Q& Awith

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Eguide Television - ROSS BRUN­DRETT BE­FORE THE GAME, TDT, Satur­day, 6.30pm

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.

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