Aussie comedian back from brink

‘Heavy metal humourist’ Steve Hughes is back on tour in the UK after a long absence from the comedy scene.

Steve considers himself lucky to be alive after spending the past five years confronting his demons and recovering from a crippling breakdown and severe depression.

But the Australian comedian’s view is that if life turns to hell, there has to be a few jokes in there somewhere. With the belief that laughter is the best medicine, Steve is now back on the road with his first full-length UK tour in six years, including a Pyramid show on Thursday, 7 October. Before that he made his return to the stage with series of sell-out shows Down Under.

After staring into the abyss, Steve comes back more lucid than ever. Expect a free-thinking, opinionated, brutally honest and darkly tinged night of stand-up comedy. Steve, as seen on Live at the Apollo and The Michael McIntyre Show, always has a tale or two to tell as he used to be a thrash metal drummer. He founded the band Slaughter Lord, one of the first thrash metal bands in Australia, in the mid-80s before turning his hand to comedy.

Taking on the nickname, the ‘heavy metal humourist’, Steve moved to England in 2002 to pursue his stand-up career, inspired by a diverse range of comics such as Woody Allen, Bill Hicks, Richard Pryor and George Carlin. So join Steve as offers his interpretation of an ‘insane world’ which has only become bleaker after the events of 2020 and 2021…

Steve Hughes will be performing at Pyramid Arts Centre on Thursday, 7 October. Tickets are on sale now from £16.50. Visit or call the box office on 01925 442345.