Kids TV host turned comedian Jimmy Giggle shares latest amusing video summarising Australia’s current battle with coronavirus – including the state-by-state arguments about border closures
- Former Australian kids TV host has become a comedy sensation on social media
- Jimmy Rees, also known to fans as Jimmy Giggle, has amassed scores of fans
- The 33-year-old hosted popular ABC Kids show Giggle and Hoot for ten years
- His TikTok videos poke fun at Australian residents during the coronavirus crisis
- Videos depict Rees impersonating each state and bickering over border closures
A popular kids TV host turned comedian has shared hilarious videos depicting different reactions to Australia’s current Covid-19 dramas.
Jimmy Rees, also known as Jimmy Giggle, has developed a cult following on TikTok following a decade behind the screens on treasured ABC Kids program Giggle and Hoot.
The 33-year-old comedian regularly posts clips poking fun at Australia’s reaction to the coronavirus crisis and the constant squabbling between state premiers.
Pictured: Comedian Jimmy Rees’ depiction of a rattled lady from Sydney’s Northern Beaches
Victoria’s reaction (pictured above) to news of a lockdown on Sydney’s Northern Beaches was met with smugness
His latest creation – Meanwhile in Australia *Part 6* – was uploaded to Facebook on Friday and portrays a female ‘panic drinker’ on Sydney’s Northern Beaches as well as a typical laid-back surfer from iconic local suburb Narrabeen.
Residents in the Northern Beaches were plunged into lockdown at 5pm on Saturday following a coronavirus outbreak in Avalon.
There are currently 38 cases linked to the cluster – which was first identified on Wednesday evening.
As the clip continues, Victoria’s ‘reaction’ to the current state of play in NSW shows zero sympathy after they endured months of lockdown this year.
‘Representatives’ from South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory are slightly more sympathetic, but the same can’t be said for Queensland and Western Australia, who this week closed their borders to residents from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
All of Sydney will be shut from WA at 12am on Sunday.
The reaction in Queensland (pictured above) was to shut the border – arguably the feeling from many in the Sunshine State
Mr Rees’ depiction of locals from the Northern Beaches of Sydney being unable to enjoy kale and sourdough over the Christmas break will also ring true for many.
The common message in the video was to blame NSW for everything – which many people in others states who weren’t in lockdown did to Victoria and South Australia residents at the height of their outbreaks.
Mr Rees’ latest video was a hit on social media, with even frustrated Northern Beaches locals seeing the funny side.
One said the current lockdown will suit many as they can ‘keep non-locals away from our beaches’, with another stating ‘there is a reason the Northern Beaches is known as the insular peninsula.’
In Western Australia (pictured above) the satirical response was to also close the border
Locals on Sydney’s Northern Beaches (pictured above) are officially in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic
Before his TikTok fame, Mr Rees hosted Giggle and Hoot from its first broadcast in 2009 before announcing his decision to part ways with the program in 2019.
He also competed in the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars last year, starred in several stage productions, and appeared on multiple Australian TV programs.
The children’s entertainer lives in Melbourne with his wife Tori and three sons, and has amassed over 244,000 followers on TikTok.
In previous videos Mr Rees portrays all of the Australian states and territories in a fictional conversation about coronavirus restrictions.
The comedian was particularly focused on the interstate bickering, showing arguments between New South Wales and Queensland over the border.
He also joked about Western Australia building a wall and Victoria not being able to speak clearly or drink coffee with their mandatory masks on.
The ACT was shown attempting to encourage the rest of the states while Tasmania and the NT remained forgotten about.
Beaches have been closed (pictured above) which doesn’t spell good news for locals on Sydney’s Northern Beaches