There is no person more synonymous with the Australian comedy scene than Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes.
Although this Aussie larrikin is a household name across the country, he said he wasn’t always on the path to being a comic.
“The idea of becoming a comedian was always bubbling away in the back of my mind,” he told the News. “I was failing university and I didn’t really like my information technology course, so I tried to do a business course instead, and still didn’t possess the focus. I was failing my last exams and thought I should put it all behind me.
“I thought I was funny as a teenager and thought to myself, ‘I reckon I can do this whole comedy thing’, so I gave it a shot. I failed terribly the first time I gave stand-up a go – no one really laughed – but I wanted to have another go and get back on the horse.”
The father of three’s perseverance paid off.
“I thought if I didn’t give it another go really quickly, I’d probably never do it again,” he said. “Six months later I saw an add in the paper for comedians at the same comedy club I performed at the first time. The second time around I was more composed and felt like I really found my feet.
“As I walked up on stage, it occurred to me I had nothing to prove. By having another go I was already a winner.”
The Melbourne comedian and radio and television presenter will bring his new show Deluded to Castle Hill RSL after standout performances at Adelaide Fringe Festival and Canberra Comedy Festival earlier this year.
Hughes says Deluded is an evolving show that changes nightly looking at “a snapshot of where my life’s at at the moment”.
So what’s he deluded about?
“My importance in the scheme of things - I think we all are,” he laughs. “I remember once discussing ‘my brand’ – anyone who discusses their own brand needs to be slapped, basically.
“Whenever you spend a second worrying about what other people think about you, you’re deluded because you don’t realise they don’t think about you at all. No one could care less.”
“I always encourage aspiring comics to get off the couch and have a go,” he said. “It’s better to be bringing smiles to peoples faces rather than staying at home watching reality television.”
- 8.30pm, August 11, Castle Hill RSL, 77 Castle Street. Tickets: $40. Bookings: 8858 4800 or castlehillrsl.com.au.