Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes
Dave Hughes
Born 26 November 1970 (1970-11-26) (age 40)
Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
Show Hughesy & Kate
Station(s) Nova 100
Time slot 6:00 - 9:00 a.m. weekdays
Style Breakfast Show Host
Country Australia Australia
Website www.nova100.com.au

David William "Hughesy" Hughes (born 26 November 1970) is an Australian stand-up comedian, radio and television presenter. He is currently co-host on the Network Ten's The Project and Before the Game as well as the breakfast radio show Hughesy and Kate.




Hughes co-hosted the ABC comedy talk show The Glass House along with Wil Anderson and Corinne Grant. It was axed in 2006 amid political controversy.[1] He is recognisable for his larrikin personality, drawling Australian accent and deadpan comedic delivery. His catch cry gig-starter is variations on "Seriously" or "You know what, guys? I'm not happy tonight... " or "I'm angry tonight..." or occasionally, the surprising "I'm happy tonight...".[citation needed]

Hughes has had guest spots on television programs The Fat, Rove Live, The Panel, and Thank God You're Here. In the AFL season he is a part of the Network Ten Saturday night show Before The Game alongside Mick Molloy, Samantha Lane, Lehmo and Andrew Maher. Hughes is noted for being an avid Carlton supporter. Hughes has also appeared in a series of television commercials for Australian car manufacturer Holden. Early in his career, he also had a brief appearance in an episode of Neighbours, playing a creep.[citation needed]

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, Sandilands – being interviewed on Enough Rope with Andrew Denton – said he "hates Dave Hughes" and that "If I saw him I would punch him in the throat".[2] 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".[3]

Hughes worked on Australian television show Rove in 2007, with a weekly "Hughesy Loses It" segment. In 2008–09 the segment evolved into another segment on Rove, known as 'Help me Hughesy' where he would rant about topic that he needed to express to the viewers of the show most weeks.[4]

On 20 July 2009, Hughes started co-hosting the Channel 10 show 'The 7PM Project', alongside TV personalities Charlie Pickering, and Carrie Bickmore.


Since 2001, Hughes has co-hosted the breakfast program "Hughesy & Kate" from 6am to 9am on Melbourne's Nova 100 breakfast program on weekdays, with Kate Langbroek. In the past, he has worked on national radio station Triple M.

Stand-up comedy

He is a regular performer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Some of his performances have been released on CD, such as Dave Hughes: Whatever, and DVDs including "Dave Hughes Live", as well as "Dave Hughes is Handy", Hughes's latest DVD release[5]

Personal Life

Hughes has not had an alcoholic drink since he was 22.[6] He married Holly Ife, reporter with the Herald Sun, on 31 December 2006.[7] They have a son, Rafferty David (born April 2009) and a daughter, Sadie May (born April 2011).[8][9]


  1. ^ McManus, Gerard (1 November 2006). "ABC stones Glass House". Herald Sun. http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,20679888-662,00.html. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Denton makes Kyle see red". NEWS.com.au. 22 August 2007. http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,23663,22284220-5000660,00.html. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sorry you're a dickhead, Kyle". NEWS.com.au. 24 August 2007. http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,26278,22296659-10229,00.html. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "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. http://web.archive.org/web/20090414011202/http://www.rovedaily.com.au/help-me-hughesy.htm. 
  5. ^ Dave Hughes Live – ABC Shop – The Home of Australian Content
  6. ^ Lamperd, Ruth (27 November 2010). "Dave Hughes's love for his dad". Herald Sun. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/dave-hughess-love-for-his-dad/story-fn6bfmgc-1225961705138. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "So Hughes laughing now?". Herald Sun. 1 January 2007. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/so-hughes-laughing-now/story-e6frf7kx-1111112762786. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Comedian Dave Hughes welcomes his first child Rafferty". The Daily Telegraph. 30 April 2009. http://www.perthnow.com.au/entertainment/perth-confidential/comedian-dave-hughes-welcomes-his-first-child-rafferty/story-e6frg30l-1225705485111. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "All in the delivery for Dave". Herald Sun. 11 April 2011. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/all-in-the-delivery-for-dave/story-fn7x8me2-1226036868331. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 

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