV audiences with a strong debut for Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year.

The show averaged a metro audience of 1.413m viewers, top for the night according to preliminary overnight ratings from OzTam.

Next was Seven News with 1.352m, followed by Nine’s The Block with 1.319m.

Ten’s Masterchef was sixth for the night with 1.058m.

In the key advertising demographics of 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54, Hamish & Andy were top, followed by The Block and then Masterchef.

In the breakfast battle, Seven’s Sunrise won with 370,000 to 324,000 for Nine’s Today and 31,000 for Ten’s Breakfast.

Thursday’s top shows:

Hamish and Andy’s Euro Gap Year Nine 1.413 Seven News Seven 1.352 The Block Nine 1.319 Today Tonight Seven 1.148 Nine News Nine 1.127 Masterchef Ten 1.058 A Current Affair Nine 1.037 ABC News ABC 0.899 Modern Family Ten 0.767 Ten News
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Ut Allows Chavez Jr. vs. Lee Bout At Sun Bowl

El Paso, Texas -- The University of Texas System chancellor announced Friday he will allow a high-profile boxing match to be held on the school's El Paso campus if law enforcement can ensure a safe environment, reversing a 3-day-old ban that had upset city leaders.

Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa had canceled the June 16 fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andy Lee at the Sun Bowl, citing a "higher than normal" security risk. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Friday that a federal risk assessment had warned that leaders of warring Mexican drug cartels would attend.

Diana Natalicio , the president of the University of Texas at El Paso, said Cigarroa told her one reason he cancelled the fight was a tie between Chavez Jr. and Sinaloa drug cartel boss Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman mentioned in a federal security report.

Local media have reported Chavez Jr. is in a relationship with the Guzman's son's widow.
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Hamish Blake takes out the gold logie but ABC dominates

Loving the underdog is what Aussies are all about, and this was proved again last night at the 54th Annual Logies Awards Ceremony held at Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

Despite Carrie Bickmore of Channel 10.s highly successful The Project being the favourite to take out the major gong, the Gold Logie for most popular personality on TV went instead to comedian Hamish Blake of Hamish and Andy.s Gap Year.

In a minor controversy leading up to this unexpected win, while testing its new IPad application the Herald Sun experienced a technical glitch, leading to the publishing of a link to an embargoed press release containing Logies winners an hour prior to the Gold Logie being officially announced during Channel Nine.s coverage.

The link was killed immediately, but not before Google picked it up. In the split second it was available, lucky net-trawlers picked it up and leaked it onto Facebook and Twitter,
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Sandilands labelled a misogynist during Hamish & Andy show

Sandilands: Labelled a misogynist by Pickering

Radio presenter Kyle Sandilands has been labelled a misogynist in an attack broadcast on his own network. The swipe at Sandilands was aired on the Today Network’s national Hamish & Andy drivetime show during a pre-Logies special.

After pointing out that Australia’s Got Talent was up for a Logie TV award, Ten’s Charlie Pickering was challenged by hosts Hamish Blake and Andy Lee to demonstrate an impression of Sandilands, who is a judge on Agt.

Pickering began his mock Sandilands acceptance speech saying: “Mate, I hated it. Mate, Australia doesn’t have talent.”

After pausing, he drew laughs from Blake and Lee when he told them: “Sorry, every word coming into my head is literally too misogynistic to say on the radio.”

Returning to the Sandilands impression Pickering went on: “Governor General: Don’t like you, you’re a woman… anyone noticed
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Hamish Blake, Andy Lee to host Olympics TV show

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee are reportedly going to host an Olympics-related TV show. The Australian comedy duo, who last year relocated to New York for their Gap Year show, will front an Olympics build-up show based in a London pub. Nine Network managing director Jeff Browne told The Daily Telegraph: "I'm not giving too much away, but they will base themselves at some little pub in London and bring us a whole lot of stories on the way to the games." Browne did not reveal whether Blake and Lee's programme will come in the form of a series or just a few specials. (more)
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Megan Gale: 'Giving up alcohol feels fantastic'

Megan Gale: 'Giving up alcohol feels fantastic'
Megan Gale has said that she has given up alcohol. The 36-year-old Australian supermodel, who walked the runway at department store David Jones' autumn racing carnival fashion launch earlier this week, said that she now enjoys a "healthy" lifestyle. Gale told The Daily Telegraph: "I haven't had a drink since New Year - it feels fantastic. I've just been generally healthy too. I cook a lot. And I just bought a road bike... so I've been cycling all around the place." Soon after splitting from comedian Andy Lee last year, Gale dropped a dress size due to a new health regime. She said: "I (more)
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Hamish Blake, Andy Lee to film next 'Gap Year' in Europe

