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Joe was always outgoing and funny as a kid and started in entertainment with his brother, Michael Hughes, in the early 1970’s, signing with the Jack Wormser Talent Agency (now KMR Talent). During this time, Joe studied acting with private acting coach, Lois Auer and worked on ad campaigns such as Occidental Life, Marriott’s Hotels, some print work and worked on a documentary which aired in England on BBC television, Later, Joe participated in drama at Torrance High School under acting coach Charles “Chuck” Slater, received an honorable mention in a Southern California, regional play competition in 1974.
In later years, after raising four kids, and owning his own business in 2005, Joe returned to entertainment and studied comedy at SF Comedy College with Kurtis Mathews. By 2007, Joe performed on stage opening before the band, The Loving Spoonful, (“do you believe in magic”). Since then, Joe has performed at such comedy clubs as the San Jose Improv, Laughs Unlimited & Punchline Sacramento, Kino’s Komedy in Vancouver B.C., Hollywood Comedy Store, S.F. Comedy Clubhouse, Tommy T’s, Rooster T. Feathers, Nicks Comedy Stop Boston, Comedy Connection Rhode Island, Stand Up NY, Scottsdale Comedy Spot, also was host of a Brea Improv DVD filming. During this time Joe has worked with many well-known comedians such as Larry “Bubbles” Brown, Jimmy Gunn, Maureen Langon, Dan St Paul, Andrew Norelli, Josh Nasar, Fred Stoller, Fred Durst, Kabir Singh, Sammy Obeid, Marc Price (Skippy), Steve Sweeney, Don Gavin, Mike Winfield, Steven Pearl and many others.
Joe has appeared on several radio programs on stations such as Kpig 107.5, Ksco am 1080, Pirate Cat Radio 87.9 fm, Fccfreeradio.com,107.3 fm SF.
Joe’s community work includes; producing, hosting and starring in fundraisers for such organizations as Kids Helping Kids in Brentwood, CA., an event for Kwanzaa Festival San Jose, CA., and building involvement with Habitat for Humanity,
Joe has produced and hosted several shows including The April Fool’s Comedy Competition at the San Jose Corinthian Event Center, “Comedy at the Red Caboose”, “Comedy in the Village” in Capitola, “Comedy Night at the Brit” at Britannia Arms in Aptos, Windmill Ridge Comedy Nights, “Old Fashioned Vaudeville Extravaganza” at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall. Joe also worked with the original cast and founders of Ron’s Comedy Farmhouse developing “Comedysurf Productions” and “Joe Hughes Presents” comedy and entertainment productions.
Recently, Joe has participated as an extra in the filming of the new Steve Jobs movie starring Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen Jeff Daniels and Kate Winslet. And soon will be auditioning for AGT.
“When you say you’re too old, that is the moment you are too old… follow your dreams” Joe Hughes