An interview with LEGO Masters Australia contestant couple Maddie and Jimmy
LEGO Masters Australia fans will be delighted to hear that Maddy and Jimmy, the show's brick-tastic contestent couple, will be hosting a fun kid-friendly act at this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF).
Maddy and Jimmy. Fashion by Dangerfield. Photo by Mark Gambino
Q: Some might say you were the fan favourite contestants on Channel 9’s LEGO Masters Australia last year. Can you tell us a little bit about why you auditioned for the show?
Maddie: "Oh that’s so lovely of you! Thanks so much for cheering us on! Jimmy and I couldn’t believe it when we heard auditions had begun for a new Lego reality TV show. We are both massive kids at heart (having met working for the Starlight Children’s foundation as Captain Starlights) and are huge pop culture lovers and toy collectors. Building Lego has been a hobby for the both of us since we started dating and we have slowly built up a collection big enough to start a new suburb in Melbourne! We even had a Lego themed wedding! Needless to say, auditioning for the show was a given but we never thought we would be lucky enough to be selected. Turns out dreams really do come true!"
Maddie and Jimmy appearance as the contestents on Channel 9's first LEGO Masters Australia
Q: If you could apply, audition and compete on LEGO Masters Australia again, would you?
Maddie: "Absolutely, we had the best time ever! Playing with Lego for 10 hours a day for weeks on end is the greatest thing of all time."
Maddie and Jimmy in LEGO
Q: Are you still in contact with the other LEGO Masters contestants and/or the presenters Hamish Blake & Ryan McNaught?
Maddie: "We love all of the Lego Masters contestants and spending time with them at meet and greets. We still speak to Ryan (aka Brickman) a lot…in fact he and his boys are coming to see our show! Hamish is such a super busy man, but we still definitely touch base in the fabulous world of social media. All the contestants, Ryan and Hame are just the loveliest and we all became such wonderful friends throughout the filming process."
Q: Tell us about life after LEGO Masters Australia. What have you been up to since?
Maddie: "Life after LEGO Masters has been a bricky whirlwind and so much fun! Jimmy and I have started our very own YouTube Channel, Maddy and Jimmy where we make funny little sketches, Lego tutorials and adventure videos! We have also run a series of awesome Lego building workshops through the Casey Cardinia Library group which culminated in a huge Dinosaur Park build designed by all the amazing kids involved. On top of that we have been able to squish in a trip to LA to visit Disneyland!"
Maddie and Jimmy visit Disneyland
Q: Since competing in LEGO Masters Australia, do you get recognised by kids in the street?
Maddie: "Being recognised on the street by kids and families has been such a wonderful part of the experience! We have met some amazing peeps and have been sent some incredible fan mail, homemade gifts and videos from all around the world! How lucky are we?!"
Q: Can you tell us about The Brick Destiny at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival and what we can expect from the show?
Maddie: "Well, after adventuring around the world, Jimmy and I have discovered the ancient, mysterious, super sparkly, plastic toy building brick that can mould into any shape...The Brick of Destiny! We’re very excited to show the Brick to all our fans but, the thing is, just before the show, Jimmy kind of lost it. Awks."
"The only way to get the Brick back? We must complete ten super bricky (tricky) tasks in 45 minutes to find it. With no instructions. Awks again. Against a horde of animated evil minifigures. Eek. And we’re going to need the audiences help. Yes! Kids, mums, grandmas (and even dads having a snooze up the back) will need to keep their wits about them, because a few special audience brickies will take starring roles in every performance."
Maddy and Jimmy perform The Brick of Destiny at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
"Jimmy and I will combine our love of wacky, imaginative and comedic brick-building with our skills in making kids and adults laugh. "
Q: Jimmy, you’re also back with MICF’s longest-running show for tweens, Improvilicious in 2020, can you tell us a little bit about that too?
Maddie: "Jimmy is absolutely thrilled to be back doing Improvilicious again for 2020! It’s going to be a super fun, super spooky, improvised adventure. The audience give them the suggestions and they turn them into a giant spooky story. The only thing that’s spookier is the fact that they make it all up on the spot. The haunted house was Jimmy’s favourite build on Lego Masters so this show is going to be awesome fun!
Q: What are your plans after MICF 2020? Do you have any other shows or projects in the pipeline and will your favourite plastic brick-building blocks be part of these plans?
Maddie: "Plastic brick-building blocks will always come into play when Jimmy and I are involved (ha)! I (Maddy) am currently in the process of having my first children’s book published (with Interactive Publishing) and am due to launch the title mid-year. We are also very keen to continue making super fun kids content for YouTube and write our very own kids show for TV!
Maddie and Jimmy at LEGOLAND Melbourne
Q: Lastly, can you tell us about your favourite LEGO build and why you love it so much.
Maddie: "Our favourite builds on the show would have to be the Haunted House and Cactus Girl’s Lair! Jimmy and I are the biggest fan of scary movies and Mexican food so combining both passions into our creations was so much fun! Needless to say we ate tacos and watched a horror film the night after the build!"