John Henry Michael McManus, better known by the stage name Rove McManus, is an Australian triple Gold Logie award-winning comedian and radio presenter and media personality. He was the host of the comedy talk show Rove LA and was the host of the eponymous variety show Rove, he is the co-owner of the production company Roving Enterprises with partner Craig Campbell. McManus was born in Western Australia, to John and Coralie McManus. McManus attended Orana Catholic Primary School before going through grades 8–12 at Corpus Christi College, he acquired the nickname "Rove" from his sister. McManus is a long established exponent of stand-up comedy, touring nationally and appearing internationally at major events such as the 2010 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and as the host of the 2013 International Comedy Gala. In 2005 and 2008 McManus undertook live stand-up comedy shows, touring Australian capital cities as well as Wellington and Auckland in New Zealand. During the tour he returned to Melbourne each Tuesday to film Rove Live.
McManus has appeared on Good Morning Australia, John Safran vs God, Pulp Sport, The Project, Studio 10 and Hughesy, We Have a Problem. McManus's first recorded television appearance was as a child, when he appeared in the ABC television series, Kaboodle as'Marty', in an episode called "Marty Makes A Move". In 1997 McManus began hosting The Loft Live, produced by RMIT University's Student television station RMITV, on the community television station, Channel 31, where according to Rove he was given a budget of $50 per week, it was there where he met Peter Helliar. Rove worked for Foxtel as a roving reporter on a show called In Fashion, hosted by Hugh Jackman, he took an offer from the Nine Network for ten late night episodes of his own variety show. In 2000, McManus was offered the opportunity to produce a new version of the Rove show for Network Ten; the resulting Rove Live was identical to Nine's Rove. Rove Live became a flagship show for Network Ten, it was broadcast on TV3 in New Zealand; the show showcased weekly celebrity guests.
During the 2004 and 2007 federal elections, McManus unsuccessfully campaigned to have the Australian prime minister, John Howard, appear on his program. While Howard did not appear, then-opposition leaders Mark Latham appeared on the show in 2005 and Kevin Rudd in 2007. After being elected prime minister, Rudd appeared on the show again in 2008 and on 28 June 2009; when Bert Newton fell ill in early 2004, McManus was one of many guest presenters who hosted Newton's Good Morning Australia program. McManus hosted the episodes on 24 April and 12 October 2004; the following year, McManus and Newton co-hosted a Roving Enterprises television special Ten Seriously 40, a look at the history of the Ten Network. In 2004, McManus appeared in comedian John Safran's TV show John Safran vs God in a segment in which Safran convinced the controversial UK Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad to put a fatwa on McManus; the fatwa was taken off when Omar Bakri found out that the pictures showing McManus mocking Islam were falsified.
In 2005, McManus co-hosted the historic tri-network tsunami appeal Reach Out with fellow presenters Eddie McGuire and Andrew O'Keefe on three commercial networks Seven and Ten. The appeal raised over $20 million for tsunami relief efforts around Asia; the event was such a success that the three teamed up the following year to host the Logie awards In November 2006, after his wife Belinda Emmett died after fighting breast cancer for eight years, McManus took indefinite leave and Rove Live did not screen its last two planned episodes of the year. At the time there were unfounded rumours circulating in the industry that he might quit television for good, he returned, however, in the competitive Sunday 8.30 pm timeslot on 1 April 2007 with a major format overhaul, including renaming the show to Rove. Rove scored its highest audience of 1.69 million viewers. In September 2007, McManus made his debut as a game show host in the Australian version of the US game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?.
