Comedian, Musician, MC and The Chaser star
Andrew Hansen is a comedian, pianist, guitarist, composer and vocalist as well as a writer and performer who is best known as a member of the Australian satirical team on ABC TV’s The Chaser.
Andrew also co-wrote, produced and starred in Australian Epic (ABC TV, 2023), a comedy series that retells true Australian stories as musicals.
Andrew is very versatile on the corporate stage too. He can MC an event, give a custom-written comedy presentation or even compose and perform a song if inspired to do so.
Andrew’s radio work includes shows on Triple M as well as composing and starring in the musical comedy series and ARIA Award winning album The Blow Parade (triple j, 2010).
The Chaser’s TV shows include Media Circus (2014-15), The Hamster Wheel (2011-2013), Yes We Canberra! (2010), The Chaser’s War On Everything (2006-9), The Chaser Decides (2004, 2007) and CNNNN (2002-3). On the Seven network, Andrew produced The Unbelievable Truth (2012). He has also appeared as a guest on most Australian TV shows that have guests.
In print he wrote for the humorous fortnightly newspaper The Chaser (1999-2005), eleven Chaser Annuals (Text Publishing, 2000-10), and for the recently launched Chaser Quarterly (2015).
On stage Andrew composed and starred in the musical Dead Caesar (Sydney Theatre Company), did two national tours with The Chaser, two live collaborations with Chris Taylor (One Man Show, 2014 and In Conversation with Lionel Corn, 2015), and three solo national tours. His 2023 tour, Andrew Hansen is Cheap, won an Adelaide Fringe Award.
Andrew composed all The Chaser’s songs as well as the theme music for Media Circus and The Chaser’s War On Everything. His War theme won the APRA-AGSC Screen Music Award for Best Television Theme.
In the corporate world, Andrew has been an MC and guest speaker at events for dozens of companies and organisations. They include the APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), the APRA Music Awards (2011), Canon product launches, the Food Magazine Awards (2013), the Lawyers Weekly Awards (2014) and the Commercial Radio Australia Siren Awards 2015.
With Andrew Hansen involved in your event, you can guarantee that there will be many laughs, lots of wit, a great deal of professionalism and perhaps even a few songs.
Having only seen and appreciated Andrew’s TV work previously, it was a real pleasure and privilege to work with him at a live event. He made a strong contribution to the flow of three APRA Screen Awards events, which then prompted us to engage his services for our flagship event, the APRA Music Awards. Andrew demonstrated his wit and consummate professionalism as an MC in a smooth and entertaining way. With his genuine warmth, confidence and capacity to engage with and delight any audience, I have no hesitation in recommending Andrew for any corporate or social event.
Andrew hosted the 2015/6 Siren Awards and did an exemplary job. It wasn’t easy either, given how cynical an audience full of inebriated advertising creatives can be. Not only was he sharp, witty and professional, he was able to work in a number of bespoke references from both advertising and other news from that day. The feedback was universally positive and I would have no hesitation in recommending him as a host for any corporate event.
Andrew was excellent, very funny. He handled the crowd well, got their attention and held it for the whole awards show.
-Cirrus Media & FST Media
The Chaser's involvement in our product launches across Australia was a great success and ensured the events were memorable within and outside the organisation.
-David Jellings, event manager
Sharp and funny and kept the event in good order. The comedy was absolutely spot on — with remarks made to rib the audience, highlight current events and give the attendees a laugh.