We sat down with James David Rees aka Jimmy Giggle to talk about his upcoming tour and ask the tough, hard-hitting questions that every child (and mother) wants to know the answer to (such as determing his marriage status!).
WO4 asks: What areas are you visiting with your tour in 2014?
Jimmy Giggle: Our summer tour is heading to Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney and Canberra. We are in each city for a few days so I hope to see a bit more of the areas in the down time because often I am in and out of a city in a flash.
WO4 asks: Will there be any others joining you on tour?
Jimmy Giggle: Yep, we are touring with the loveable Bananas in Pyjamas and the crazy acrobatic Hoopla Doopla team. The show will be a Giggle-icious, fun filled Hootastically amazing song filled BONANZA! Haha!
WO4 asks: What were your favourite characters or shows growing up?
Jimmy Giggle: I absolutely loved Sesame Street and had the pleasure of working with Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby in the past few years. I was also obsessed with a show called Art Attack, I had the videos, books, magazines EVERYTHING! My folks put me in front of ABC for Kids when I was a kid and it’s wonderful to be on the other side now entertaining kids of today. It’s also a testament to the ABC for keeping children’s TV a focus over the years.
WO4 asks: We know that your a HUGE Bombers fan, who does Hoot follow?
Jimmy Giggle: Oh man! Bombers fans have had to endure a lot over the past few years, a shame we didn’t make it further into the finals. Hoot follows all the teams that have birds as a mascot, so he is winning all the time.
WO4 asks: You travel a lot with your job, where is your favourite place that you have been?
Jimmy Giggle: I am lucky to be able to travel around a great country, that said I’m often not in a city for long but I have had many highlights over the past 5 years. I’ve been to all the major cities but I have to say being stranded in Townsville due to a grounding of the Qantas fleet was an unexpected extended stay. I was able to see a bit more of the town, we had a laugh thats for sure.
Questions from our young fans;
Ella 4 asks: What does your real voice sound like?
Jimmy Giggle: Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat? My voice is the same, maybe just a little lower, the same amount of giggling though.
Jake 5 asks: What’s it like living with 2 owls, do they keep you awake at night?
Jimmy Giggle: As you see on the TV Jake, Owls are heaps of fun. They do fall asleep a lot but it makes it all the more fun to think of new ways to wake them up. hehe! Hoot has the important job of going on the ’Night Watch’ so I get a great nights sleep every night.
Miss 5 asks: How did Jimmy Giggle get his name?
Jimmy Giggle: My first name is Jimmy and after years and years of giggling all the time, Hoot decided to call me Jimmy Giggle.
Master 4 asks: How does the magic piano work?
Jimmy Giggle: With Magic! Im not really sure how the magic actually works but theres never a dull moment. Its unpredictable, its crazy and its MAGIC!
Connor 4 asks: How old is Hoot & Hootabelle
Jimmy Giggle: I’m not really sure it’s hard to tell how old Owls, maybe 4, they could be 100!
One very important question from one of our mum’s
Karen asks – Is there a Mrs Giggle?
There is a Mrs Giggle, we have been married just about a year now! She is an enormous support to me even so far as wearing a pair of Giggle and Hoot pyjamas to bed.
Giggle and Hoot and Friends Live On Stage
This December Giggle and Hoot and Friends are touring Eastern Australia and we are giving you exclusive access to pre-sale this Wednesday. Simply sign up here : http://bit.ly/1CHda8l
Tickets open to the general public on Friday the 12th of September. For full tour details click here : http://bit.ly/GiggleHootFriends