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Andrew Startin shot to prominence in 1997 with his incredible impersonation of Sam Newman. The unemployed 19 year old from Benalla became an instant hit with his uncanny take off of the much publicized Footy Show identity.
Appearing 5 more times that year on the show, Andrew’s impressionist brilliance paved a path in the industry was well and truly kick started by his new found exposure.
In January of 1998 a bidding war for his services between Channel 9's The Footy Show, and Channel 7's newly formed alternative, Live and Kicking took place. Andrew jumped across to Channel 7 on a two year deal under the guidance of former Footy Show Executive Producer, Harvey Silver. However, Live and Kicking was axed after its first two years and Andrew was left to concentrate on his speaking engagements for corporate groups and sportsman’s nights.
By 2003, Andrew was a much sought after speaker, word was quickly spreading about his new characters that moved out of the footballing scene and into the cricket, with Richie Benaud, Tony Grieg and even Sir Donald Bradman his latest victims.
The famous Working Dog Productions of The Panel and The Castle fame, hired Andrew's services for Glenn Robbins "Russel Coight Celebrity Challenge" telemovie in 2004, which ultimately led to 3 guest appearances on The Panel that year. 2005 and 2006 become a hectic couple of years for Andrew with many speaking engagements. Although the man of many voices was in high demand, his show was growing from strength to strength.
Whether he is attacking the umpires as Sam Newman, justifying his coaching ability as Gary Ayres, rating his own top 50 as Mike Sheahan, or mesmerizing you with statistical brilliance as Bruce McAvaney, there is no doubt Andrew will leave you in stitches with his impersonations of our country’s media personalities!
If you are after a more tailored performance, Andrew is more than capable of adapting his routine to suit your function.