Gen­uinely funny, all Aussie com­edy

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for the rest of Aus­tralia while the per­son in­volved tells the story in their own words to Hamish and Andy.

And most times, re­mem­ber, we are not laugh­ing with you, we are laugh­ing at you.

While some tales have more spec­tac­u­lar twists or out­ra­geous (but true) plots than oth­ers, the con­sis­tent high qual­ity in di­rec­tion and per­for­mances by the cast have pro­duced one of the high points of the year again for free to air tele­vi­sion.

It’s worth­while to tune in just to see who is in the ever-change­able cast.

Act­ing roy­alty such as Bruce Spence and Essie Davis, com­edy le­gends like Mark Mitchell and Rob Sitch, icons like John Waters and Santo Ci­lauro, even the nar­ra­tion by Rod Mul­li­nar lifts the pro­duc­tion value higher than far more ex­pen­sive and more pre- ten­tious drama series.

There are sur­prises around ev­ery cor­ner and if you are not smil­ing or laugh­ing at the im­prob­a­ble but ob­vi­ously pos­si­ble ex­pe­ri­ences each episode’s hero has en­dured, you are gasp­ing in an­tic­i­pa­tion at what might hap­pen next.

We are told hosts Hamish and Andy, like the au­di­ence, have not heard the sub­ject’s story be­fore film­ing and by their re­ac­tions it’s ob­vi­ously true and not some mar­ket­ing ruse.

That’s prob­a­bly why Hamish and Andy are so pop­u­lar, they are ab­so­lutely gen­uine, funny and shar­ing men who un­der­stand that what we find funny in real life can be trans­lated to the small screen with the right care and re­spect.

BE­LIEVE IT OR NOT: Truth is stranger and of­ten fun­nier than fic­tion on Hamish and Andy’s True Story.

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