On 2 May 2007, 25 July 2007, 29 October 2008, McManus appeared as a guest on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and as a result had a regular spot on the show. In 2011 he hosted. Jay Leno and Ed McMahon made a small pre-recorded appearance at the beginning of McManus' shows in Los Angeles giving him tips for the night's show. On 23 December 2008, McManus made his debut as host on American television as the host of an American Broadcasting Company special The List. On the 2009 series finale of Rove shown on 15 November, following several weeks of rumours that the show was going to end, McManus confirmed live on the show that it would be ending with the 2009 finale, he said: "It's purely my decision. It's not one I've made or flippantly; the timing was right to stop, stand back and see what happens next." In May 2011, McManus relocated to Los Angeles and landed a hosting role on a new talk show, Rove LA. The show debuted on 19 September 2011, with catch-up airings on The Comedy Channel; the show was subsequently picked up for a two-year run.
In 2013, McManus featured as a subject in the Australian version of the series Who Do You Think You Are?. McManus has appeared as a'Round table' guest on the E! Network late night talk show Chelsea Lately, he has made intermittent appearances on TV3's satirical Pulp Sport series performing menial tasks for the hosts, "Bill and
A podcast or generically netcast, is an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download in order to listen to. It is available for subscription, so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user's own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player; the word was suggested by Ben Hammersley as a portmanteau of "iPod" and "broadcast". The files distributed are in audio format, but may sometimes include other file formats such as PDF or EPUB. Videos which are shared following a podcast model are sometimes called video vodcasts; the generator of a podcast maintains a central list of the files on a server as a web feed that can be accessed through the Internet. The listener or viewer uses special client application software on a computer or media player, known as a podcatcher, which accesses this web feed, checks it for updates, downloads any new files in the series; this process can be automated to download new files automatically, which may seem to users as though new episodes are broadcast or "pushed" to them.
Files are stored locally on the user's device, ready for offline use. There are many different mobile applications available for people to use to subscribe and to listen to podcasts. Many of these applications allow users to download podcasts or to stream them on demand as an alternative to downloading. Many podcast players allow listeners to control the playback speed; some have labeled podcasting as a converged medium bringing together audio, the web, portable media players, as well as a disruptive technology that has caused some individuals in the radio business to reconsider established practices and preconceptions about audiences, consumption and distribution. Podcasts are free of charge to listeners and can be created for little to no cost, which sets them apart from the traditional model of "gate-kept" media and production tools. Podcast creators can monetize their podcasts by allowing companies to purchase ad time, as well as via sites such as Patreon, which provides special extras and content to listeners for a fee.
Podcasting is much a horizontal media form – producers are consumers, consumers may become producers, both can engage in conversations with each other. "Podcast" is a portmanteau word, formed by combining "iPod" and "broadcast". The term "podcasting" as a name for the nascent technology was first suggested by The Guardian columnist and BBC journalist Ben Hammersley, who invented it in early February 2004 while "padding out" an article for The Guardian newspaper. Despite the etymology, the content can be accessed using any computer or similar device that can play media files. Use of the term "podcast" predated Apple's addition of formal support for podcasting to the iPod, or its iTunes software. Other names for podcasting include "net cast", intended as a vendor-neutral term without the loose reference to the Apple iPod; this name is used by shows from the TWiT.tv network. Some sources have suggested the backronym "portable on demand" or "POD", for similar reasons. In 2004, former MTV video jockey Adam Curry, in collaboration with Dave Winer – co-author of the RSS specification – is credited with coming up with the idea to automate the delivery and syncing of textual content to portable audio players.
Podcasting, once an obscure method of spreading audio information, has become a recognized medium for distributing audio content, whether for corporate or personal use. Podcasts are similar to radio programs in form, but they exist as audio files that can be played at a listener's convenience, anytime or anywhere; the first application to make this process feasible was iPodderX, developed by August Trometer and Ray Slakinski. By 2007, audio podcasts were doing what was accomplished via radio broadcasts, the source of radio talk shows and news programs since the 1930s; this shift occurred as a result of the evolution of internet capabilities along with increased consumer access to cheaper hardware and software for audio recording and editing. In October 2003, Matt Schichter launched. B. B. King, Third Eye Blind, Gavin DeGraw, The Beach Boys, Jason Mraz were notable guests the first season; the hour long radio show was recorded live, transcoded to 16kbit/s audio for dial-up online streaming. Despite a lack of a accepted identifying name for the medium at the time of its creation, The Backstage Pass which became known as Matt Schichter Interviews is believed to be the first podcast to be published online.
