Jimmy Giggles plays himself in Tiny Oz, on All Things Miniature, on ABC

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You could say that after cutting his teeth entertaining tiny people, he moved on to directing tiny bits of online comedy, and now he’s entered the final stage: staring intently at tiny models.

Where does his fascination for the minute come from? “I think I’ve always been interested in art and things that are different, and especially things that are funny,” Rees says.

“There’s something about little miniature things that create a little wonder. Even my kids’ matchbox cars, when they make a tiny little version of them, the size of your thumb, you’re like, “Oh, that’s cute, isn’t it.” Everyone always has this wonder, this ‘how is it so small?’ thing.”

But what is it about Rees – comedian, influencer, former Owl associate – that made the ABC sure he was the man they wanted to lead their little world? “I’m not a miniaturist,” he says straight away.

“I think they wanted someone to come with them on this journey, learning everything and having fun. Sometimes the guys on the show get pretty serious because they build this incredible model in so much intricate detail, and you might get bogged down, it just doesn’t look right, it doesn’t look right. I can be the person who can step back and be like, (voice of childish joy) ‘Hi guys! We make small things! »

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But in this position – the comedian watching as passionate artists painstakingly work on their masterpieces – is there a risk that he will offend creators with his light-hearted approach to their craft?

“Yes, a little,” he concedes. “But we’re doing this for the joy and wonder that people see in this little miniature thing. I think it’s good to look at it with fresh eyes. But there’s a part of me that kept thinking… if I stayed on this, I could ruin everything. I could drop a brick and it was all gone, and it took 400 hours.

Jokes and destructive urges aside, watching the little worlds come to birth was an eye-opening experience for the host.

“The main thing I learned is that making miniatures takes for all time. And all these techniques that they have: they have to do this lake in one episode, and they get this epoxy resin, and we cut out the little thing and pour it in there, but it doesn’t really get in the way, so we have to deal with it as it sets, for hours and hours, mixing it slowly so the bubbles come out.

Then there’s the historical education the show provides, with models such as the miniature recreation of the day Sydney Zoo moved from the city center to Taronga – giraffes and elephants walking down Macquarie Street to the barge to take them to their new home. “The whole series is an explanation of those moments in history that are amazing,” says Rees. “I learned a lot.”

But by learning and presenting his learning to a new audience, in a way, he’s doing the same thing as Jimmy Giggle: teaching. Looks like this winding road has really come full circle.

small ounce premieres on ABC and ABC iView on Tuesday, April 19.

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