‘We figured what the world REALLY needs right now is another video of celebrities singing to their phones,’ says Zoë Coombs Marr

A screengrab from Wash Your Hands, a song by comedians Zoe Coombs Marr and The Listies
 ‘Over a couple of Zooms, it got kind of Live Aid-epic.’ A screengrab from Wash Your Hands, a coronavirus-inspired song for children by Australian comedian Zoe Coombs Marr, The Listies (Richard Higgins and Matt Kelly) and Ryan Ritchie. Photograph: YouTube

Is your child is struggling to come to terms with the necessity of washing their hands during the coronavirus pandemic? Perhaps comedian Zoë Coombs Marr can help.

She’s has teamed up with comedy duo The Listies (Richard Higgins and Matt Kelly) to create Wash Your Hands: a song and video clip aimed at both entertaining and educating kids in the importance of cleaning one’s paws.

Coombs Marr told Guardian Australia the song was partly a product of isolation.

“So, basically The Listies and I were shut in our rooms, and wanted to kill some time by doing a fun little hand-washing song for kids,” Coombs Marr said.

The team, like so many in the world presently, began collaborating over video chat.

“It’s a pretty simple message – wash those hands! But then over a couple of Zooms, it got kind of Live Aid-epic. So we got music whiz Ryan Ritchie onboard, and then, since Gal Godot and all her mates were doing it, we figured what the world REALLY needs right now is another video of celebrities singing to their phones. So we did a ring-around,” she said.

Wash Your Hands

The song features cameos from Frank Woodley, Kate Mclennan and Kate McCartney of Get Krack!n’ fame, Susie Youssef, Julia Zemiro, Adam Hills, Tom Ballard and more.

“I’ve never done kids comedy before, so we did have a few ‘creative differences’,” Coombs Marr said.

Those creative differences became a feature of the clip.

“Zoe, have you ever done any kids’ comedy before?” asks Higgins in the opening sequence.

“No, I do esoteric meta-comedy about gender and the politics of space,” Coombs Marr replies. “And also fart jokes.”

“Perfect!”

The song already has its fans: one young fan even recorded his own version and posted it to Instagram.

“We’re told the kids are ROFLing,” Coombs Marr said. “We’re basically saving the world.”