He performed over 250 stand-up comedy shows across four nations last year and now Australia’s favourite funny man Dave Hughes is “red hot” and ready to hit Hong Kong. We caught up with the true blue Aussie as he prepares to headline The Punchline Comedy Club from 15th to 17th January, to get the lowdown on the man from Down Under. From hosting his own breakfast radio show, to presenting The Project on prime-time TV in the evening, Hughesy (as he is affectionately known in his homeland) has been entertaining Aussie audiences for years. His hilarious observations on everyday life, mixed with loving digs about his wife and kids, delivered in his drawling Aussie accent and deadpan style made him a hit back home. But when it comes to winning over the crowd across the globe, he reckons it all boils down to speaking the truth. “I think people are looking for honesty in comedy and I hope I deliver that,” Hughesy told Localiiz. “Humans generally have the same personal issues wherever they live. As long as you don't give them references they don't understand, it's the same everywhere I reckon. I’ve traveled to LA, Montreal, London, and Edinburgh in 2014 and found different audiences laughed at the same stuff.” Successfully mastering the universal language of comedy, however, doesn’t take him away from his homegrown Aussie roots he admits. “Some words don't travel though. The term 'skoll', which means drink very quickly, isn't used in USA or UK as I found out!” His journey to the stage was an unusual one, and it wasn’t until after he had dabbled in life as a university student, an abattoir worker, a bricklayer's labourer, and a shop assistant that he discovered his one true love, stand-up comedy. “I had an inkling I was funny in my early teens and I've always loved comedy. So after failing uni due to lack of enthusiasm I decided to follow my dream,” he explained.
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