How important is it for kids to laugh?
It’s paramount. We’re called Giggle And Hoot for a reason – our main aim is to have fun. When you’re a kid you don’t have stresses as much, so why not enjoy every moment. Smiling and laughing is infectious, and with kids you can’t help but laugh.
What have you learnt about kids since being on Giggle and Hoot?
When I first started, I’d never been in a TV studio. I was very green, but meeting kids at live shows you learn a lot. They love to laugh, and they’re smart. They know when your timing is out and they’re spontaneous – they’ll yell out in the middle of a concert. I love that, and will happily stop the show to address what’s happening. Obviously having your own child, you learn a lot more!
Your son Lenny is three. Does he realise you're Jimmy?
When he was younger he didn’t realise. Then he recognised me and would say: ‘Dad, Dad, Dad.’ It took him a while to learn that when I go to work I’m Jimmy Giggle and when I’m home I’m Dad. Now he knows he’s being funny when he says: ‘Jimmy Giggle, do you want to come and jump on the trampoline with me?’ He likes to pretend he’s a dog. He gets down on all fours and says: ‘Call me little Pongo.’
How have you adapted to fatherhood?
Nothing can prepare you for it! It’s so much fun, but also frustrating at times when you don’t know what you’re doing. We can’t wait to have more!
My main job is being in the studio, but I run a business on the side with a friend. We do live-streaming and 360 virtual reality content – we recently made a virtual reality tour of Taronga Zoo for the Starlight Foundation, so kids in hospital could take a tour. On Mondays and Tuesdays I look after Lenny and every second week a friend and I take our kids to play golf. We take a lot of snacks!