No one loves Hamish and Andy like I love Hamish and Andy. That’s a fact.
I listen to the podcast of their radio show every day. I’ve watched videos of Sonny Blake describing his watermelon as ‘nice and juicy’ more times than I can count.
I’m acutely aware of Andy’s birthday (and how he’s a bit of a diva about celebrating it), I feel like I personally joined them for all their gap years.
I’m even a fan of Cacklin’ Jack’s recent penchant for memes.
So, yeah, I guess you could say I was pretty excited for their new TV show to start last night. Me and almost 1.3 million other Australians who tuned in to watch the first episode of True Story.
If you know anything about Hamish and Andy, you’ll know that part of what makes them so brilliant is their enthusiasm for other people’s stories.
‘The People’s Show,’ as they call it, is built on
A) Knowing what will make for a good story (i.e. ‘let’s bet on Andy for Cleo Bachelor of the Year and then buy a greyhound with the winnings’),
and B) knowing how to find a good story (i.e. asking their listeners ‘when did you get caught up in the moment, like when Hamish drank his own sweat from his shoe?’)
Hamish and Andy are also some of the only people on radio who genuinely laugh with each other, and with their callers. Anyone who’s ever had a conversation with another human being will know how much of a difference it makes when the person you’re talking to is laughing with you.
Listen: Clare Stephens and Laura Brodnik explain how Hamish and Andy have broken a major TV rule without meaning to on The Binge.
Such is the premise of True Story – an original format where real people retell their funny true stories to Hamish and Andy, while they’re reenacted by well-known actors and comedians.