An Aussie on the Offensive ; Australian Comedian Steve Hughes Tells DAVE FREAK Why He's Too Controversial for Television

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HE'S packing out venues the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, but you'll be hard pressed to spot Steve Hughes on TV.

You won't find him behind the desks of semi-scripted panel shows or lounging about on comfortable chat show sofas.

"They don't seem to like to put me on TV," confesses the Australian heavy metal musician who fled his home for the wider opportunities offered by the UK comedy scene.

"I've done a few things - Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow and Live At The Apollo - but they've never got me on Mock The Week, I don't know why.

"Maybe I'm too much of a loose cannon. In the old days, that would be exciting for TV producers, but we're in the age of careerist comedy now."

Following the success of his extended debut UK headline tour last year, Steve's now back out with a new show, called While It's Still Legal.

"Basically my comedy is for adults and my opinions can be deemed controversial in an age of hate crimes, political correctness and where people can be charged for being offensive," he says of the title.

"Being offensive is subjective. If I've offended you, do you sue me? Or deal with it? When I grew up, if someone offended you, you'd sort it out as hating hurts the hater more. …