Journalist Joe Hildebrand is tackling the big issues of the world with humour in his new comedy series Sh--sville Express on ABC2. TV Guide caught up with the presenter to find out about his favourite things.
Movie: Anything with Superman in it, except, obviously, Superman Returns.
Book: Actually I’ve just written a book which is due to come out just before Christmas. It’s about-oh sorry, wrong plug. TV show: T.J. Hooker. Band or singer: I was actually once in a band called Luke Warm and the Tepids. In fact I was Luke. So if you come across any albums from that group I’d strongly recommend not buying them.
Album: Obviously I was joking about the last question. We didn’t make any albums. We always thought we should focus on getting gigs. Also we didn’t get any gigs.
Karaoke song: There is a golden rule in karaoke you should never do ballads. I say rules were made to be broken. My rendition of the Bee Gees’ To Love
Somebody has been known to leave people in tears. For varying reasons.
Gadget: Like most people trying to juggle a hectic work-life balance, I have a hi-tech smartphone that enables my wife to contact me wherever I am at any time of the day or night.
Holiday spot: Anywhere that didn’t have chains on the walls would be a refreshing change.
Sport to follow or play: I like the really hardcore sports where people punch their opponents in the face. So I’m a pretty big fan of cricket.
Dinner conversation topics: Politics and swearing. Although for some reason I don’t seem to get invited to as many dinner parties as I used to.
Room in your house: Bathroom. It’s cold and it’s mouldy but at least there’s a lock on the door and no one can sit next to you.
Place to hide from everyone: See above.
Art piece: Bridge Over Troubled Water.
He’s got a lovely singing voice.
Item you can’t live without: That’s a hard one but I guess I’d have to say my defibrillator is right up there.
Luxury product: I remember when I was a kid my mother gave me a rock to play with. Sure things have changed a lot since then but I’ve still got the rock to remind me of more decadent times.
Meal of all time: Roast lamb. Dish to cook: Roast lamb.
Family recipe: Roast lamb. Ingredient: Lamb.
Guilty pleasure: I’m not prone to indulgence or letting myself go. It’s all about moderation. And so I have a large three-piece feed from KFC just once a day and that’s it – no more.
Bar: If I tell people what my favourite bar is then I’m just going to get mobbed by fans fawning over me with false praise. It’s Rooty Hill RSL.
Restaurant: Am I allowed to say KFC again? Not sure if I’ve been to any others.
Cafe´: There’s this excellent place near the train station that sells potato scallops for 60 cents. That counts as a cafe´ doesn’t it?
Style icon: Yes I am, thank you. Glad someone finally noticed.
Fashion designer: I like the ones behind all the cutting edge high-end labels like Wasabi, Moby, Carte Blanche and J.Lo.
Piece of clothing: It’s hard to say. I actually have several and next year I’m working towards getting a pair of pants.
Shop: For me I don’t feel like I’m in a genuine fashion house unless it has bric-a-brac.
Artist: I like all the ones in the ’80s who used lots of bright colours and pastels and screen-printed pictures of koalas and boomerangs and the Sydney Opera House. There’s just something about their work that whispers timeless classic.