AS a hard-working live comic, rock-loving Aussie Steve Hughes reckons he knows the UK pretty well.
"I've been doing comedy for years and I've been everywhere," he says. "I've been south, north, everywhere. I've even been to Norwich!"
Back out on the road with the second leg of his Big Issues tour, Steve does see a distinct difference between towns and cities. Our High Streets may be full of identical shops, but it seems audiences react differently.
"You do see a difference between people. Sometimes people laugh differently. Some towns can be very quiet. Some towns can be very loud," he says, pondering why. "I wonder if they all share the same temperament, whether all those people congregate together because they sense they're similar, move to that town?
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"It's funny," he continues. "Liverpool can be full-on, which you might expect as Scousers can be very funny. But other towns can be very quiet, and they don't laugh much. You're thinking, 'gawd, it's going bad!' But then you get off stage at the end and they say 'that was great!' That's great, but why didn't you laugh? It's much more fun to play to people like Scousers."
Moving to Manchester from Australia, Steve has spent a decade on the comedy circuit yet has only this year made the move to performing his own one-man-show, Big Issues. An initial jaunt from January to March proved so successful, he's back out again with a slightly amended version, including a return to the Glee Club on Wednesday, November 14.