Giggle a big hit with kids
WHAT: Giggle and Hoot and Friends
WHERE: Regal Theatre WHEN: April 4 to 6
WHILE Jimmy Rees impatiently waits with wife Tori for the birth of their first child at the end of April, he will continue to not only entertain Aussie kids as half of ABC’s Giggle and Hoot duo on television but also in live stage show Giggle and Hoot and Friends.
Rees, aka Jimmy Giggle, said the high-energy production was big on
music, had a little bit of narrative and loads of audience participation.
There will also be appearances by Bananas in Pyjamas and circus characters from Hoopla Doopla.
“Kids are such a great audience,” Rees said.
“Meeting them, especially during the tour because we don’t have a live audience while filming in the studio, really puts a smile on your face.
“I know we’re meant to be putting a smile on theirs, but it comes back in return ten fold.”
In his first professional job in the entertainment industry, Rees said he still found his fame funny, especially when celebrity parents like Dannii Minogue, Adam Hills, Tina Arena and David Campbell approached him with their children.
Although, he admits many young fans have trouble recognising him out of costume. “When I’m not in my Giggle and Hoot outfits parents usually spot me while I’m out at the shops, but their children are not so sure because I’m not in my pyjamas,” Rees said.
“I’d never had anything against working on a kid’s show but I didn’t know what to expect when I started.
“It was overwhelming but looking back, I was ready for it.
“The best thing about the job is getting to be myself. I get to bring my personality to Jimmy Giggle, do what I do and add to the collaboration process.”
Jimmy Rees as Jimmy Giggle.