Episode #279: Steve Hughes on Comedy, Depression and the Downside of Political Correctness

September 29, 2018

Steve Hughes is an internationally renowned stand up comedian who tells it like it is, refusing to shy away from the confonting and what is often interpreted as controversial. Steve is incredibly observant, bringing with him worldly insights into the bleeding obvious and comes armed with what he says is more issues than an Occupy movement.

Steve spent the first half of his career as a heavy metal drummer for bands such as Mortal Sin before burning up the international comedy circuit, which he has been doing for more than 12 years now, having toured throughout Europe, Australia, USA, Canada & New Zealand to rave reviews and mutinous laughter.

However, don’t be fooled, this conversation goes way beyond the realm of just comedy and heavy metal and we spend the majority of the two hours exploring topics such as political correctness and identity politics, Steve’s battle with depression, free will, the suppression of freedom of speech, preference falsification, feminism, disidentification with ego, leaning into adversity and bombing onstage, the state of the music industry, drugs, technology addiction, participation trophies and much much more.

A word of warning, this podcast is not safe for work, and is not for the faint at heart.

With that, let’s kick off my two hour deep dive with the inimitable Steve Hughes.

Note: This podcast episode is NSFW.

Topics Discussed:

  • Political correctness
  • Identity politics
  • Steve’s battle with depression
  • Free will
  • The suppression of freedom of speech
  • Preference falsification
  • Disidentification with ego
  • Leaning into adversity
  • Bombing on stage
  • The state of the music industry
  • Australia’s tall poppy syndrome
  • Beware of people bearing absolutes
  • Legislating feelings
  • Why the crowd is your barometer
  • Leading with your heart
  • Buddhism and non-dualism
  • Drugs
  • Taking ownership and victim mentalities
  • Why being offended is a choice
  • Living with Jim Jefferies
  • Technology addiction
  • Participation trophies
  • Colonial regulations and Conservatism in Australia
  • Steve’s views on general practitioners
  • Steve’s early days on the metal scene
  • Steve’s early days on the comedy circuit

Show Notes:

Steve’s website: www.SteveHughes.net.au

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Your host and occasional cybernetic organism, Steve Glaveski, is committed to helping people better navigate the growing uncertainty that technology change brings, in order to survive, thrive, create more value for the world and lead more fulfilling lives.

Steve is the CEO and co-founder of innovation accelerator Collective Campus, founder of children's entrepreneurship program Lemonade Stand, author of Amazon best-seller The Innovation Manager's Handbook and the Wiley book, Employee to Entrepreneur, investor in blockchain based fractional property investment platform Konkrete and is a keynote speaker and startup advisor.

When not fighting T-1000s Steve can be found in the gym, hiking, skating at the beach, attempting standup comedy, at a heavy metal show or socially lubricating at a whisky bar.

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