Despite the famous saying, it seems that three is not always the magic number. Especially when you’re in radio.
Speaking to Craig Bruce on the Game changers: Radio podcast, comedian and radio powerhouse Hamish Blake revealed he and comedic co-star Andy Lee were actually a trio at one time in their early career.
Giving Bruce “the quick family tree,” Blake explained that he went to school with comedy writer Ryan Shelton, and met Jules Lund and Sam Cavanagh (the long-time producer of Hamish and Andy) shortly after.
From there, the 34-year-old went on to meet Andy Lee at university.
Hamish and Andy on the People's Cruise. Source: Instagram.
“In the first year of knowing each other, we started doing community radio. Me, Ryan and Andy at SYN FM in Melbourne," the father-of-one explained. "We had no idea what we were doing, just winging it ... at the most we knew we had a vague interest in comedy and that’s it.”
While working at SYN FM, Lund won a competition to work at Fox FM and mentioned he had a trio of friends working in community radio. Invited in to record a demo, the trio quickly impressed Bruce (who was working at Fox at the time).
Hamish and Andy on Playschool. Source: Instagram.
“The three of you have done 45 minutes together and my jaw is on the desk having heard you for the first time,” Bruce told Blake during the podcast.
Deciding to take a chance, Bruce convinced Fox Fm to "put a bet on these guys."
And it's here that we could almost say the rest is history.
Lee, Blake and Shelton. Source: Facebook.
Still presenting as a trio at this point, Blake says he took some serious convincing in committing to comedy, with Lee being a driving force in pushing him to embrace what would eventually lead to them becoming some of the biggest names in Australia.
"I was 100 per cent having sit downs with Andy going, ‘I’m going to finish my commerce science degree. I’ll probably go and work at a technology company. Maybe I’ll make CEO. We’ll get a little bit of coin behind us and then, maybe when we’re 50, let’s try the comedy thing’.”