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Interview with Dave Hughes

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Hughesy, we have a problem…

Hughesy WE Have a Problem: I lost your interview!

I love Dave Hughes or, as he’s been known by Australia for well over a decade, ‘Hughesy’. He’s got this trademark laconic style that just seems to leave you thinking about those darkly wicked thoughts you weren’t game to give voice to. Well Dave Hughes has them too. And he voices them.

The man who became famous on Rove for not getting a date is now very happily married with three gorgeous kids; he’s on the Hit Network with Hughesy and Kate (Kate Langbroek), and he hosts the popular Network 10 show Hughesy We Have a Problem. While he’s achieved the dizzy heights of TV and radio acclaim that most comics will only ever dream about, Hughesy still loves standup. Well I think you could say he loves it the most. That’s what he told me in the interview that I seem to have lost. That’s really embarrassing. In 17 years of doing this job, I have never lost an interview. Except for Hughesy. Oops. I can still remember our conversation though. So I’ll tell you what he told me. Kind of more like a ‘I had a conversation with Hughesy you should have been there’ than an actual interview. In fact, it would be true to say ‘Hughesy we have a problem, I lost your interview’. So now I guess I get to be Dave Hughes. Like a giant big-breasted blonde avatar. 

Dave has never stopped performing as a standup – it’s his first love, and performing standup is all about keeping yourself current. Nothing tests a comic like live standup. Dave has evolved his routine over the years – he’s very aware that you just can’t keep doing jokes like ‘how good was Cathy Freeman at the Sydney Olympics’. He’s never wanted to be one of those comics who rests on his achievements or the glory of his best gags. He’s constantly innovating and working his material. That’s why Dave is fronting up for a run of shows at the Brunswick Picture House this January. 

Work in Progress is a chance for Hughesy lovers to get up close and personal as he works up his show for the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Dave has barely missed a festival – that one hour of new material EVERY year. You’d be surprised how quickly a year comes around, and then bang, you’re back up there doing it all again! The average punter doesn’t realise how much it takes to create a new hour of comedy every year! So this is a chance to see it take shape right in front of your eyes! 

The man that The Herald Sun called the ‘Standup Comedy King’ sorts his standup, gathers his gags, and polishes his punches at the Brunswick Picture House from Wednesday 9 January till Sunday 13 January at 7pm. All tickets are $30/35. Don’t miss it!


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Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

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