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Steve Hughes

Heavy Metal Comedy

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Over ten years ago one of Australia's greatest heavy metal drummers put down the sticks and picked up the mic. Since then, Steve Hughes has developed into one of Australia's most successful and important comedy performers.With a laconic and deceptively laid back style, Steve's musings on life and the universe are topical, political and intellectual. A hit at festivals worldwide, this is his NZ debut.

“Hard Edged social commentary at it's best” The Times, UK$

 

Showing In:

Auckland

Dates:

Tue 8 - Sat 12 May, 10pm

Venues:

Loft at Q, Auckland

Tickets:

Adults $25.00
Conc. $19.50
Groups 6+ $19.50* service fees may apply

Bookings:

09 309 9771

Show Duration:

1 hour
 

Critics Review

Darren Bevan - TVNZ.co.nz'"Hughes is a commanding performer and a towering talent"'open/close
Also, a big winner is support Steve Hughes. He impressed at the Comedy Gala and is starring in his own show at the festival - and based on tonight's performance, it's one you really do have to see. This Aussie comic looks like a chilled out hippy death metal enthusiast but his vibe is seriously good fun. With dry and droll delivery, whimsical and intelligent material, he's got the crowd eating out of his hand as he espouses views on Australia, the "vortex of silence" when playing to Dutch crowds and a very funny sequence over health and safety. Hughes is a commanding performer and a towering talent - when you're still laughing at his gags after an hour of Rhys, you know that's pretty damn good going for a support act.
Keeping Up With The Grid'He obviously has a supremely intelligent comic mind with the ability to weave in the most unexpected of topics and still make you laugh.'open/close
I had seen Steve support Rhys Darby the previous night at SKYCITY Theatre where this UK based, Australian comic was completely hilarious. He worked a possibly hesitant crowd of Rhys fans to win them over and have us all is fits of laughter.

He was a great warm up to the main event and definitely made me excited about this show.

The title is not to say there is Heavy Metal during the show but it is a reference to Steve’s previous career as a Heavy Metal drummer.

He is perfectly at home on stage telling us, ‘Don’t worry I have been doing this for 15 years I’m funny as Fuck!’
Steve’s material covers both autobiographical accounts and political and social commentary.

He is refreshing in his stance to avoid the PC, health and safety madness that surrounds us and uses himself as a reminder that simple common sense used to keep us alive!

Steve mocks the ridiculous laws and precautions the modern world inflicts upon us. He talks extensively, philosophically and intelligently of the western world’s foreign policy, the War on Terror and the paradox of the illegalisation of naturally occurring drugs when pharmaceutical ones are so readily available. Some brilliant observational drug anecdotes accompany this!

A chunk of his material revolves around his self-inflicted exile form Australia, a place he feels for many reasons did not suit him. This topic produces some of his most colourful material both in language and laughter. His social commentary around sport, homophobia and the feminisation of men was one of the funniest routines I’ve ever heard!

On a serious note I really admire comedians who are able to cover this kind of variation of topics, which in many situations may be hard to find the funny side, but yet he always does.

He obviously has a supremely intelligent comic mind with the ability to weave in the most unexpected of topics and still make you laugh.

Steve Hughes will impress you with his comedy and I highly recommend Heavy Metal Comedy. Auckland are lucky to be able to see this world class comedian in such an intimate venue. This provocative and hilarious show may leave you looking at the world around you slightly differently.

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The best comedian I have ever seen. Absolutely brilliant.
Keeping up with the Grid - Ingrid Grenar
At 10pm last night I went back up to the Loft at Q Theatre, which is becoming a bit of a second home for me these last few weeks, to watch some Heavy Metal Comedy from Steve Hughes.

I had seen Steve support Rhys Darby the previous night at SKYCITY Theatre where this UK based, Australian comic was completely hilarious. He worked a possibly hesitant crowd of Rhys fans to win them over and have us all is fits of laughter.

He was a great warm up to the main event and definitely made me excited about this show.

The title is not to say there is Heavy Metal during the show but it is a reference to Steve’s previous career as a Heavy Metal drummer.

He is perfectly at home on stage telling us, ‘Don’t worry I have been doing this for 15 years I’m funny as F&*k!’

Steve’s material covers both autobiographical accounts and political and social commentary.

He is refreshing in his stance to avoid the PC, health and safety madness that surrounds us and uses himself as a reminder that simple common sense used to keep us alive!

Steve mocks the ridiculous laws and precautions the modern world inflicts upon us. He talks extensively, philosophically and intelligently of the western world’s foreign policy, the War on Terror and the paradox of the illegalisation of naturally occurring drugs when pharmaceutical ones are so readily available. Some brilliant observational drug anecdotes accompany this!

A chunk of his material revolves around his self-inflicted exile form Australia, a place he feels for many reasons did not suit him. This topic produces some of his most colourful material both in language and laughter. His social commentary around sport, homophobia and the feminisation of men was one of the funniest routines I’ve ever heard!

On a serious note I really admire comedians who are able to cover this kind of variation of topics, which in many situations may be hard to find the funny side, but yet he always does.

He obviously has a supremely intelligent comic mind with the ability to weave in the most unexpected of topics and still make you laugh.

Steve Hughes will impress you with his comedy and I highly recommend Heavy Metal Comedy. Auckland are lucky to be able to see this world class comedian in such an intimate venue. This provocative and hilarious show may leave you looking at the world around you slightly differently.

Keeping up with the Grid - Ingrid Grenar
At 10pm last night I went back up to the Loft at Q Theatre, which is becoming a bit of a second home for me these last few weeks, to watch some Heavy Metal Comedy from Steve Hughes.

I had seen Steve support Rhys Darby the previous night at SKYCITY Theatre where this UK based, Australian comic was completely hilarious. He worked a possibly hesitant crowd of Rhys fans to win them over and have us all is fits of laughter.

He was a great warm up to the main event and definitely made me excited about this show.

The title is not to say there is Heavy Metal during the show but it is a reference to Steve’s previous career as a Heavy Metal drummer.

He is perfectly at home on stage telling us, ‘Don’t worry I have been doing this for 15 years I’m funny as F&*k!’

Steve’s material covers both autobiographical accounts and political and social commentary.

He is refreshing in his stance to avoid the PC, health and safety madness that surrounds us and uses himself as a reminder that simple common sense used to keep us alive!

Steve mocks the ridiculous laws and precautions the modern world inflicts upon us. He talks extensively, philosophically and intelligently of the western world’s foreign policy, the War on Terror and the paradox of the illegalisation of naturally occurring drugs when pharmaceutical ones are so readily available. Some brilliant observational drug anecdotes accompany this!

A chunk of his material revolves around his self-inflicted exile form Australia, a place he feels for many reasons did not suit him. This topic produces some of his most colourful material both in language and laughter. His social commentary around sport, homophobia and the feminisation of men was one of the funniest routines I’ve ever heard!

On a serious note I really admire comedians who are able to cover this kind of variation of topics, which in many situations may be hard to find the funny side, but yet he always does.

He obviously has a supremely intelligent comic mind with the ability to weave in the most unexpected of topics and still make you laugh.

Steve Hughes will impress you with his comedy and I highly recommend Heavy Metal Comedy. Auckland are lucky to be able to see this world class comedian in such an intimate venue. This provocative and hilarious show may leave you looking at the world around you slightly differently.