In August 2004, Adam Curry launched his show Daily Source Code. It was a show focused on chronicling his everyday life, delivering news, discussions about the development of podcasting, as well as promoting new and emerging podcasts. Curry published it in an attempt to gain traction in the development of what would come to be known as podcasting and as a means of testing the software outside of a lab setting; the name Daily Source Code was chosen in the hope that it would attract an audience with an interest in technology. Daily Source Code started at a grassroots level of production and was directed at podcast developers; as its audience became interested in the format, these developers were inspired to create and produce their own projects and, as a result, they improved the code used to create podcasts. As more people learned how easy it was to produce podcasts, a community of pioneer podcasters appeared. In June 2005, Apple released iTunes 4.9 which added formal support for podcasts, thus negating the need to use a separate program in order to download and transfer them to a mobile device.
While this made access to podcasts more
Real Stories is an Australian satirical television comedy series produced by Carlton Television for Network Ten. It was created by Andy Lee; the series was first broadcast on 22 August 2006. Eight episodes were produced; the program was a parody of current affairs shows. It was hosted by a former Seven Network reporter; the show mimicked a standard current affairs format. Pre-recorded segments in the show were introduced by the host; these segments starred Hamish Blake, Andy Lee, Ryan Shelton, Tim Bartley with voice-overs provided by Greg Fleet. The show started as a project for Melbourne's Channel 31, a community access television station, as a collaboration between Roving Enterprises and Hamish & Andy's production company, Radio Karate. There are no plans to continue production of the show, it was repeated during 2007, is available on DVD. Several podcasts were produced, including material not broadcast in the series. Real Stories website Real Stories' Myspace page Real Stories at TV.com
ARIA Music Awards
The Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards is an annual series of awards nights celebrating the Australian music industry, put on by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The event has been held annually since 1987 and encompasses the general genre-specific and popular awards as well as Fine Arts Awards and Artisan Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards and ARIA Hall of Fame – held separately from 2005 to 2010 but returned to the general ceremony in 2011. For 2010, ARIA introduced. Winning, or being nominated for, an ARIA award results in a lot of media attention and publicity on an artist, increases recording sales several-fold, as well as chart significance – in 2005, for example, after Ben Lee won three awards, his album Awake Is the New Sleep jumped from No. 31 to No. 5 in the ARIA Charts, its highest position. In 1983, the Australian Recording Industry Association was established by the six major record companies operating in Australia, EMI, Festival Records, CBS, RCA, WEA and Polygram replacing the Association of Australian Record Manufacturers, formed in 1956.
It included smaller record companies representing independent acts/labels and has over 100 members. Australian TV pop music show Countdown presented its own annual awards ceremony, Countdown Music and Video Awards, which were co-produced by Carolyn James from 1981 to 1984 and, in the latter two years, in collaboration with ARIA. ARIA provided peer voting for some awards, while Countdown provided coupons in the related Countdown Magazine for viewers to vote for populist awards. At the 1985 Countdown awards ceremony, held on 14 April 1986, fans of INXS and Uncanny X-Men scuffled during the broadcast and as a result ARIA decided to hold their own awards. Starting with the first ceremony, on 2 March 1987, ARIA administered its own peer-voted ARIA Music Awards, to "recognise excellence and innovation in all genres of Australian music" with an annual ceremony. Included in the same awards ceremonies, it established the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1988, it held separate annual ceremonies from 2005 to 2010, the Hall of Fame returned to the general ceremony in 2011.
