Dave Hughes

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One of Australia’s brightest comedic stars, Dave Hughes is often described as “a typical Aussie bloke” and it is this trait, along with his honesty, that has made him such a relatable personality and household name.

Born in Warnambool in 1970, Dave comes from a typical working class family. His dad Des was a painter by trade and his mum Carmel worked as a midwife and nurse. The youngest of four kids, Dave has an older brother and twin sisters, all born within five years of one another. It is this foundation that has paved the way for the strong family values that Dave holds today.

Dave was a quiet kid who used to worry too much, but he also had a larrikin personality which has clearly never left him. He was smart and finished dux of his school, but he is adamant that he didn’t get a very good score and it was a bad year for the school on an academic level.

At the age of 18, Dave moved to Melbourne and completed a six week Information Technology course at Swinburne, but extreme homesickness saw him return home. He transferred to Deakin University in Warnambool and started his Bachelor of Accounting, but in the second semester of his second year he failed all of his subjects and dropped out.

Dave played football in the local regional league, and worked in an abattoir hosing off bloody carcasses. He also briefly worked as a bricklayer labourer and shop assistant.

At the age of 22, Dave was spending most of his free time smoking bongs in the bath or getting drunk. After experiencing depression he decided to give up drugs and alcohol, and found that he liked himself better sober. He hasn’t touched alcohol or drugs since.

Not long after becoming sober, Dave headed to Perth and worked in a few labouring jobs while pursuing his stand-up career. At his first comedy gig no-one laughed, but after a few more attempts and some confidence building he went on to become a headline act. Dave moved back to Melbourne in 1995 and became a regular performer in comedy clubs.

After a great response to his act in the televised Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala in 1999, his stand-up career took off and he hasn’t looked back.

He started doing regular radio spots on RRR that year, which would be the start to a successful career in radio.
Dave Hughes took on a regular hosting spot alongside Wil Anderson and Corrine Grant on the ABC program The Glasshouse in 2001. In December that year he joined Kate Langbroek and Dave O’Neil doing breakfast radio on the new Melbourne radio station Nova 100.

Throughout the years, Dave became increasingly busy with work commitments. From hosting the popular AFL show Before The Game between 2003-2013, to appearing weekly on Rove between 2007-2009. In mid-2009 he teamed up with Carrie Bickmore and Charlie Pickering in the new Channel Ten program The Project, which delivered the news of the day, with a much-needed touch of humour and personality.

He continued to be a host on the popular show until he announced that he would be leaving to focus on his family, and going back to his roots of stand-up comedy at the end of 2013. It was also in this year that the long-running Hughesy and Kate show came to an end, closing the chapter on a 12-year partnership with Kate Langbroek in breakfast radio. This hiatus didn’t last long however, with Hughesy and Kate returning to the airwaves in 2015 with a nationwide drive show on Mix FM and KIIS.

Always keeping busy, Dave now hits the airwaves on his radio show while travelling around the country with his stand-up tour, and is the hottest comedy act both nationally and internationally.

He stills finds the time to drop into The Footy Show on Channel Nine during the AFL season – a sport he is truly passionate about.

When it comes to his personal life, Dave Hughes is very much a family man. He met his journalist wife Holly in 2002 and they got married in 2006. They also have three children – Rafferty, Sadie, and Tess.

Dave often says that he would like one more kid because they are a great source of comedic material, but according to his wife, that isn’t a good enough reason.

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