Hamish Blake Has Been Crashing People’s Zoom Meetings and We Volunteer as Tribute
If you slide into Hamish Blake's DMs with a time, Zoom ID and password, the comedian and presenter might turn up to inject a bit of humour into your morning meeting. We've all been having them since we started working from home, as well as plenty of virtual social hangouts — isn't there always "Zoom for one more?"
In clips posted to Instagram, Hamish crashed university tutorials, staff briefings, meetings of airforce professionals, and even the executive team at online fashion retailer, The Iconic.
In the caption for Mar. 30's selection, Hamish wrote that he's been sent 1200 or so invitations "for me to waltz silently into your uni classes/family catch ups/beers/work meetings so I may learn and/or contribute to your business and/or drink during the day".
"I'm going to keep doing this," he promised. "It's too much fun . . ."
Hamish first posted the idea on Saturday, writing: "Seems like everyone is busy doing zoom meetings and classes, while I sit here doing NO meetings and learning NOTHING from any classes. That's about to change."
He offered to "try to swing past for a bit" this week to some virtual meet-ups: "We're all in this together guys so let's really get down to work and learn some stuff and do some good meetings. 👍."
At the all-staff briefing for a primary school in Tasmania, Hamish interrupted to ask about the problem that is Year 5. "We all know they're a unique year," he said, before complimenting one staff member for their amazing work. He ended the crashed meeting with the inspirational, "We'll be wobbled but we won't fall."
Then at an airforce flight log meeting, Hamish commanded everyone's attention, and advocated for a change in uniform — to a gold bomber jacket, and no pants. "I'm surprised no one else is wearing their flight jackets, I thought this was an official airforce-type meeting."
Talking to Fitzy & Wippa this morning, Hamish said that he's crashed a wedding reception, birthday parties, staff meetings and uni tutorials. And he talked about that Airforce flight log meeting.
"A guy emailed me and said, "Hey mate, just pop into our flight log meeting. There will be a few sergeants, few high-ranking people, but should be interesting for you!" So I went in there. The lady running it, who I assume is a high-ranking officer, as soon as she saw me come up, she said, "Ah no, this is a work call!'"
At The Iconic, Hamish suggested they offer everyone a $250 voucher, because, as the Head of Finance, he knows they have the money to do it. Everyone on the call seemed thrilled, except a German employee, who had no idea who Hamish was.