Q: Did you think the gig was up on Before the Game when Ten lost the footy rights? A: No, I knew we would stay on air, pretty much all the way through the negotiations. There was a bit of a shake- up with senior management, but the new boss was keen to lock us in because the ratings were good and, you know, people love the show. WITH the footy season about to kick off, Dave Hughes’ already busy life will only get busier. He’ll be on telly seven nights a week and on breakfast radio every weekday. Oh, and he’s appearing in a show during the Comedy Festival on most nights in April too. Q: Hard to believe that this is the show’s 10th year. When you started, how long did you think it would last? A: We were happy to see it last a few weeks. We were called After the Game and didn’t come on until 10pm or so . . . once we came on early, we sort of found our audience and away we went. Q: You’re working seven days a week now, has anyone told you that something has got to give? A: Yeah, I think my wife might have said that a few times, well, a lot of times, but I tell her that a lot of people have jobs where they never see their kids and I manage to get home every day from 11am1pm to spend some time with them. Q: Do you ever miss the old stand- up days? A: I do miss that lifestyle . . . sleeping in and lounging around and then shuffling off at 7pm or 8pm to talk a bit of rubbish at a pub somewhere in front of some plonkers. Yeah, I miss it all right. Q: But you are doing a show for the Comedy Festival in Melbourne? A: It’s called The Comeback because I didn’t do one last year. That’s going to add to the workload obviously. I guess I am going to be pretty tired by the end of April.