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EX-HEAVY metal drummer turned comedian Steve Hughes is rocking up to Birmingham with his Big Issues Tour.

As the name suggests, Hughes is tackling some pretty weighty subjects for a stand-up gig, from war and religion, to how we treat the poor.

As the name suggests, Hughes is tackling some pretty weighty subjects for a stand-up gig, from war and religion, to how we treat the poor.

“You can always get away with saying a bit of truth if you make people laugh... otherwise they’d kill you,” said the Aussie comic who spent years playing in bands before moving into stand-up.

“One of the reasons I got into comedy was to get off the dole but I wanted to be creative without having to compromise.

“I love music... but I do think I get a little frustrated being in bands.

“Because I’ve never been the singer, you don’t get much say.

“There really is no space for democracy in art. It’s a power struggle. If you’ve got something to say, you have to have a complete tyranny.”

Hughes said he moved to the UK in 2002 after finding British audiences were more comfortable with his rant-styled stand-up.

“Australia is becoming more of a police state than this one. It’s very conservative and conformist, I hadn’t realised how conformist it was until I moved over here.”

Hughes is appearing at the Glee Club in Birmingham on November 25.

Tickets are £14 available at www.glee.co.uk/birmingham-comedy.

 

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