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Who is Te Radar?

Andrew J Lumsden is most commonly recognized as the comedian Te Radar.

Having just finished his time on the land, he is currently completing a seven-part documentary series entitled Homegrown for TVNZ. Te Radar was most recently seen on screen in TVNZ's Intrepid Journeys, surviving a scorpion bite and the dust of Timbuktu.

In 2006 he completed his third series of the comedy B and B for Maori Television, and fronted the acclaimed series Hidden in the Numbers, three one-hour documentaries examining New Zealand through statistics, for TVNZ.

He has twice won the Qantas Media Award (2005 and 2007) for Best Humour Column for his New Zealand Herald columns.

His show Timor Odyssey, which tells of his first attempts at pursuing a career as a war correspondent, was judged "Best Local Show" at the 2005 New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

He was in fact nominated for that award twice that year, as the show From India with Love, which he co-wrote and directed was also one of the other three nominees. He had previously won the award in 2004 for Indian Invaders, and was the 1998 recipient of the "Billy T" Award for Comedy Excellence.

For several years he has been combining comedy with documentary making.

For National Radio he created 2003's Dispatches from the Provinces, followed in 2004 by Dispatches from the Holy Lands, a four part series about his travels through the Arab-Israeli conflict, where he became the last New Zealand journalist to interview Yassar Arafat.

A TV version of this, entitled War Tourist; Christmas in Bethlehem was screened on TV2 in December 2005.

He has been a regular on National Radio's Nine to Noon each Friday for four years, providing a satirical review of the week that was, and has survived 12 series of National Radio's satirical quiz show Off The Wire,

His Television credits include TV2's Eating Media Lunch, At Least You Are Havin' A Go, Pulp Comedy, Gather Round and Newsflash, Max TV's The Sunday Night Guy, and TV1's Fair Go "Millennium Special".

He has directed a number of theatre shows including Whore to Culture, Welcome to King Country, and Dog.  He was the director and writer of The Journey, 2004's 48 Hour Film Festival's "Best Film".

In November 2004 he travelled to Nevada to film The Battle for Pahrump a look at one town's struggle to help decide the next President of the United States.

He has travelled and performed comedy extensively throughout New Zealand and internationally, including the Edinburgh Fringe, where he was described by the influential Scotsman newspaper as "...the Bastard son of Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten and J.R.R.Tolkien..."