THE best moment of Dave Hughes' new game show came in the final 60 seconds, when the comedian smacked down a fussy deli customer.
"I buy pitted olives from the deli but always find at least two with pits. Should I tell the deli guy? Or am I being too petty?" one fan wrote in to the show, which aims to solve both the complex and trivial problems of Australians.
"Get the pit out of your ass," Hughes spat while staring down the barrel of the camera.
Tuesday night's premiere of Hughesy, We Have A Problem marks the comedian's return to Network Ten after defecting last year from Nine. Joined by Julia Morris, Nazeem Hussain, Harley Breen and Anne Edmonds for the debut, the personalities form a panel to offer up anecdotes and answers to the burning question of viewers at home. It's a mishmash of Can Of Worms and Have You Been Paying Attention.
Throughout the hour-long program, Hughes was at his best slapping people down with blunt remarks.
In a response to a video message from a tattoo-covered man named Phoenix who laments not being allowed into the casino because of his excessive ink, Hughes quipped: "It's hard to believe that Phoenix is from the Gold Coast isn't it?"
Like his stand-up, the comedian's wife Holly Ife was the source material for many moments on Tuesday night's show.
In response to the tattoo question, Hughes recalled how Ife got a tattoo commemorating their relationship one year into the romance.
"On Valentines Day she showed it to me and it said, 'I heart Dave'. This was within our first year of the relationship. She got it as a surprise. And I felt that was an aggressive act," he joked.
In response to Hussain's question about becoming a first-time dad, Hughes shared: "It'll change your life when you have a child. You've finally got something you're prepared to die for. And often you wish that day was today."
Oddly wholesome moments seemed out of place. TV vet Katrina Warren being wheeled out on stage to offer serious veterinary advice about a biting issue Hughes'dog has developed was slow.
But as it dragged on, Hughes managed to save it with another quip. Just.
"He bit a kid but not hard. And the kid's mother didn't see it happen," he said.
Hughesy We Have A Problem airs Monday nights at 8.30pm on Ten.