Stunt light on laughs

A land­mine stunt was se­ri­ous stuff for Andy Lee and Hamish Blake, writes

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cleared yet so we de­cided not to play any ball games.’’

While the land­mine stunt was deadly se­ri­ous, the rest of the trip through Asia plays for the laughs fans ex­pect.

One prank in­cluded com­plet­ing 250 laps of a round­about in Viet­nam on 49cc mo­tor­bikes.

‘‘We had pit crews each and it went for about four hours,’’ Lee chuck­les.

‘‘It will ap­pear the sil­li­est thing we’ve done but it was the most gru­elling be­cause it was 36C and we are wear­ing leathers.’’

Other stunts by the duo in­clude mak­ing a 5m home­made sky rocket for a rain god fes­ti­val, then there’s the visit to a Thai vil­lage where there are more

Hamish and Andy’s Asian Gap Year snakes than peo­ple. ‘‘The land­mines are not that hi­lar­i­ous, but when we went for in­stance to visit a place that has mon­keys as wait­ers, that was fun­nier,’’ Lee says.

Dur­ing the se­ries the pair use Bangkok as their base.

It was where they con­verted a lo­cal bar into a TV stu­dio to ac­com­mo­date ex-pats and lo­cals to watch the show.

While the duo have al­ready done Gap Year shows in Europe and the US, Lee ex­pects there will be an­other one in 2014 be­cause ‘‘there are still plenty of places to ex­plore’’.

Hamish and Andy’s Asian Gap Year: Mon­days, 8pm, Nine, NBN.

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee mak­ing

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