Dave bares all on stage
Stand-up comedian Dave Hughes shares the trials and tribulations of having to neglect his family duties
HIS family may not be too impressed with his travels on tour but Dave Hughes can’t help himself. Stand-up comedy is a love he just can’t quit.
The funnyman is heading to Rooty Hill RSL on Saturday with a show titled, somewhat ironically, Sweet.
It covers some pretty personal territory. Too personal, perhaps?
“I had a vasectomy recently, so I talk about that,” Hughes says.
“I talk about the trials and tribulations of being a mid-40s male with three small children and a long-suffering partner who tells it like it is, basically.”
That long-suffering partner is wife Holly. Asked what she and his kids make of him jetting around Australia on the tour, Hughes admits it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.
“It can be an issue, there’s no doubt about that,” Hughes says.
“The first day you’re away, everyone loves you. Then by about day five or six, I ring my wife and she goes, ‘what the (expletive) do you want?’”
Elaborating on their conversations, Hughes adds: “I say ‘I’m making my hay while the sun shines’. She often retorts with, ‘we’ve got enough hay. Don’t come home’. But I love it. I love doing stand-up comedy.”
Melbourne-based Hughes hosts a weekday drive show on FM radio with Kate Langbroek. He says part of the deal when he agreed to do drive was that he could continue doing stand-up.
It means sometimes he is not in the same studio as Langbroek when they go to air.
Eldest child Rafferty is seven and, far from being embarrassed when his dad talks about him in shows, he seems to be acting more like Hughes’ agent. “He’s happy to be talked about generally and he’s happy to get involved,” he says.
Sweet (for the over-18s) starts at 8pm. Tickets are $35. Details: rootyhillrls.com.au.