Who are Maso’ and Ads?

Maso' co-hosting the 2009 Logie awards with Gretel Killeen

Maso’
Maso’, christened Mason Hell-Cat, was thrust into the televisual limelight as a youngster when he appeared on the now defunct ‘Romper Room’ in 1981. This was to be his first of many television appearances, and the first use of the name ‘Maso’ by Miss Helena.

From there, Maso’ rapidly became something of an expert in accurately re-enacting scenes from all his favourite television shows including ‘The Greatest American Hero’, ‘Different Strokes’, and ‘Golden Girls’ in his maturing years. This home theatre lead him to amateur theatre where he secured a role as the Sergeant of Police at the Revesby Worker’s Club ‘Pirates of Penzance’ extravaganza – a role lasting an astounding four seasons. It was here that he was head hunted by a young Reg Grundy, and put to work as set-dresser on the original ‘Wheel of Fortune’. It was during this time that he met his partner in crime, Ads ‘The Faystar’ Fay, with who he still works with to this day.

20 years later and there isn’t a showbiz personality Maso’ hasn’t worked with, been to a cocktail party with, or whose hair he’s held out of the toilet at a Logies after party. Maso’ continually surprises the Australian public with appearances in ‘McCloud’s Daughters’, ‘All Saints’, and as a regular guest on the hit TV show ‘Spicks and Specks’. Taking a break from television in 2009, Maso’ rejoined his old pal Ads on the airways with a series of podcasts known as ‘TV Dinner with Maso’ and Ads’.


Ads and his infamous protest after being evicted from "Celebrity Big Brother"

ADS

As one of the most respected and recognizable faces on Australian television, there is surprisingly very little known about the early years of Ads “The Faystar” Fay.

Abandoned by his parents as a newborn, he was left in a basket on the footsteps of the channel 10 studios in Melbourne with only a scribbled apology note, some food scraps and wrapped in an old copy of TV Week. Luckily he was discovered the next morning by several crew members of the television drama, “Number 96”. Shocked to find the young, shivering child, they rushed him inside to the props department where he was quickly wrapped in one of Abigails bra’s to keep warm.

While he rarely discusses the details of the years that followed, we do know that at age 3, Ads was discovered by Johnny Young and thrust into the glittering world of Aussie showbiz and child exploitation as the youngest ever cast member of “Young Talent Time”. After being unceremoniously sacked from the program a year later for his dubious rendition of “Sweet Transvestite”, complete with fishnet stockings and high heels, Ads put the controversy behind him and went from strength to strength. He went on to appear in over 100 different television shows ranging from musical performances on “The Mike Walsh Show” to guest spots on “Blankety Blanks”.

After moving behind the scenes in the early 80’s, Ads wrote and produced several high profile TV programs including the acclaimed miniseries, “A Feather Too Far” which chronicled the often unspoken and tragic upbringing of Ossie Ostrich. But it was on the set of the criminally ignored sitcom, “Crikey, Who Sharted?” where he struck up a friendship with a young actor known only as Maso’. The two hit it off immediately and went on to become heavyweights within the industry and great mates outside of it.

In 2009 he was offered a lucrative contract to join forces with Maso and create a series of podcasts which would later become famously known as “TV Dinner with Maso and Ads”.

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