Review: Hamish and Andy

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Hamish and Andy is an afternoon radio comedy duo heard on the Australian Austereo network. After meeting one another while studying commerce at the University of Melbourne, the two were involved in programs on the Student Youth Network and Channel 31, a public TV station. In 2005, one of the “big 3” commercial networks Channel 7 discovered the pair and worked with them to produce the TV show The Hamish and Andy Show. The TV show was a complete failure, and was cancelled just 2 weeks in, but the exposure was enough to capture the attention of Fox FM. The rest is Australia radio history (also, a Wikipedia entry.

The format of the Hamish and Andy show is much like any other breakfast or afternoon radio programme: general banter, interviews, skits and listener phone-ins. What is somewhat unique with Hamish and Andy is that much of this variety is kept intact with the podcast. Too many radio stations use podcasting as a way to provide a 3 minute teaser in order to get you to tune in to the full show, but the Hamish and Andy podcast, while not complete, contains just as much variety as its radio counterpart.

Unlike other Australian radio shows such as The Shebang, the humor of Hamish and Andy is quite accessible to a worldwide audience. Their humor is not particularly clever or original, but you can’t deny it is entertaining. Still, overseas listeners will be left out in the cold with some of the topical segments and B-grade Australian celebrity interviews form time to time, but I think there is enough here to appeal to most people.

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Ratings for Hamish and Andy
8/10 Entertainment value
Hamish is very quick-witted, Andy not as much, but together they are always energetic and fun. Their phone-ins and general banter are hilarious, but their skits rarely have me cracking a smile.
8.5/10 Quality of content
Many radio-turned-podcasts cut out the good stuff and deliver only interviews, but Hamish and Andy keep a good portion of all in. Listener phone-ins, regular segments and, unfortunately, skits, are kept in the final cut. We’re not talking high-brow content, but sometimes a bit of fun is what you need.
10/10 Production quality
It’s radio, stupid, of course it’s well produced.
8/10 Overall
I think Hamish and Andy’s humor will be universally appealing. There are some topical discussions and interviews that will alienate non-Australian listeners, but there’s enough broad humor to keep most happy.
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5 Comments

  1. susam
    Posted August 2, 2008 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Dear Hamish and Andy. I think u rock.

  2. Matt
    Posted November 15, 2008 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    A bit hot & cold these podcasts, that’s why i download the minicast – you can choose they’re best bits.

  3. Posted February 26, 2009 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I think kids from the age of 17/18 should pay bord but only bout 50 bucks i mean come on if your not going pay that that piss off and find your own place

    • Anonymous
      Posted February 26, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

      What the hell nikk , what does that have to do with hamish & Andy

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