The ARIA Hall of Fame "honours Australian musicians' achievements have had a significant impact in Australia or around the world". The first ceremony, in 1987, featured Elton John as the compere and was held at the Sheraton Wentworth Hotel, Sydney. There were no live performances at the early ARIAs, music for both walk on/walk off was supplied by a nightclub dj, Rick Powell. All subsequent ceremonies were held in Sydney except the 1992 event at World Congress Centre, Melbourne. For 2010, ARIA introduced. Winning, or being nominated for, an ARIA award results in a lot of media attention and publicity on an artist, may increase recording sales several-fold, as well as chart significance – in 2005, for example, after Ben Lee won three awards, his album Awake Is the New Sleep jumped from No. 31 to No. 5 in the ARIA Charts, its highest position. The first five ARIA Awards were not televised, at the first award ceremony on 2 March 1987, the host, Elton John, advised the industry to keep them off television "if you want these Awards to stay fun".
The first televised ARIA Awards ceremony occurred in 1992, all subsequent ceremonies were televised. They were broadcast on Network Ten from 2002 to 2008 and returned in 2010. Nine Network aired the ceremony on 26 November 2009, its digital channel, GO!, aired the 2011 ARIA Music Awards on 27 November 2011. At the 1988 ceremony a fracas developed between band manager, Gary Morris, accepting awards for Midnight Oil, former Countdown compere, Ian "Molly" Meldrum, presenting, they conflicted over visiting United Kingdom artist, Bryan Ferry, who had presented an award. Morris objected to Ferry's presence and insulted him, Meldrum defended Ferry and scuffled with Morris. In 1995 electronic music group, Itch-E and Scratch-E, won the inaugural award for "Best Dance Release" for their single, "Sweetness and Light". Band member, Paul Mac thanked Sydney's ecstasy dealers for their help. One of the sponsors of the awards, that year, was the National Drug Offensive. In 2005 Mac explained, his speech was bleeped for the TV broadcast.
During the 2004 voting process, former 3RRR radio DJ, Cousin Creep, published his user name and password on a music site, allowing public votes, before being removed from voting two days later. The 2007 ARIA Awards telecast was marred by controversy, after it was revealed by the ABC's Media Watch programme that Network Ten had used subliminal advertising during the course of the broadcast, which under the Australian Media and Broadcasting rules, such an activity is illegal. Network Ten disputed the finding, however their basis for defence was criticised by Media Watch, as demonstrating an ignorance of the rules; the 2010 telecast was criticised in media reports: Crikey's Neil Walker decried the "infamously shambolic Sydney Opera House fiasco", The Punch's Rebekah Devlin speculated on it being the worst telecast, "it felt like we’d stumbled into some raging A-list party and we weren’t invited Guests who were there said it was a great night, but it reignites the debate of what the Arias are all about… is it an event staged for the musicians and the people there, or is it for a TV audience?", while Daily Telegraph's Ka
Hamish & Andy
Hamish & Andy are an Australian comedy duo formed in 2003 by Hamish Blake and Andy Lee. They are most known for their successful drive-time radio show, The Hamish & Andy Show, for their work on television as correspondents on Rove and their Nine Network series Hamish & Andy's Gap Year. In addition, they have made numerous appearances hosting events, competing on game shows and in celebrity sporting events. In 2014, the pair were the highest paid commercial radio hosts in Australia, with individual salaries of A$4 million; the two met while Lee was studying Commerce and Blake was studying Commerce/Science at the University of Melbourne, entered comedy competitions. Hamish & Andy have presented radio programmes for Fox FM in a variety of formats since 2003; the duo began presenting radio on the Student Youth Network, in the Friday afternoon drivetime slot. In 2003, soon after Hamish began writing for the Fox FM breakfast show, the pair began hosting a Monday night late-night radio program called Almost Tuesday on the same station.
