The Wiggles accidentally break the ‘fourth wall’ on The Project in awkward live TV blunder… before jokingly introducing viewers to their newest band member ‘Captain Ladder’
They recently announced a mammoth tour across Australia next year, to celebrate 30 years of being the world’s most popular children’s entertainment group.
But as The Wiggles discussed the tour on Tuesday’s episode of The Project, the band suffered a hilarious on-air blunder – as they accidentally broke the ‘fourth wall’ and unveiled an unwitting staff member stood on a ladder to the nation.
The blunder happened as the band began performing their hit song ‘Toot Toot’ as they rode off-screen in a pretend red car – before joking that the legs were a new band member, ‘Captain Ladder’, to cover up the funny mishap.
Awkward! As The Wiggles discussed the tour on Tuesday’s The Project, the band suffered a hilarious on-air blunder – as they accidentally broke the ‘fourth wall’ and unveiled an unwitting staff member stood on a ladder
‘I think we’ve just broken the fourth wall, that’s not how this was meant to go!’ host Waheed Aly laughed as the legs appeared on-screen.
‘A new character, Captain Ladder!’ Peter Helliar added.
The ‘fourth wall’ refers to the performance convention in which an invisible, imagined wall separates actors from the audience.
Despite the hiccup, the band – whose current line-up consists of Lachlan Gillespie, Emma Watkins, Anthony Field and Simon Pryce – also revealed they ‘can’t wait’ to return to perform on-stage for a string of dates next year.
Coming soon! The band – whose current line-up consists of (L-R) Emma Watkins, Lachlan Gillespie, Anthony Field and Simon Pryce – revealed on the show that they ‘can’t wait’ to return to perform on-stage for a string of dates next year
‘All of us around the country that are entertainers, we have been waiting for the moment to be able to get the green light to go out and do what we do – which is perform, play music and sing for our audiences,’ said Blue Wiggle Anthony.
‘We’re not alone in that we can’t wait to go out and perform.’
The band have had a number of line-up changes over the years – and have also enjoyed romances within the group.
Happily ever after: Lachy is now engaged to his ballet dancer girlfriend, Dana Stephensen. They welcomed twin daughters in September
Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins was previously married to Purple Wiggle Lachlan ‘Lachy’ Gillespie, but they split in 2018.
Lachy is now engaged to his ballet dancer girlfriend, Dana Stephensen. They welcomed twin daughters in September.
Dana also has a son named Jasper, four, who she shares with her photographer ex-husband, Michael Kai.
Meanwhile, Emma has also moved on and is dating The Wiggles’ musician Oliver Brian, 32.
Still friends: Despite ending their two-year marriage in 2018, Lachy and Emma have remained close friends and still perform together in The Wiggles