How A Joke About Committing Crime For Content Birthed Your Next Fave Podcast

“It has destroyed our credibility...not that we had any to begin with."

Sometimes the best ideas come from the craziest places – particularly when you’re stuck in COVID-induced isolation and have a lot of time on your hands. Just ask OG Chaser Charles Firth, who just launched the new podcast The Chaser Report, a half-hour topical comedy current affairs show focused on how to survive the lockdown – particularly through the consumption of alcohol.

On the most recent ep of It’s Been A Big Day For, Firth explained where the idea for The Chaser Report came from. “It’s interesting, Nova approached us to do a podcast at the beginning of the year, and what we wanted to do was actually a true crime podcast,” he said. “They are the thing to do.” LISTEN BELOW:

Firth joked the whole idea was for one of the Chasers to commit a murder so they could create a podcast about it. “We didn’t know any unsolved crimes – but this way, you’d know the beginning, middle and end, you’d know the motive, all the characters.”

“Then the pandemic happened, and the only thing anyone is listening to is COVID-related.”

While Firth acknowledged that there has been “13 trillion” podcasts that have launched since the global pandemic, “there is a gap in the market for current affairs programs that you know you can’t trust.”

Instead of pointing out all the fake news floating around the Internet right now, Firth insists The Chaser Report leans into the bullshit and takes a big whiff. “We’ve actually been burning down 5G towers,” he joked.

“It has destroyed our credibility a little – not that we had any to begin with,” Firth said of the podcast. 

When it comes to surviving the tight government restrictions and rules around social distancing, Firth admits it’s not been easy.

“I’ve been drinking so much more than usual,” Firth admitted. “We’re not working from home, we’re surviving a pandemic while trying to work from home.”

“You have to laugh, or otherwise you’d just sob,” he said. As for taking care of your mental – and physical – health while in isolation, Firth’s tip is to “pour all the kombucha out, and pour in vodka.” 

You can listen to The Chaser Report on all your favourite podcasts platforms right now. 

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This One Cheap DIY Hack Will Blow Your Mind And WFH Life

Game changer.

Sadly, not everyone has the luxury of isolating in a 10-bed, 6-bath, $10M mansion like the Kardashians. In fact, there are plenty of us who have been forced to quarantine inside shoebox apartments and share houses. With so much time spent indoors, how do we DIY and hack our surroundings to make working from home as comfortable possible, without having to stage a mini series of The Block?

To answer that question, we spoke to Jessica Holsman, the best-selling author behind YouTube channel Study With Jess, on the most recent episode of It’s Been A Big Day For… LISTEN BELOW:

Not only has Jess appeared on recent eps of Bunnings’ new IG live stream DIY Live, but she’s a bit of an expert when it comes to giving your interiors a bit of love, without a helping hand.

When it comes to making the most of small spaces, Jess spoke about the importance of ‘dead space,’ which is, for example, “the space between clothing hanging off a pole, then there’s nothing in between.”

“In all your cupboards, in the kitchen as well, there’s a lot of that ‘dead space,'” she explained. “There are ways we can utilise that space…there are drawer organisers and storage solutions that I picked up at Bunnings.”

As for working from home, Jess emphasised the importance of good lighting – and that doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy a bunch of expensive new lamps and light fittings. According to Jess, it’s all in the bulbs.

“My environment plays a big role in my motivation and my sense of calm,” Jess explains. “You need good lighting. We bought boxes of cold, white light globes and changed all the globes in the apartment – it was literally night day.”

“Even just having a good desk lamp available is so important.”

Who would’ve thought something as simple as changing your light bulbs could shake up your makeshift office so much?

According to research conducted by Bunnings, 65% of Australians have at least one unfinished DIY job to do. While that might seem daunting, research has also found that 1 in 5 Australians will undertake a DIY project at home this Easter long weekend, with general gardening, decluttering, painting and landscaping topping the list of activities planned.

Before you start planning a mass renovation in your head, beware of biting off more than you can chew. “Start small – start with a little project and see how you go with your confidence,” Jess says. “Don’t expect perfection.”

With so much time on our hands and all of it spent inside, there’s every reason to turn lemons into lemonade and flex some DIY skills to make your working and living environment as comfortable as it can be.

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Josh Gad Wins WFH, Voices 'Frozen' Spin-Off From His Lounge

How to build a snowman, remotely.

There’s plenty of doom and gloom following the warpath of the global pandemic right now, including the delay on many highly-anticipated film releases. However, it’s not all bad. Disney animator Hyrum Osmond and Josh Gad have teamed up on the new Frozen spin-off series At Home With Olaf. The best part? The whole thing has been created from home.

Hear about all the details and other bingeworthy films and TV shows below:

According to Deadline, Jennifer Lee – who is the head of Disney Animation and director of Frozen I and II, gave Gad a call, asking him if he’d be happy to reprise the role of Olaf from home. 

“So, I did,” he told Deadline. “It was a little bit of a challenge because I’m not good technically, and now we’re releasing Olaf shorts!”

Taking to Twitter, Gad told his followers, “the sheer volume and production value of these is a testament to the brilliant animators and post production team at @DisneyAnimation.”

At Home With Olaf is just one of many ways animation and film studios are innovating, and even capitalising off the pandemic and government restrictions forcing people to stay home.

A bunch of films have been given an early release due to COVID-19 including Frozen II, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, The Hunt, Emma, Trolls: World Tour, Birds of Prey, The Gentlemen, Cats, Dolittle and it just gets better.

If you missed catching the Oscar-winning horror Parasite when it was released last year, you can catch up on the hype when it lands on Stan on April 11th. 

These early digital releases and shorts created specifically for on-demand platforms continue to blur the line between cinema viewing and online streaming. Who knows? Perhaps the pandemic will change the way we consume film and TV for good. 

One thing is guaranteed, and that is there will be no more bored kids in isolation after they get their peepers on At Home With Olaf.

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