The duo hosted the Fox FM program, Almost Midday on Saturday mornings, so successful it was syndicated nationally across the Today Network. From 2006, they host the two-hour afternoon program, Hamish & Andy The Hamish & Andy Show, on the Today Network in all states and territories of Australia and in New Zealand. A weekly highlights package is broadcast in Dubai; the duo have presented two radio specials on BBC 6 Music in the United Kingdom on 21 December 2009 and 26 January 2010. On Friday 11 June it was announced on the Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show that Hamish & Andy would be presenting three shows in London during July 2010 to cover Christian's holiday. Hamish and Andy signed a deal to present a series of shows to air on Absolute Radio Sunday evenings; the duo have hosted a two-hour weekday show, The Hamish & Andy Show, since 2006. The show is broadcast in the afternoon drivetime slot; the show is the highest-rated radio series in Australian history, with two million listeners daily. The show is well known for overseas trips.
As of 2014, The Hamish & Andy Show has completed two domestic and two foreign caravan tours, Bass Strait sailboat trip, trips to Afghanistan, Japan and the USA, recording live on location. The program has won 14 Australian Commercial Radio Awards; the duo have released two compilation albums of segments from their daily radio show, Unessential Listening, in 2008 and Celebrating 50 Glorious Years in 2010. Both albums won ARIA Awards for Best Comedy Release. Blake and Lee announced in August 2010 that they would be cutting down their show to a single program each week from 2011 onward, in the Friday afternoon drive time slot; the final daily program aired on 3 December 2010. As of January 2013, the pair moved their weekly drive show from Fridays to Mondays from 4 p.m, added a one-hour show from 9 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; this second show is known as Hamish & Andy's Business Brunch, during which they cover every single topic in the world, one topic per show. The list of topics for every week is updated the week before and listeners are encouraged to contribute any'expertise' or assistance to the discussion of any particular topic covered on the show.
This arrangement lasted six months, until they shifted to a one-hour program at 3 p.m. every weekday afternoon called Hamish & Andy's Happy Hour. Similar to the Business Brunch, it address one topic each day, but this topic is a starting point for the day's conversation. Hamish & Andy have presented a number of television series and specials since 2003, they began on sketch shows but have found greater success in recent years with their travel diary-style programmes. Series Special Blake united with Lee in 2003 when they developed a Channel 31 sketch show, called Radio Karate, with friends Ryan Shelton and Tim Bartley. Blake reunited with Lee in 2004 when they were named hosts of a new Seven Network variety program, The Hamish and Andy Show, a show described as a successor to Big Bite, it premiered in 2004, built a moderate cult audience. However the show was cancelled after its initial run of six episodes. In 2005, they were recruited by comedian Rove McManus, to develop the satirical television comedy series, Real Stories, which aired on Network Ten in 2006.
From 2007 to 2009, the duo appeared fortnightly on Rove in a mixture of pre-recorded segments and live appearances. They hosted the Logie awards in 2007 and 2008, the ARIA awards in 2008, they appeared on Joker Poker and Australia's Brainiest Comedian in 2005, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? in 2009 and Good News Week in 2010. The group appeared on The Jay Leno Show twice in 2009, on The 7pm Project numerous times from 2009, in a similar manner as they did on Rove, they appeared on UKs The Graham Norton Show in June 2010. The duo have presented numerous televised clip show specials on Network Ten. Hamish and Andy: Re-Gifted at the end of 2008, Hamish & Andy: Re-Gifted - Another Very Early Christmas Special at the end of 2009, were both produced in conjunction with Roving Enterprises and consisted of highlights of their fortnightly appearances on Rove, their 2010 Hamish & Andy's Reministmas Special recapped their adventures during the year as part of their radio show. In addition to these, they produced three travel specials for Ten.
