You’d be forgiven for wondering if there’s anything Waleed Aly can’t do.
The academic turned lawyer, turned human rights campaigner, turned journalist, turned social commentator can nail a piece-to-camera like no one else on prime time television.
Last night he took home a Gold Logie, the award for Australia’s most popular television personality, and one he thought he had less chance of winning than an AFL premiership. At least, that’s what he said in his acceptance speech.
You can watch the whole brilliant thing here (post continues after video):
As charming as his humility is, it’s completely unwarranted.
He’s one of the most likeable and talented people on our TV screens, here’s just some of the reasons why we love him.
1. His piece-to-cameras
Australians have come to rely o Aly for his no-BS approach to breaking down big issues on a nightly basis.
Week after week, the headlines read “Aly just nailed” this, watch his “glorious smack-down” of that, watch him “tear [insert political idiocy] to shreds”.
In the past couple of weeks he’s spoken out about our Government’s shameful treatment of asylum seekers and the housing affordability crisis, but in the past he’s also tackled issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, terrorism, climate change, detention whistleblowers, racism and marriage equality.
His ISIL speech alone was viewed on Facebook more than than 28 million times.
2. His exceptional wife, Susan Carland
Aly paid tribute to his wife Susan Carland in his Logies speech last night and for good reason.
She’s a university lecturer, media personality, speaker, writer and PHD getter, after all.