26 November 1970 |
|Show||Hughesy & Kate|
|Time slot||6:00 - 9:00 a.m. weekdays|
|Style||Breakfast Show Host|
David William "Hughesy" Hughes (born 26 November 1970, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia), an Australian stand-up comedian, and a radio and television presenter. He is currently a co-host on Network Ten's The Project and Before the Game, as well as on the breakfast radio show Hughesy and Kate. He is known for his larrikin personality, drawling Australian accent, and deadpan comedic delivery.
Personal life 
After graduating from high school in 1988, Hughes very briefly (6 weeks) studied at university.
He married Holly Ife, a reporter with the Herald Sun, on 31 December 2006. They have three children together, Rafferty David (born April 2009), Sadie May (born April 2011) and Tess Clementine (born 22 January 2013).
He gave up drinking alcohol when he was 22 after deciding that it had become a bad influence in his life.
After leaving university, it was seven years before Hughes found work as a stand-up comedian and he did a variety of jobs including working at an abattoir, as a bricklayer's labourer and a shop assistant.
After dreaming about being a comedian since he was a youngster, his first comedy gig came at age 22 when he was living in Perth doing labouring jobs and he decided, "I'm going to have a crack". Appearing onstage he acknowledges that he was "just horrible" but after three attempts over six months he gained his confidence and went on to become a headline act.
He is a regular performer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Some of his shows have been released on CD (Dave Hughes: Whatever), and on DVD (Dave Hughes Live, as well as Dave Hughes - Handy).
Television presenting 
Hughes worked on Australian television show Rove in 2007, with a weekly "Hughesy Loses It" segment. In 2008–09, the segment evolved into a recurring segment known as "Help me Hughesy," where he would rant about a given topic.
On 20 July 2009, Hughes started co-hosting the half-hour Channel 10 show The 7PM Project, since expanded to become the hour-long The Project. His regular co-hosts are Charlie Pickering, and Carrie Bickmore. In June 2011, Hughes was one of the few people to be granted a one-on-one interview with the Dalai Lama during his visit to Australia.
Radio presenting 
Since 2001, Hughes has co-hosted, with Kate Langbroek, the weekday breakfast program Hughesy & Kate from 6am to 9am on Melbourne's Nova 100. In the past, he has worked for the Triple M network of Australian active rock radio stations.
In 2005, Hughes appeared in a series of television commercials for the Australian car manufacturer Holden.
Early in his career, Hughes had a brief appearance in an episode of Neighbours playing a farmer named Knuckles who punched the character of Harold Bishop (Ian Smith) in the face and became embroiled in scandalous relationship with Toadie (Ryan Moloney).
Kyle Sandilands 
During the 2007 Logie Awards, which he co-hosted with Adam Hills and Fifi Box, Hughes referred to radio shock-jock Kyle Sandilands as a "massive dickhead" to applause and laughter from the audience. Later that year, when interviewed on Enough Rope with Andrew Denton, Sandilands said of Hughes, "I hate him – the next time I see him I'm going to punch him in the throat." Hughes retorted by releasing an official apology, which said in part that Hughes was "sincerely and deeply sorry that Kyle Sandilands is a massive dickhead" and that "massive dickheads have the same rights as normal people."
- Enough Rope with Andrew Denton transcript. 30 December 2004 | Retrieved 3 April 2013
- "So Hughes laughing now?". Herald Sun. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
- "Comedian Dave Hughes welcomes his first child Rafferty". The Daily Telegraph. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
- "All in the delivery for Dave". Herald Sun. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
- Dave 'Hughesy' Hughes shares first picture of newborn baby with Twitter fans | News Ltd 23 January 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013
- None for the road | The Age 10 December 2005. Retrieved 3 April 2013
- Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says his family were ‘bitter' following his departure from Collingwood | Herald Sun 2 April 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013
- The Dalai Lama made fun of my 'crazy eyes' - Dave Hughes | Herald Sun 10 June 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2013
- Dave Hughes Live – ABC Shop – The Home of Australian Content
- McManus, Gerard (1 November 2006). "ABC stones Glass House". Herald Sun. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
- "Rove Daily – Help Me Hughesy! – Rove Daily – Petespace – Exclusive Video Clips, Behind the Scenes Footage and Hughesy's Biography". Archived from the original on 14 April 2009.
- Winners By Year | Aria Awards. Retrieved 3 April 2013
- "Denton makes Kyle see red". NEWS.com.au. 22 August 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
- "Sorry you're a dickhead, Kyle". NEWS.com.au. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2011.