The sole audience member employed by ABC TV programs during the current COVID-19 crisis says he is ready to resume work this week when satirical news program The Weekly starts its new season.
Jiminy (main picture), who spoke to The Bug on condition we did not use his last name, said he would be the only one in the studio audience when Charlie Pickering pre-recorded The Weekly’s first 2020 episode scheduled to go to air on Wednesday night.
“I’ve just finished being the sole audience member for Shaun Micallef’s latest series of Mad As Hell which engaged me after the coronavirus social–distancing rules forced the ABC to record the show at its Melbourne studios without its usual full-size studio audience,” Jiminy said.
“I must say it was pretty easy work. I really didn’t have much to do at all. In fact, almost nothing. Just a bit of chirping now and then.
“As you’d appreciate, that comes naturally to me, of course. So it was money for jam, as they say.
“I’m looking forward to working on Charlie’s show, since he usually has people like Judith Lucy and Tom Gleeson as regular co-stars.
“I’m sure viewers at home won’t really tell the difference between a pre-lockdown edition of The Weekly and one of the new episodes where I’m the only one in the audience.
“Once again I just know I won’t have a heck of a lot to do, just like working on Mad As Hell where I just had to rub my legs together now and then after a punchline or at least after someone told me Shaun had delivered a punchline,” Jiminy said.