Language no barrier for Hamish and Andy on Asian Gap Year

Hamish Blake, left, and Andy Lee star in the TV series Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia.
Hamish Blake, left, and Andy Lee star in the TV series Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia. Jennifer Stenglein - Contributed by Channel 9/WIN

AUSSIE larrikins Hamish Blake and Andy Lee take their hijinks to Asia in the latest series of Gap Year.

The adventurous duo has spent months planning exotic and often bizarre adventures in countries such as Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.

Their Asian gap year marks the first overseas trip the funny men have made for TV where English is not the official language in any of the countries they visited.

Did they attempt to learn any new languages for their travels?

"I'd say my Mandarin and Cantonese is mama, which is Mandarin for 'so so'," Blake told The Guide.

"The short answer no. There's Kevin Rudd and then me."

Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia - Nine/WIN - Monday at 8pm Qld, 8.30pm NSW

Language barriers made for some interesting interactions and interviews for the comedy duo.

"It was incredible to meet a Shaolin monk, but since they spend all their time focusing on their monk abilities they tend to not focus on learning English," Blake said.

"It's fun not being able to fully communicate. I think we underestimate our abilities to get through with a bit of eye contact and charades.

"One place we went to in Japan, we'd heard about this bar where monkeys were the waiters and brought you drinks. Sometimes you don't need language."

They will base themselves in Bangkok and travel in between episodes.

"After the dysfunctional pub (in European Gap Year) we've managed to find a bar called the Rain Tree," he said.

"It's a functional bar during the day, so it will be easy to get an audience."

Blake said the "cultural eating" segment, where he and Blake dare each other to eat weird or disgusting local delicacies, is back with a vengeance.

"I feel like it's really gone up a notch this season," he said.

"Early on there's a fermented tofu, which has been fermented for years, that smells so much like diarrhoea I was positive Andy had just duped me."

Perhaps it's best not to eat dinner while watching the show.



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