For years we’ve known him as one half of Australia’s most popular comedy duo ‘Hamish and Andy’, but now Hamish Blake has taken on hosting a prime time TV show on his own.
The 37-year-old is currently hosting Channel Nine’s new reality show, Lego Masters, and admits the solo gig is a big change from having his partner-in-crime Andy Lee there for the ride.
“It’s not weird, it’s just a different experience,” Hamish tells Yahoo Lifestyle Australia.
“You’ve just got to realise that you’ve got to figure out how to do this as just yourself. You can’t leave long pauses like when the other person speaks while you’ve got a chance to think. That’s the main difference.”
Hamish and Andy formed as an entertaining duo back in 2003, and since then have reigned the airwaves with their popular radio show, made appearances on Rove and The Project, hosted their own TV show and maintained a following with their podcast.
Hamish says it was an easy decision to accept this new hosting role as it’s “just a fun thing to have a crack at”.
Having premiered on Sunday, Lego Masters challenges eight teams of two to create mind-blowing models out of 2.5 million Lego bricks available in ‘The Brick Pit’, for a chance to win $100k at the end.
“It’s a competition which we [Aussie TV] have had before. There’s been contests on TV before but it’s also really different in the sense that it’s a very creative pursuit,” explains Hamish.
“Even for the people that are on the show, they’re obviously very good at Lego. Having said that, they’re also really fun and funny people in terms of the cast. And in terms of a bunch of people to have on TV, it’s got a very different energy to anything else that’s been on TV.
“It is a competition that I think people will get their head around fairly easily, but it’s a creative competition which is something that’s kind of new.”
Lego Masters continues tonight at 7:30pm on Channel Nine.
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