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. In this age, no! You get to report them. It’s very Orwellian. Whatever happened to ‘sticks and stone may break my bones, but little words don’t hurt me’?”
While the leather-jacket wearing Aussie is quick to observe that some could be offended by his observations on such topics as the nanny state, surveillance culture, and how certain ridiculous rules are enforced, he does recognise the inherent conflict between free choice and regulations.
“It’s always a tricky thing to create laws and freedom. Some laws advocate freedom, but law is not freedom! It’s a tricky subject for all cultures.”
So does that mean Steve see’s himself on the frontline? Will he be storming the parapets?
“I guess I am sticking my neck out,” he says after a considered pause. “But I remember that guy who stood in front of a tank in China. Have I got those balls? That was very impressive. I dunno...”
* Steve Hughes comes to Birmingham’s Glee Club on October 23. For tickets ring 0871 472 0400 or go to www.glee.co.uk/birmingham . He also plays Telford Oakengates Theatre on September 26 and Warwick Arts Centre on November 17.