San Francisco Bathhouse, 171 Cuba St, Wellington

13/05/2013 - 18/05/2013

Q Theatre Loft, 305 Queen St, Auckland

01/05/2013 - 11/05/2013

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

Production Details


Australian Comedy legend and star of last year’s NZ International Comedy Festival is back. Steve Hughes returns armed with more issues than an Occupy Movement– confronting alarming and always hilarious. 

Straight-talking social commentary from one of the most original and thought-provoking comedian’s working today. Renowned and revered for his observations and opinions on the everyday political, social and existential world that we live in, little is off limits in this hour long show. 

Having begun his performance career as the drummer in several Australian thrash metal bands in the 80s, Hughes shipped out in 2002 and has been performing on the overseas stand up circuit ever since, including UK TV spots on BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Live at The Apollo.  Hughes is widely regarded as one of the most exciting stand up comedians working the stages of the UK, Europe and Australia and returns to NZ following sell-out shows internationally. 

Book now, his debut year was a sell-out! 

“Acutely observed and cutting hone deep, his insights are spot on, his opinions are intelligent and his jokes are top class” Guardian UK

“Makes Armageddon sounds like a proper laugh riot.”   Rolling Stone Magazine 

“Hughes might look like a Motorhead roadie but under the hair there’s a keen satirical brain at work.” London Evening Standard 

As part of the NZ International Comedy Festival 2013


Date: Wed 1 – Sat 4, Wed 8 –  Sat 11 May, 10pm
Venue: Loft at Q, 305 Queen Street, Auckland CBD
Bookings: 09 309 9771

Date: Mon 13 – Sat 18 May, 8.30pm
Venue: San Francisco Bathhouse, 171 Cuba Street, Wellington City
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK

Tickets: $22.50 – $27.50 (booking fees may apply) 

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Seriously funny

Review by Simon Howard 14th May 2013

Steve Hughes is a commanding presence on the stand-up circuit. Making his entrance with no introduction, he takes us on a lengthy look at some of the big issues affecting society today.  

Warming the audience up with a heady mix of jokes at the expense of his homeland of Australia, whilst describing the mythical qualities of New Zealand, Hughes hits the mark straight away, setting the scene for the bigger issues.  

Mixing insightful social commentary, his intelligence is used to bare many of the taboos and injustices in the world today. No subject is off limits and as a master of his craft, Hughes sticks it to the man whilst remaining entirely humble about his suspicions toward society. A cynic he may be, but an extremely eloquent and witty one all the same. 

Political correctness and the war on terror are two notable subjects which Hughes tackles with skill and humour. Yet there are also moments of light humour sprinkled in throughout, such as the implausibility of joining the mile high club and the road safety signs he keeps encountering telling people how to cross the road. 

One thing is for sure: this is a comedian who makes you think as much as he makes you laugh. A seriously funny set.


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