Tough Gig sees top comedians have just one week to prepare for a stand-up performance in front of a whole new crowd.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Tough Gig - Hi-5 (Australian band) - Netflix
Hi-5 are an Australian children's musical group formed in 1998, who are associated with the children's television series of the same name. As of December 2016, the members are Lachie Dearing, Courtney Clarke, Shay Clifford, Joe Kalou and Bailey Spalding. The group is aimed at preschoolers, composed of five performers who entertain and educate children through music, movement and play. Hi-5 was created by Helena Harris and Posie Graeme-Evans, initially a television series for the Nine Network, which premiered in 1999. The cast of the show became a recognised musical group for children. The original members were Kellie Crawford, Kathleen de Leon Jones, Nathan Foley, Tim Harding and Charli Robinson. Four of their albums reached the top 10 on the ARIA Albums Chart, It's a Party (No. 4, July 2000), Boom Boom Beat (No. 3, August 2001), It's a Hi-5 Christmas (No. 4, December 2001) and Hi-5 Hits (No. 10, July 2003). This line-up had been completely phased out by the end of 2008, following de Leon Jones, who left on maternity leave in 2006. The membership has since changed several times. The brand has produced numerous television series, music albums, worldwide tours and merchandise. The appeal of the group overseas has led to international versions. The television series features puppet characters Chatterbox and Jup Jup, who are popular associates of the group and are included in the live stage shows. Hi-5 were one of Australia's highest paid entertainment entities, placing in the Business Review Weekly's annual list several times, earning an estimated A$18million in 2009. The members of Hi-5 are employees of the brand and do not hold equity. Their albums have been certified by ARIA as double platinum (It's a Party), platinum (Jump and Jive with Hi-5, Boom Boom Beat, It's a Hi-5 Christmas) and gold (Celebrate). By 2004 the original line-up had received five consecutive Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Music Awards in the same category, Best Children's Album, a then-record. By that time they had also received three Logie Television Awards for Most Outstanding Children's Program. Foley stated that Hi-5 set a benchmark for a new style of non-traditional children's entertainment. Hi-5 broke into the South East Asian market after the brand was sold by the Nine Network in 2012. Nine renewed its partnership with the franchise in 2016.
Tough Gig - Early success - Netflix
Hi-5 had initial success throughout the early years, winning the 2000 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Children's Program, and ARIA Award for Best Children's Album for Jump and Jive with Hi-5. Hi-5 continued to film one television series and record one music album each year, with their releases consistently receiving album accreditations; Celebrate was certified as gold, while Jump and Jive with Hi-5, Boom Boom Beat and It's a Hi-5 Christmas went platinum, and It's a Party received double platinum status. Four of their albums reached the top 10 on the ARIA Albums Chart, It's a Party (No. 4, July 2000), Boom Boom Beat (No. 3, August 2001), It's a Hi-5 Christmas (No. 4, December 2001) and Hi-5 Hits (No. 10, July 2003). Hi-5 also toured nationally every year, with sell-out concerts in venues such as the Sydney Opera House. The quintet's production of Hi-5 Alive won the 2002 Helpmann Award for “Best Children's Stage Show”. In 2001 and occasions earlier, the cast stated that they never did not expect that Hi-5 would become so successful. Robinson explained that it was not until they went on tour that they realised their popularity. Crawford described the band as “a pop group for kids”. In 2002, it was revealed that Crawford and Foley were in a personal relationship. The couple were engaged in 2005, however called off the wedding plans in late 2006. The TV series had a successful premiere in the UK in early 2003, which led the group to tour in 2004 with the award-winning Hi-5 Alive show, later returning in 2005 and 2006. New Zealand and Singapore were also frequent touring destinations. In 2005, Hi-5 performed in arena venues around Australia, in order to “maximise the crowds”. By the end of 2005, Hi-5 had performed to a total audience of over one and a half million people around the world. Group members expressed just how demanding their role in the group had been, describing the job as “hard work” and “a tough gig”, with touring for nine months of every year and filming the television series for most of the remainder, creating little time in their lives for anything else. Members also saw importance of being “career driven” and in portraying a positive image of themselves to the public in their personal lives, being “always on”. However, the cast insisted that the stressful work was justified by seeing a smile on a child's face, and described the bond between the members as “like family”. In 2005 Harding stated the lifestyle was “quite hard in the beginning.” In October 2015 Robinson stated she had tried to leave the group “after eight years” but was convinced by producers to stay. She expressed that the following years she spent with the group were her favourite, and that she was proud of her decision to continue.
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