Australian comedians turn their careers into authors

They're usually known for sharing their jokes with a live audience.

But for a select few comedians the crossover to saying clever words and writing witty words down was as easy as learning their ABC's.

Radio funnyman Andy Lee, who has been cracking jokes alongside Hamish Blake since 2003, released his second children's book Do Not Open This Book Again in October.

Funnyman turned writer: How Andy Lee (pictured) and Peter Helliar went from comedians to published authors

Funnyman turned writer: How Andy Lee (pictured) and Peter Helliar went from comedians to published authors

The original story line was written in 45 minutes on a plane and was meant to be a surprise gift for his nephew George's first birthday. 

But when he asked a publisher friend to turn it into a children's tale he was encouraged to publish it to a broader audience. 

On why the jump between comedy and writing is an easy one, Lee said it's got everything to do with the fact 'comedians never grow up.' 

Do kids follow this title? The original story line was written in 45 minutes on a plane and was meant to be a surprised gift for his nephew George's first birthday

Do kids follow this title? The original story line was written in 45 minutes on a plane and was meant to be a surprised gift for his nephew George's first birthday

'This book comes from the angle that kids generally like to do the opposite to what they're told, so tell them not to turn the page no matter what, and you know

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