Dave bares all on stage

Stand-up co­me­dian Dave Hughes shares the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of hav­ing to ne­glect his fam­ily du­ties

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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