Comedian Dave Hughes shares his love of stand-up with Laura Brodnik.
Dave Hughes remembers the first time he was paid for a stand-up comedy gig as one of the best moments of his life. It was only around $50, but for the funny man who’d always dreamed of a career on the stage it was the push he needed to keep going.
“Just the idea that somebody would pay me for my words, let alone let me get up on stage, was incredible to me,” Hughes says. “It was something I’d wanted for a long time.”
Nowadays Dave Hughes has a jam packed schedule that includes co-hosting The Project , appearing on Behind the Game and winding up a 12 year run on the Nova 100 Melbourne breakfast radio show. However, live stand-up comedy remains his first love and that’s why he’ll be appearing in Brisbane for one night only at Eatons Hill Hotel.
“That’s what I love doing, I like the immediacy of it and the reaction I get from the live crowd,” he says. “It’s been hard though balancing the radio show with my other work and my wife and I have three kids to look after so most of the time I’m a bit out of it. Now that the radio show is finishing up I want to devote time to doing the comedy shows and hopefully get a big multi-city tour together. My wife says we should put the kids in a caravan and we’ll just set off around Australia on tour so we’ll see if that happens.”
Since his big break in 1999 at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, when he was forced to spontaneously move his performance from a tiny bar to a 300-seat room at the Melbourne Town Hall, Hughes has become known for his laid-back comedy style.
“I find material in everyday life, my kids, my wife, family and friends. So far I’ve had very few complaints,” he laughs. “In the future I want to create more projects that will be around for a long time so new people can discover my work. But there’s nothing like performing in front of a live crowd, I still get nervous before I go on stage but once I get on a roll it goes away.”
So what can Brisbane expect from Dave Hughes upcoming performance?
“I predict I’m going to be feeling very funny,” he says in a serious tone. “Very, very funny.”
Dave Hughes will perform at Eatons Hill Hotel, 646 South Pine Road, Eatons Hill on Saturday 26 October at 7:30pm. Contact the venue for ticket information.