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Australian comic duo filming with expats in Buenos Aires

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee posing for their Gap Year series.

The mischievous Australian comic duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee arrived in Buenos Aires last weekend after a whirlwind LatAm tour, which will feature as the centrepiece of their latest Gap Year series to be broadcast on Australian and New Zealand television later in the year.

From Saturday and through the rest of the week, they’ve invited Aussie and Kiwi expats and visitors to Café García in the Monte Castro neighbourhood to take part in their live audience, where they’ll broadcast segments of their trip and deliver a few rounds of stand-up.

One audience member was Australia’s Ambassador to Argentina, Patricia Holmes, who described what she saw at Monday night’s screening as “hilarious.”

“I can’t give too much away, but they did a few terrifying things in Bolivia and a few crazy things in Mexico and ate some awful things here in Argentina,” she told the Herald.

The ambassador, who also represents Australia in Uruguay and Paraguay, suggested Hamish and Andy’s choice of destination was an obvious one. “Latin America is fascinating for Australians — not only younger backpackers but older Australians too — and the number of tourists is increasing every year. Peru is a favourite, and everyone wants to come to Buenos Aires, as well as Patagonia and Iguazú.”

And the feeling might be mutual.

“There are more Argentines going to Australia now too — this year we completely filled the 500 Work and Holiday visas for young Argentines,” she said. “There will be a new quota opening up on 1 July.”

Producers of Hamish and Andy, well-known to Australian audience, told the Herald this year’s trip through South America is “their most extreme Gap Year expedition so far.” The pair have previously travelled through New Zealand, Europe and the US. Aussies or Kiwis interested in taking part in the remaining screenings should write to baaudience@gmail.com.

Herald staff

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