Speakers Profile - Hamish Blake

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Hamish Blake and his close friend and collaborator Andy Lee have been among Australia’s most popular entertainers for close to two decades. Hamish is a versatile performer, excelling in radio, television, and film. In 2012, he was awarded the Gold Logie as the most popular talent on Australian television.

Hamish commenced his radio career with Andy in the early 2000s, rising to success on the highest rating radio program in Australian history. Their national Drive show reached around 2.5 million listeners each week and held that audience for an extraordinary four years, before they took a break from radio in 2011 to pursue other media ambitions.

With a desire to establish their careers on TV, the duo continued to captivate audiences with a stream of seasons of their global Gap Year expeditions on the Nine Network. The show featured the boys’ escapades in New York, the UK, Asia, South America, India, New Zealand, and Europe, earning three Silver Logies and a Silver and Gold Logie for Hamish personally.

Together with radio and TV, they’ve also held comedy reign with their podcasts, having topped the iTunes charts as the #1 Australian radio podcast.

In 2008, Hamish and Andy released their Unessential Listening CD which went platinum, selling well over 100,000 copies. In 2010, they released a second CD to great acclaim, Celebrating Over 50 Glorious Years.

In 2015, Hamish and Andy made their highly anticipated return to the HIT Radio network, once again hosting the top-rating weekday national Drive show. After a farewell tour at the end of 2017 they moved to broadcasting purely as podcasters, launching their own show for the Podcast One network in 2018.

In 2017, they returned to the Nine Network with the debut of True Story with Hamish and Andy, which was nominated for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards and the Logies, and continued its success with a second season in 2018.

In 2019, grown-up Hamish got to live out eight-year-old Hamish’s dreams – going to work with Lego every day as the host of the first Lego Masters Australia. An unabashed Lego fan, Hamish not only oversaw proceedings but was also looking to pocket as much Lego as possible without raising alarm.

Later in 2019, Hamish and Andy again paired up on Nine, setting off on another adventure – with a twist – in Hamish and Andy’s Perfect Holiday.

Hamish has featured in the ABC comedy Twenty Something and the Seven Network’s Molly. He co-starred in his first feature film with Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Concords) in Two Little Boys, which was shot in New Zealand. In 2015, he played alongside Portia de Rossi in feature film Now Add Honey. Most recently, he featured as a voiced role in the sequel of the animation movie Wreck-It Ralph called Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Hamish has appeared as a guest on a variety of Australian television series, including Have You Been Paying Attention, Spicks and Specks, Thank God You’re Here, Open Slather, Australia’s Brainiest Comedian, The Librarians, The Panel, Rove, Talkin’ ‘bout your Generation, The Project, and The Footy Show and been a guest on The Graham Norton Show.

As an ambassador for the charitable organisation Soldier On, in 2015 Hamish, with Cadel Evans, joined a group of military veterans in Italy for an intense three-day cycling challenge in the Trois Etapes Giro. Hamish was also an ambassador for the 2018 Invictus Games.

In 2020-21, Hamish and his wife Zoë were tasked with fronting the Holiday Here This Year campaign as ambassadors for Tourism Australia, which saw them travel extensively to promote the wonders of the country, big and small.

Hamish Blake continues to receive excellent reviews for everything he does in the corporate arena and continues to be in high demand.