Dave Hughes

David William Hughes (born 26 November 1970) is an Australian stand-up comedian, television and radio presenter.

Dave Hughes
Hughes in February 2009
David William Hughes

(1970-11-26) 26 November 1970
ResidenceMelbourne, Victoria
Other namesHughesy
OccupationComedian, television and radio presenter
Years active1992−present
EmployerNetwork 10
Holly Ife (m. 2006)
WebsiteOfficial website

He is known for his larrikin personality, drawling Australian and deadpan comedic delivery.[1]

Hughes co-hosts Hughesy & Ed with Ed Kavalee on the Hit Network and hosts Hughesy, We Have a Problem on Network 10 and is also a guesser on The Masked Singer Australia with Jackie O, Lindsay Lohan and Dannii Minogue on Network 10.

Early life

After graduating from the all-boys Christian Brothers' College, Warrnambool in 1988, where he was dux of the school,[2] Hughes briefly studied information technology at Swinburne University in Melbourne, and then accounting at Deakin University in Warrnambool before dropping out to eventually pursue a career in comedy.[3]



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.[3]

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.[3]

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[4] and David Hughes - Pointless).


Hughes co-hosted the ABC comedy talk show The Glass House along with Wil Anderson and Corinne Grant. However, it was axed in 2006 amid political controversy.[5]

He has had guest spots on television programs The Fat, Rove Live, The Panel, Thank God You're Here, Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation, The Project, Studio 10, All Star Family Feud, Under Melbourne Tonight[6], Spicks & Specks, The Living Room, Celebrity Name Game and Have You Been Paying Attention?.

In the AFL season he is a part of the Network Ten Saturday night show Before The Game alongside Mick Molloy, Lehmo, Andy Maher and Neroli Meadows.

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.[7]

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.[8]

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 later said in an interview in 2016 that he left The Project stating "The news cycle rarely changes. Nothing changes in so long. To sit there and talk about the same things every night, it was too much."[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

On 28 October 2015, it was confirmed Hughes will be the new host of Australia's Got Talent in 2016.[12]

In October 2017, it was announced that Hughes would be returning to Network Ten to host a new panel show, Hughesy, We Have a Problem.[13][14]

In 2019, it was announced that Hughes will be one of the guessers on The Masked Singer Australia.


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.


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 in 1998 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).

Hughes has also appeared in Ed Kavalee's comedy films Scumbus, which aired on Ch-10 in 2012 and the yet-to-screen Border Protection Squad.


In 2007 Hughes won an ARIA Award for Best Comedy Release for the DVD, Dave Hughes, Live (Liberation Music).[15]

Personal life

He married Holly Ife, a reporter with the Herald Sun, on 31 December 2006.[16] They have three children together.[17][18][19]

He gave up drinking alcohol when he was 22 after deciding that it had become a bad influence in his life.[20]

Hughes is a keen supporter of the Carlton football team in the AFL[21] and even asked the Dalai Lama to bless Carlton: after doing so, the Dalai Lama commented: "It probably won't do much."[8]


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."[22] 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."[23]


  1. Hogan, Jil (19 June 2014). "Dave Hughes in Canberra as part of Australia tour". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  2. Rae, Harvey. "Zemiro delivers intriguing lives". Yahoo News, 15 October 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014. (Hughes graduated from) the Christian Brothers' College, Warrnambool, where he graduated dux in 1988
  3. "ENOUGH ROPE with Andrew Denton - episode 60: Dave Hughes (20/09/2004)".
  4. Dave Hughes Live – ABC Shop – The Home of Australian Content Archived 3 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. McManus, Gerard (1 November 2006). "ABC stones Glass House". Herald Sun. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  6. "UMT list'97". Archived from the original on 16 January 2014.
  7. "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.
  8. "Hughesy gets lost in translation".
  9. Elissa Ratliff (6 June 2016). "Why Dave Hughes really left The Project". Mama Mia. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  10. Dennehy, Luke (7 December 2013). "Dave Hughes stepping down as full-time host of The Project to go back to his first love of stand-up comedy". Daily Telegraph. News Ltd. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  11. "Returning: Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery". TV Tonight.
  12. http://m.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/confidential/comedian-dave-hughes-named-new-australias-got-talent-host/story-fnn7ma1h-1227581127546
  13. Stepherson, Alison (22 October 2017). "Comedian Dave Hughes to host a new 'Agony Uncle' TV show Hughesy...We Have A Problem". The Sunday Telegraph. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  14. Colangelo, Anthony (22 October 2017). "Dave Hughes to leave The Footy Show to return to Network Ten". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  15. "ARIA Awards".
  16. "So Hughes laughing now?". Herald Sun. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  17. "Comedian Dave Hughes welcomes his first child Rafferty". The Daily Telegraph. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  18. "All in the delivery for Dave". Herald Sun. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  19. "Dave 'Hughesy' Hughes shares first picture of newborn baby with Twitter fans". NewsComAu.
  20. "None for the road".
  21. "My family were 'bitter' with Pies".
  22. "Denton makes Kyle see red". NEWS.com.au. 22 August 2007. Archived from the original on 20 August 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  23. "Sorry you're a dickhead, Kyle". NEWS.com.au. 24 August 2007. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
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