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee have revealed that they want to film a show in Europe. The Australian comedy duo, who relocated to New York last year for their Gap Year show, said that they would like to film the next series while doing a road trip across Europe. Lee told the Herald Sun that he hoped it would be a journey similar to their 'Caravan of Courage' tour across the Us, but he also revealed that Blake wanted to cross the continent in a Ferrari. "Somehow, I don't think that will happen but we can only ask," he joked. The pair are scheduled to leave for their overseas trip in May. The new show will air on the Nine Network in the build-up to this summer's Olympics, allowing Blake and Lee to broadcast one of their radio shows live from the Games in London. Blake and Lee (more)
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I'm very married to my career, says Australian broadcaster Fifi Box

Fifi Box has revealed that she is "married" to her career. The Australian TV and radio presenter, who has roles on Fox FM and morning show Sunrise, said that she is concentrating on fun rather than romance this year because she is so busy with work. Box told the Herald Sun: "I've started the year with no resolutions. Absolutely nothing on the agenda other than have fun, do what I'm doing and enjoy every day. "I am at the stage where I am very married to my career and [have] got far too much on my plate to get caught up in a relationship. But I date and, yeah, I've met some nice guys." Last year, Box took over Hamish Blake and Andy Lee's (more)
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Hamish Blake announces engagement to girlfriend Zoe Foster

Hamish Blake has announced his engagement to long-term girlfriend Zoe Foster. Radio and TV personality Blake, who has been dating the beauty writer and author for about 18 months, revealed the news on the official Hamish and Andy Facebook and Twitter pages yesterday (January 3). ‎"Highlight of 2011? Proposing to Zoe! Couldn't be happier. She loved the rock. And said yes by the way," Blake wrote, posting a picture of his fiancée's hand with a large rock on top of her ring finger. Blake's comedy partner Andy Lee (more)
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Sonia Kruger to host revamped Australian Big Brother?

Sonia Kruger to host revamped Australian Big Brother?
Sonia Kruger has been confirmed as the host of a revamped Australian version of Big Brother, according to reports. The television personality, who currently presents Dancing with the Stars alongside Daniel MacPherson, is believed to have defected from the Seven Network to the rival Nine Network in order to front the revamped version of the fly-on-the-wall reality show when it returns next year. According to the Herald Sun, Kruger beat off competition from comedy duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee, who recently returned to the country following a stint working in the Us. The Australian version of Big Brother was hosted by Gretel Killeen from 2001 until 2007, but radio partners Kyle (more)
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Hamish Blake, Andy Lee: 'We have no career plans'

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee have revealed that they do not plan ahead when it comes to their career. The Australian comedy duo, who recently returned home early from a planned year in the Us due to being "homesick", said that they are in no hurry to book themselves up for work throughout 2012. Blake told the Herald Sun: "We're very comfortable with [our] radio show and we'll still do one day a week next year. We don't think a day in advance let alone a month." The pair were spotted in the Emirates marquee at the Melbourne Cup earlier today. Blake brought along his writer girlfriend Zoe Foster, while Lee came alone. "I'm (more)
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"Homesick" Hamish Blake and Andy Lee to return to Australia from Us

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee have revealed that they are moving back home to Australia. The Aussie comedy duo - who relocated to New York in May to host their new TV show Hamish and Andy's Gap Year - were supposed to remain in the Us for a year but said that they felt "homesick". Lee told the Herald Sun: "It doesn't feel like long enough, but that is the thing when Aussies go across the world, we get homesick within a couple of weeks. I can really say Melbourne is the place to live." Despite the fact that the pair will fly back to Australia in the next few weeks, Lee hit back at rumours that they will be returning to their weekday drivetime radio show slot, saying: "That is absolute hogswallop - I think that word was passed down from my grandfather. I have no idea where that one came from.
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Hamish Blake, Andy Lee defend new 'Gap Year' TV show

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee have defended their latest TV series. The Australian comedy duo, who have relocated to the Us to host Hamish and Andy's Gap Year, said that they don't care about the harsh criticism their show has been given because they are just having "fun". Blake told the Herald Sun: "I'm sure critics would love to think it really cuts deep and hurts you, but at the end of the day we are two best friends having a holiday and putting together a really fun show.

"We do take the fact we're lucky enough to be given a TV show seriously, but it comes down to trusting your instincts. Sometimes that lines up with critics, sometimes it doesn't. We put ourselves out there, it's all part of the game, you have to accept that. It's a lot easier and fun to bag something on Twitter than say
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