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

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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.

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