LAUGHTER AS BEST SOLUTION
Zany comedian Dave Hughes’ upcoming show aims to help solve the problems of everyday Aussies but the mission is easier said than done
BELOVED Australian comedian Dave Hughes is in an unusual predicament. He wants more problems.
“I’m really desperate for problems,” he declared at last week’s Channel 10 Upfronts, where the station revealed what viewers can look forward to in 2018. His new show, Hughesy, We
Have a Problem, takes everyday Aussies’ problems and solves them with a panel of other comedians. Well, sometimes. “There’s not a lot of answers,” he says, laughing.
“It’s easy to discuss problems, but it’s really hard to come up with an actual solution. They keep saying to me, ‘You need to wrap it up at the end. You need a definitive answer.’ I’m like, well, I don’t know! I’m not God!’”
So if you’ve got a problem, send it to Hughesy.
“I’m certainly not qualified, but what I am is a listener,” he says. “A problem shared is a problem halved, or so they say.
“We laugh about it – yes, definitely – but we also relate to it …. People will feel they’re not alone.”
One problem Hughesy himself had recently was the announcement that the Logies would be moving to the Gold Coast from his hometown of Melbourne after 30 years.
The 46-year-old assures Play magazine he’s come around to the idea, hinting he may be feeling a touch of buyer’s regret after making headlines for splashing out on a unit from The Block last month.
“I love the Gold Coast,” he says. “I’m forever looking at Gold Coast real estate thinking it’s undervalued. I could have bought three great houses on the Gold Coast for what I paid for one on The Block.
“I look at realestate.com and I look at the Gold Coast a lot. And I imagine my boat coming up the canal, I’m parking the boat and there’s a swimming pool there with my wife and two daughters.
“But I imagine the sunsets and the great weather and the value. The value! It’s going to go through the roof.”
Hughesy, We Have a Problem starts on Channel 10 in 2018
Dave Hughes will be on our screens next year with a panel of other comedians in Hughesy, We Have a Problem.