Hamish and Andy are two of the biggest and most successful stars in Australia, but ever since they burst onto the scene some people have felt the need to say that one is funnier than the other.
It’s something that Andy has been aware of for a long time, and he’s now revealed how he really feels about it in the A Life of Greatness podcast hosted by Sarah Grynberg.
“I think he’s funny as well,” Andy said about his longtime co-host. “I also think he’s funnier than me.”
But that doesn’t mean Andy isn’t funny in his own right.
“The difference is saying: Is Hamish the funnier one? I would agree,” Andy said. “(But) is he the only funny one? No.”
Andy added that he’d never really been bothered by people saying Hamish is funnier than he is and said ultimately his main concern was that they’re funny as a duo.
“A laugh for the team, whether it’s a laugh for Hamish or a laugh for me, is a laugh for the team,” Andy said. “It’s all bundled into one for me. It doesn’t worry me at all.”
Together, Hamish and Andy have pulled off some amazing feats during their TV and radio career. They’ve broadcast from a tall ship from Melbourne to Tasmania, made it onto The Graham Norton Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to demonstrate their “Ghosting” sport and even got knighted by U2’s Bono during their farewell radio show.
In the A Life of Greatness podcast, Andy gave a great insight into how the duo have managed to get so many crazy ideas off the ground.
“I don’t like anyone saying, ‘No, we can’t do that’,” Andy told host Sarah Grynberg. “I don’t mind, ‘We can’t do that version of that’, because we’ll go, ‘OK, we’ll think of a new version of that’.
“When someone is giving me a no, I want to explore the exact reasons behind the no. If it turns out it’s one of two things, all we have to do is address those points and then we’re away again. Often people see a hard no and go, ‘OK, they said no, so that’s it’.”
Andy then provided an example from when they were filming their Gap Year TV show in New York and booked Coldplay to appear on an episode.
“We had a challenge for Chris Martin,” he recalled. “We went and bought one of those T-shirt cannons and we were challenging Chris Martin to fire it from outside across the street, fire one through the window of our studio, and if he got it through we would wear the promo T-shirts for Coldplay.”
But the idea was quickly shut down by Martin’s manager who said the singer didn’t want to do it.
“So, I thought, ‘I’ll just ask Chris’,” Andy said. “Hamish and I said, ‘Chris, we heard you don’t want to do it, that’s totally fine, we’re just wondering why?’”
Initially, they thought it was because he wanted another Coldplay band member to have a chance to be the centre of attention, but Martin then revealed the real reason why he wasn’t keen.
“He (Chris Martin) said, ‘No, it’s just that I’ve got really sensitive ears, and when this gun goes off it’s going to make a bang, and I’m worried for my ears because I’ve got to perform’. “We said, ‘Oh right, well, do you mind if we put ear muffs on you?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, but I don’t want to look like a doofus’. So then we said, ‘What if we put a producer next to you wearing ear muffs and someone else in the background wearing ear muffs to make it look like it’s really loud’. He said, ‘That would be great, that would give me a little comfort’.”
The stunt then went ahead.
“That’s a testament to Chris Martin because he could easily tell his minder it’s a flat no … but he was comfortable to have the conversation which shows comfort in his own skin and also a willingness to make things work, which I was thought was amazing and fabulous,” Andy said.
Hamish and Andy are regarded as the most successful drive radio hosts in Australian history, and their TV shows, including Perfect Holiday, which aired last year on Channel 9, have won critical acclaim over the years.
Yet despite their success, the pair remain incredibly grounded and are well known for being as genuine off air as they are on.
“Some people don’t like being bothered, (but) I don’t mind it at all when people come up,” Andy said on the podcast.
“Particularly in this industry, in TV and stuff, there’s a lot of people that yell and scream and feel they’ve got a right to treat people differently because of where they are or because their names on the poster or whatever. We’ve never subscribed to that.
“I’m shocked with the way some people choose to behave because they can get away with it.”
You can listen to Andy Lee’s full interview on A Life Of Greatness at Podcastone.com.au