Happy Easter everyone and I hope you've had as great a one as I. After spending Easter morning with my children and friends, culminating in a leisurely late lunch at World Restaurant & Bar at Southbank, it was time to head out to the Comedy Theatre on Exhibition street in the city to watch Dave Hughes.
When I bought the ticket weeks ago to watch 'Pumped', it was with the desire to see Hughesy in action as I've only ever seen snippets of him in a variety of T.V. shows. I've never even listened in on his 'Hughesy & Kate radio show in the past. I've heard opposing opinions about Hughesy. People either loved him or hated him and his drawl. I was on the 'loved him' side of the line. His drawl and wide eyed look endeared him to me. I was convinced that there was more to this man than meets the eye.
Walking down from Parliament train station along Lonsdale street, I see Hughesy coming towards me. I put my arm out and gently grabbed him by the forearm as I said hello to him.. I told him I was on my way to see his show. I later learned from the ushers that he was heading for the stage door which was in Lonsdale street. He says 'good on you' then asked me if I had a camera. I fumbled for it in the bag since he was offering and took a couple of selfies. At that stage, I felt I had my money's worth already.
I want to say straight off the bat that I don't always laugh out loud. You might get a big smile or a chuckle out of me when I see something funny. It's on the rare occasion that I'll let out a belly laugh. I wish I could just turn that on as it would be better for my health if you can believe in all that's been written about laughter.
I'm not sure if it's because of my natural affection for Hughesy, but for me, the show was jaw achingly laugh out loud funny. It got to a point where I felt my cheeks were going to split in half. I was not an orphan in this. The whole theatre was filled with raucous laughter as Dave was shooting the breeze about life and its many situations. He's got the knack of delivering his punchlines in a matter of fact way and his narrative in relaying the stories are delivered so expressively as to have you visualising the scenario. The more imaginative you are, the funnier it will seem and the harder you'll laugh. That's genius. This show hit all the right spots for me and it's one I would not hesitate to recommend. Make sure you catch Hughesy before the end of the Comedy Festival and book early. If it's anything like today, the theatre looked booked to full capacity.