That bad man of punchlines; that agent provocateur of comedy Austen Tayshus - will make em laugh and/or squirm in Byron soon.
That bad man of punchlines; that agent provocateur of comedy Austen Tayshus - will make em laugh and/or squirm in Byron soon.

Attack of the killer comic

Comedy can be a bit offensive. Comedians can step on people’s toes. That’s the nature of the comedy beast.

Austen Tayshus doesn’t step on people’s toes though – he jumps on them and grinds them into the dirt! And the more they howl, the more he grinds. He loves to hear them howl.

And that, folks, is the Austen Tayshus stand-up comedy style – raw, rebellious and relentless.

You can’t be middle ground about Tayshus, you either love him or you hate him. If you hate him that generally means you don’t quite get satire or appreciate it in that rapid-fire high-energy profanity-laden delivery of his. Or you sat up the front at his gig. Or you came in late. Or your phone went off. Or you wore a bright shirt. Or...

If you love him it means that you do get it. Tayshus is not just a comic, he’s a fearless social commentator who’s been making people uncomfortable for well over three decades.

The man behind Austen Tayshus is Sandy Gutman. And there’s a dichotomy between Gutman and Tayshus. One is cultured and shy, the other obnoxious and relentless. There are no bad gigs for Gutman/Tayshus. He can turn any show into an unforgettable experience. There are places in this wide, apathetic land that have been untouched by Tayshus. There are those who flock to every show. And those who reckon, “that bastard, I’m not having him back here.”

Austen doesn’t care. The end result is the same. Make them question everything.

For a wild comedy experience see Austen Tayshus at the Byron Services Club on Monday, January 4, from 8pm. Mandy Nolan will MC.

Tickets are $20/15. You can book on 6684 3443. (If you dare.)


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