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4 times Hamish Blake gave us the laugh we all needed and made isolation a little less sh*t.

When 2019 ticked over into 2020, we doubt that Sir Hamish Blake wrote a New Year’s resolution in his little notebook that read: Be a beacon of light and positivity during global pandemic while most of humanity lives in enforced quarantine. 

Four months ago that really wasn’t the… vibe.

But alas, it’s April, 2020, and a whole lot of shit went wrong.

Hamish Blake, a comedian, actor and podcast host, has been Australia’s much needed comedic relief during a time that will be remembered for its overuse of the terms ‘unprecedented’ and ‘uncertainty’.

It started with “Mr B’s Daily Curriculum” for his two kids, and peaked last night with Channel Nine’s Lego Masters, the biggest series launch of 2020 so far.

Watch the trailer for Season Two of Lego Masters. Post continues below. 

Video by Channel Nine

Here are four times Hamish made us laugh during the single weirdest period of our lives.

1. Mr B’s Daily Curriculum

It was mid-March when parents all over the country began coming to terms with the fact they were going to have to do some sort of homeschooling for their kids.

Some put together elaborate schedules. With meal times. And classes. And allocated times for arts and crafts as though their kids weren’t going to be writing on the walls whenever they found the most permanent pen they could get their sticky hands on.

Hamish very helpfully shared his own daily curriculum, with activities such as ‘what’s for lunch?’ and also ‘give up on today’.

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2. Zoom For One More

Well.

It’s the single most genius concept of 2020 and I won’t hear a word otherwise.

As soon as everyone jumped on Zoom, Hamish decided to start crashing meetings he wasn’t technically invited to. Some went better than others.

After more than 50 drop-ins, Hamish decided to admit that, yeah, there was a time when he was “removed by the host from the meeting”. It was an online f45 class, and we all know how seriously they take their exercise.

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He also got into a tiny little bit of trouble from the Australian Defence Force, after he joined their video conferencing meeting which was definitely meant to be confidential. They no longer use Zoom for security reasons.

It was definitely worth it for the lols though.

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3. Made an elaborate egg race

The battle for Easter egg supremacy was a game invented by Hamish that was played by families all over Australia.

There was cardboard but also textas and makeshift obstacles, and it was all about seeing which Easter egg would win, which might sound king of boring if we weren’t all confined to our own houses indefinitely. 

4. Lego Masters

On Sunday night, more than 1.2 million Australians tuned in to watch the second season of Lego Masters

When social isolation first began, the show most of us were watching was Married at First Sight, which isn’t that appropriate for children given everyone keeps having sex with each other’s husbands etc.

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But in Lego Masters, there are no extramarital affairs (yet). Only Lego. And adults who are really excited about building things with blocks. Oh, and also Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught, Australia’s only Lego Certified Professional.

Just like Goggleboxthe concept itself sounds appalling.

“Who would want to watch grown adults build stuff from colourful blocks several times a week?” apprehensive viewers asked when the ads first started airing before last season.

“How interesting can Lego really be?”

Well let me tell you. 

It’s about creativity and team work and Hamish clapping at the wrong time and imagination and The Brickman crying when he has to eliminate someone because he doesn’t like hurting people’s feelings.

Even Hamish’s two-year-old daughter Rudy reckons the show isn’t too bad, giving him an apprehensive thumbs up when she visited the set.

Hamish deserves a goddamn Order of Australia medal for his service during the global pandemic of 2020.

Lego Masters is on Channel Nine at 7pm on Sunday nights, and 7:30pm on Monday and Tuesday nights.

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