Dave Hughes doesn't sleep much these days.
The comedian works at both ends of the day: breakfast radio on Nova in Melbourne and The Project on Channel 10 most evenings.
In between there's life with two young children, Rafferty and Sadie – with a third due in January.
“The best part of fatherhood is that you've got someone you're prepared to die for. But the worst part is you would be happy for that to be today,” he deadpans.
The joys and trials of parenthood form a cornerstone of The Comeback Tour, Hughes' first stand-up show since 2010's Retro.
He says being responsible for the well-being of his brood is “relentless”, particularly as his 18-month-old daughter has developed the climbing and foraging habits of an indestructible ninja.
“I can get angry, but I've decided not to get angry with my children, and they're really playing on that.”
The 41-year-old is frank about his disciplinary style.
“I'm just a briber. I say, 'If we leave now you can have an ice-cream.' It's not about punishment, it's about finding a reward that will keep them happy.”
The title The Comeback Tour is mostly a gibe at performers who refuse to retire officially, but Hughes admits he was yearning to get back on stage - just him, a microphone and a live audience. It simply makes him happy.
“I never want to retire from doing stand-up. Hopefully, I'll be 90 and doing gigs in nursing homes.”
It's certainly possible. Hughes' laconic style has been a mainstay of Australia's stand-up circuit for well over a decade.
But he's not everyone's cup of tea. A cursory glance at his Wikipedia page turns up some mischief-making, with the inclusion of the line “He is known for his lack of personality”.
Hughes laughs at the revelation, and says being slagged off is nothing new.
With more than 232,000 Twitter followers, Hughes has developed a policy to deal with trolls: “Have no interaction with them – unless they're famous, in which case have a Twitter war that everyone can get involved in.”
He has included a lot of industry insider stories and celebrity gossip in The Comeback Tour, which plays for one show only at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre this Saturday, November 17.
“I hate to talk myself up, but I'm in really good form. So come along, it's going to be good.”
And afterwards maybe he'll get a good night's sleep.