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The New Zealand Herald, Auckland, 7 January 2016
Twelve Questions: Leigh Hart
Comedian Leigh Hart rose to TV fame as That Guy on the programme Sports Cafe. The Radio Hauraki DJ co-hosts cult comedy series Late Night Big Breakfast, now available on-demand on NZME's WatchMe.
1. As a child, did you want to be on TV?
We didn't have a TV. I grew up in Peru in a village at the top
of the Andes, higher than Mt Cook.
I remember thinking when I was sent to board at Christ's College I'd be fitter than the other kids. Turns out I wasn't.
3. Was Christchurch a culture shock after Peru?
It felt like when you start late and you've missed the first few classes. There were experiences you hadn't shared. I saw things in a more international way. In those days, Christ's College was pretty full-on. They still had caning and the fagging system. There was a lot of bullying, psychological and physical. I kind of embraced the ridiculousness of it, the adversity of those stupid rules. There was a prisoner of war mentality, like you're all in it together trying to beat the system. I ended up with the caning record of 40 strokes in one term.
4. Where were you caned?
On the backside, with your pants on. The maximum was six
strokes at one time, which was fairly extreme. Your bum would be
corrugated, black and blue and bleeding. I never did really bad
things, just sneaking out of chapel and stuff. There was every
chance you'd get caught. It would've been easier just to go to
chapel but it was the principle of the thing. Funnily enough I
got on well with all the teachers. Joe Bennett, who I now work
with, was my English teacher. He wasn't a caner. I was in
Flower's House, as was Charles Upham VC. He was our hero. He
wasn't particularly academic or good at sports and got into a bit
of trouble for sneaking out but we all know what he went on to do.
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