Hughes in February 2009
|Born||David Willam Hughes
26 November 1970
|Spouse(s)||Holly (m. 2006)|
He is known for being a co-host on Network Ten's Before the Game, until the show finished in 2013. He is also known for his larrikin personality, drawling Australian accent, and deadpan comedic delivery.
After graduating from the all-boys Christian Brothers' College, Warrnambool in 1988, where he was Dux, Hughes briefly studied IT at Swinburne University in Melbourne, and then Accounting at Deakin University in Warrnambool before dropping out to eventually pursue a career in comedy.
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, Dave Hughes - Handy and David Hughes - Pointless).
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 began co-hosting the half-hour Channel 10 show The 7PM Project, which later expanded to become the hour-long The Project. His regular co-hosts were 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.
In December 2013, Hughes resigned from his full-time position on The Project to return to stand-up comedy. Hughes will, however, appear once a week on the show from wherever he is around the country. Hughes is quoted as saying, "It's definitely a tough decision, as we have had so many unbelievable moments on the desk. You meet some of the biggest stars in the world and chat with them and have some wonderful times". Hughes will begin a year-long round of stand-up engagements around Australia, in Adelaide in February 2014, where he and his family will be based for five weeks before moving onto other venues.
In October 2014, Hughes guest-starred in an episode of ABC-TV's Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery, in which Zemiro accompanied Hughes back to his home-town of Warrnambool to reminisce about his childhood and to explore what influenced him to embark on a career in comedy.
In December 2001, Hughes joined comedians Kate Langbroek and Dave O'Neil to co-host a weekday breakfast program Hughesy, Kate & Dave 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. Dave O'Neil later left the station to join Vega 91.5.
On 10 September 2013, Hughes and co-host Langbroek announced that 2013 will be their last year of breakfast radio together.
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 a scandalous relationship with Toadie (Ryan Moloney).
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."
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(Hughes graduated from) the Christian Brothers' College, Warrnambool, where he graduated dux in 1988
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