Andy Lee on The Hundred season 2’s big questions
the Hundred with Andy Lee
After its debut last year, the Hundred with Andy Lee is back on Tuesday February 8 on Channel 9 and 9Now like Andy Lee will be joined by 100 everyday Australians and some celebrities to find out what Australia thinks.
Media Week caught up with Lee to find out what viewers can expect from the show and how he performed Guess who at the Australian Open.
Lee is coming off a busy 2021 which has seen him host several TV shows, host one of the country’s most popular podcasts and work tennis. Lee said he had worked harder in the past year to stay sane during the lockdown.
This new job has led to an interesting new challenge for Lee, working away from his production company Radio Karate.
“It was my first time working with different production companies, which is definitely a fit for me who has worked with Radio Karate for a long time. Working and collaborating with other production companies was the biggest change.
the hundred features a group of 100 Australians hand-picked to represent Australia’s demographic makeup, who are interviewed live via Zoom to give the show the stories behind the stats, while three comedic panelists find out who knows the best ‘Australia. Lee said it was the small topics that might have resonated the most.
“Issues around everyday habits are the ones people seem to resonate with the most and are passionate about. For example, do you check the toilet before you flush? That stuff actually inspired a new segment this season, which is “I can’t be the only one,” where we have our panelists who have their own little idiosyncrasies to see if they’re the only ones doing it. The show isn’t really divisive, it’s actually more inclusive. You find someone who does something as silly as you do and it makes you feel a little better about yourself.
The show will see Lee joined by a host of comedians and celebrity guests, including Sophie Monk, Hamish Blake, Tom Gleeson, Tommy Little, Nazeem Hussain, Abbie Chatfield, Anne Edmonds, Senator Jacqui Lambie, Mike Goldstein and more. Asked about casting, Lee said it was one of the biggest lessons of the pandemic.
“To be honest we were happy to try any type of combos as we are in the middle of locked down Sydney. About three quarters of our original customers were canceled due to Covid. Suddenly we were like, okay, we have to use people in Sydney. And that made us look in different directions and use different people. We thought it was bad luck at the time, but it was actually great because it forced us to try people we might not necessarily have tried and we realized there was a big place for them in the series.
When asked what would change the most between seasons one and two, Lee said not as much as you might think, with most of the changes occurring during production.
“You actually take the most breaks between episodes one and two, the same with Sabbatical year for Hame (Hamish Blake) and me. I think a show grows the most in the first three or four episodes, not between seasons. Between seasons, you can make them more beautiful, you can focus more on the look and feel. Because there are things that are settled before starting a season that are difficult to settle on the fly. But adjusting the gameplay and determining exactly which sticks can be changed between the first four episodes.
Andy Lee and the Australian Open
It’s only early February, but Lee has already finished and dusted off one of his signature projects, Guess who, which has become a staple of Nine’s Australian Open coverage.
Lee said he had another good year, which was helped by players’ eagerness to be featured on the segment.
“The players had all seen it and all wanted to come. A lot of them prepared their own little questions. It made the season more fun and exciting. Obviously some of the biggest names didn’t come, but it was a great opportunity to meet some of the up-and-coming stars. And I love asking them about their colleagues. And even though they try to be polite with their words, their body language and facial expressions normally give them away from anyway !