Hamish & Andy's American Caravan of Courage in 2009 summarised their two-week road-trip across the United States. 2010's Hamish & Andy's Carava
Peter Jason Matthew Helliar is an Australian comedian, actor and television presenter, writer and director. From January 2014, he is one of four regular hosts of The Project on Network Ten with Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly and Lisa Wilkinson, replacing previous presenter Dave Hughes, he was best known for his work on television as Rove McManus' sidekick on The Loft Live from 1997 to 1998 and on Rove from 1999 and 2009. He appeared in Before the Game as alter ego Bryan Strauchan. Helliar worked the Melbourne comedy circuit in the mid nineties, performing in various venues and the annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival, he has performed in numerous television ads, most notably for Fernwood Fitness. Helliar, has been nominated for the Gold Logie, for the Most Popular Personality on Television in 2017. Helliar has made guest appearances on Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Loft Live, The Morning Show, Studio 10, Show Me the Movie!, Have You Been Paying Attention? and Hughesy, We Have a Problem.
In 1997, Helliar became a regular stand-up comic on RMITV's weekly variety show Under Melbourne Tonight broadcast on C31 Melbourne, hosted by Stephen Hall and Vincent Hedger. In 1998, Helliar became a regular on Melbourne community television RMITV's weekly variety show The Loft Live broadcast on C31 Melbourne, hosted by Rove McManus and including other well known Melbourne comedians such as Dave Hughes, Kim Hope, Dave Callan, he appeared as a live on-screen guest as well as recording skits for live playback. Helliar rose to national attention in 1999, when he became a regular to Rove McManus on Rove, which aired on the Nine Network. In 2000, the show moved networks to Channel Ten, where Helliar and the show remained until its ending in late 2009. Helliar wrote for the show. In 2003 and 2004, Helliar was part of an ensemble cast in the comedy sketch program, skitHOUSE, that ran on network Ten as well as being sold overseas. In 2010, Helliar joined the Seven Network to appear on their new "family friendly" football show, The Bounce, alongside Leigh Matthews and Matthew Richardson.
The series was cancelled after just a few weeks. On 18 May 2010 Helliar was guest co-host on The Morning Show, alongside Kylie Gillies, while Larry Emdur was on holidays. In the summer of 2010 and 2011, he hosted the quiz show The Trophy Room that aired on ABC1. In 2013, Helliar created, wrote, co-produced and co-directed his own eight episode comedy series titled, It's a Date, it was a strong performer, being renewed for a second season, set to air in 2014. The show won the'Best Scripted Format Award' in the International Format Awards at MIPCOM 2013 in Cannes. On 7 December 2013, Helliar was appointed as one of the co-hosts of The Project from 2014, replacing Dave Hughes, who had resigned to concentrate on stand-up comedy. In November 2018, a comedy series, How to Stay Married was released. Created and co-written by Helliar, the series explores life after 15 years of marriage, starring Peter Helliar as Greg Butler and Lisa McCune as Em Butler. Between 1998 and 2000 he was a regular guest on the ABC's national youth network Triple J.
In 2002, the Austereo radio network signed Peter Helliar, to appear alongside TV colleagues Rove McManus and Corinne Grant on the weekly program Saturday Morning Rove, broadcasting from Fox FM every Saturday from 10 am to midday after being pre-recorded the day before. In 2004 the program moved to Friday mornings, allowing live phone callers, was re-titled Rove Live Radio, it was discontinued at the end of 2004. In 2004, Helliar was signed to do the breakfast shift on Austereo's Sydney station 2Day FM with Judith Lucy and Kaz Cooke; the program was discontinued after its first year. Still signed to Austereo, Helliar appeared on the Melbourne based The Arvo, a daily program broadcast out of Fox FM between 4 pm and 6 pm and networked to other capital cities, it was discontinued in June 2005. He has done his own show called Pete's Show which aired on 10 am – 12 pm on Fridays across the Today Network. Helliar filled in for Merrick and Rosso, along with Rove McManus, for their breakfast daily show on Sydney's Nova 96.9 whilst they were on holiday.
