YARNS WORTH TELLING
Extraordinary tales from everyday Aussies come to life in a new series hosted by comedy duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee
Hamish Blake and Andy Lee have graduated from pranksters and road trippers to storytellers in their new series. True Story with Hamish & Andy marks the comedy duo’s return to our screens after a three-year absence, and it’s a change in direction from their popular Gap Year travel series.
“On Gap Year we’d just rock up in a little town in the Amazon and go ‘I hope something happens’,” Lee says.
“True Story represents an idea we’d been pondering for a long time. Even though Gap Year was heaps of fun we were running out of continents … and this is a lot safer on our bodies (laughs).”
In True Story, Hamish and Andy sit down with everyday Aussies who have funny, strange and awe-inspiring stories to tell.
The hosts were kept in the dark so their reactions could be captured for the first time on camera.
“There were days where we were like ‘We just need to know’,” Hamish says.
“I’m so glad we didn’t know (beforehand) because we get to have that moment of the story dawning (on us) on camera.”
The tales were then recreated with scripts written by Blake and Lee and drawing on the talents of wellknown Australian actors including Craig McLachlan and John Woods.
“These worlds are being brought to life by funnier and better actors than us, which I think is a blessing for all of Australia,” Andy laughs.
“The idea for the reenactments stems from watching true crime and disaster shows.
“We thought there’s true crime, why can’t we do true comedy? But those shows tend to have very poor reenactments, so we drew a line there and said we want ours to be really cinematic.
“We want to do these everyday Aussies who’ve come forward to us proud by making their recreations beautiful.”
The stories that form the basis of the episodes were chosen from thousands of entries.
“When you take out the ones that involved drug use and things you can’t show (in a family timeslot) that took out about 500,” Hamish laughs.
“What struck us was people often don’t have a great read on their own story.
“The guy from episode two goes ‘I’ve got this story and people say it’s funny’ but in his mind it was a 40-second story.
“Once our producer Ryan (Shelton, who also stars in one of the episodes) got chatting to him he realised there’s a lot more to the story.
“It’s hard for people to see their own brilliance sometimes.” True Story with Hamish & Andy, Mondays 7.30pm, Channel 9
True Story with Hamish & Andy marks the Aussie comedy duo’s return to our screens after a three-year absence.