Educating Julia: Hughesy tells tales out of school

A TOUR of comedian Dave Hughes’ Warrnambool was not complete without a stop off at the Dirty Angel.

Hughes stopped in at some of his old haunts yesterday to film Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery.

Arriving in a 1970s Holden Kingswood, Hughes and host Julia Zemiro toured the school after visiting St Pius X Primary School, Middle Island, Cheeseworld, Deakin University, Hughes’ childhood home — and the much-maligned war memorial statue.

“We’re seeing as much as possible,” Hughes said.

“This is our second-last stop. I’m very proud of Warrnambool. It’s a beautiful spot. I’m happy for Julia to show it off on a national network.”

While at Emmanuel, Hughes — who was dux of 1988 when it was Christian Brothers College — recalled how he was often sent to the principal’s office.

“It was just for being silly,” he said.

“In year 12 I can remember being with others and burping in the library. That got us to the principal’s office. We were in massive trouble. But is there anything better than the joy of laughing?”

In each episode in the ABC series Zemiro accompanies a well-known person to their childhood home to relive memories.

“Each episode we arrive in a different car,” Zemiro said.

Hughes grew up with a 1970s Kingswood and coincidentally, the car for yesterday’s filming was hired from a man who lives in the same street as Hughes’ mum.

For Zemiro the show provides an opportunity to learn where people have come from.

“I’ve met Dave a few times,” she said.

“It’s funny. They’re people I know but they’re not my best friends.”

Last month Hughes quit his high-rating radio show and signed off from The Project on TV last week to concentrate on his stand-up career.

“I’ll be on stage every night next year,” he said.

“Stand-up is something that evolves on stage.”

His episode of Home Delivery is expected to air in May or June.

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