Helliar filled in for Kate Langbroek on Hughesy & Kate on Melbourne's Nova 100, while Kate was on maternity leave. It was announced by co-host Dave Hughes that Helliar would begin making appearances on the show every Thursday morning. In 2008, Helliar began presenting the Triple M Melbourne breakfast spot with Myf Warhurst called Pete & Myf, but the show was axed in July 2009. In 2010, a romantic comedy film, I Love You Too was released; the screenplay was written by Helliar and he co-starred in and co-produced the film. In 2012, Helliar appeared in Scumbus. For the 2005 AFL season, Helliar created an alter ego named Bryan Strauchan who debuted on the television show Before the Game; the character was the last pick in the 2004 AFL national draft, yet to get a game for his new club Collingwood. For the role, Helliar dons a blonde mullet wig and attempts to play up an Australian bogan stereotype; the comedy is achieved by self-effacing humour, putting Strauchan in situations that highlight his weight, lack of fitness and general inability while his egotistical personality and delusions of grandeur mean he is unaware of these weaknesses.
The character of Strauchanie has made several subsequent appearances across different media. In the 2009'EJ Whitten Legends' football match, Helliar broke his ankle late in the game after being tackled, he suggested. You could be seeing the end of a great career. Doctors say. I will always stay involved in football.
Andy Lee (comedian)
Andrew Thomas Lee is an Australian comedian and children's writer. He is known for working alongside Hamish Blake as part of the comedy duo Andy. Andy Lee is the middle child of Margaret Lee. Lee has Alex Miles, who writes pantomimes and stars in the comedy show Porky Pies, he has an older brother, with whom Lee started the band Zoophyte. Lee attended Balwyn Primary School and CGS, he was a member of the Scouting Movement, performing in Camberwell Showtime and Melbourne Gang Show. He went on to study Commerce at the University of Melbourne, where he met comedic partner Hamish Blake in 2001. In 2006, Lee was announced as Cleo's Bachelor of the Year. Lee dated Megan Gale, they ended their relationship in 2010. In January 2015, it was announced that Lee was dating PR Graduate, Rebecca Harding, their break-up was confirmed by Lee in July 2016. They were reported to have reconciled a few months later. Lee and Blake teamed with Ryan Shelton and several others to create a show called Radio Karate for RMIT University's student television company RMITV, on community-access television station Channel 31.
They trained with, appeared on, RMIT's student radio station SYN, subsequently had a few spot projects on FOX FM. Lee and Blake hosted a comedy programme on Australia's Seven Network, The Hamish and Andy Show, shortly cancelled after bad ratings. Critics panned the show as poorly executed. Since this show and Blake have always performed together, they are now referred to as Hamish & Andy. Blake and Lee hosted the national drive-time program Hamish & Andy that ran between 4 pm and 6 pm, Monday to Friday. In 2011, the program was cut back to a weekly Friday show due to wanting to pursue other opportunities; the radio show is considered successful, scoring top positions in the radio ratings in the crucial Sydney and Melbourne markets, as well as Perth. Their audience share is around 20%, the highest recorded for a national FM show in Australia. Lee won the first series of Joker Poker, a celebrity poker show in which contestants win money for charity, he appeared on the Network Ten program Australia's Brainiest Comedian.
He was selected as one of the entrants to the in Australia 2011 edition. On 10 May 2010, Hamish appeared on the TV show Good News Week. In 2011 the duo made a deal with Channel Nine, since they have created a ten-part series called Gap Year: New York. In 2012, the comedy duo created a second Gap Year season, titled Hamish and Andy's: Euro Gap Year, in which the two travelled throughout Europe leading up to the 2012 London Olympic Games. In 2013, they continued the Gap Year series, creating a third season titled and Andy's: Asia Gap Year. Lee was a founding member of Melbourne band Zoophyte, along with his brother Cameron. In 2007, Lee had retired from the band due to other commitments, but appears as a guest at gigs. In 2015, Lee formed Coolboys and the Frontman with comedic partner Hamish Blake and producer Jack Post. Lee released an educational times table CD in 2003, The Sing Along Times Table CD Book; the CD was re-discovered in 2005/2006 after an "alert listener" informed Blake, teased Lee about it on their radio show.
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