HE'S excited, he's keen, he's pumped.
Comedian Dave Hughes says he's thrilled to be back on tour, taking his new stand-up show to regional towns around Australia.
The Aussie larrikin is loved nationwide for his honest and down-to-earth approach to live comedy, which he will be bringing to Ipswich Civic Centre next month in his new show, Pumped.
"I try to tell funny stories that people can relate to and I think that's what you want from a comedian," he said.
"The show will include anything that involves day to day life - from having three small children driving me insane to how people relate to you when you're a known face."
After 20 years of stand-up, radio and television, Hughesy said he still looked forward to getting on stage and felt he was at the top of his comedy game.
"I just love doing stand-up comedy truth be told," he said.
"I'm happy to turn up anywhere but I do love a regional audience.
"People love to laugh at themselves and you can make some funny observations on things on stage.
"I'm confident I'm in really good form and, as long as I've got an audience, whenever I'm on stage I'm pumped."
Although his career has had its ups and downs, Hughesy said he never lost confidence in where he was heading.
"My first gig was horrible. I was about 22 and had already given up uni by that stage and no one laughed," he said.
"But I knew I was funny, it was just a matter of whether everyone else agreed or not.
"It's horrible on stage when it doesn't work but when it does the thrill is worth it."
Whether it's while he's spending time with wife Holly and three children Rafferty, 6, Sadie, 4, and Tess, 2, or travelling around Australia, Hughesy said he was always busy looking for inspiration for new material.
"You've just got to keep your eyes open," he said.
"Life is ridiculous no matter which way you look at it."
Dave Hughes will perform live at Ipswich Civic Centre on September 3.
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