Some questions for Austen

September 19, 2019 by Henry Benjamin
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Sandy Gutman left his alter ego Austen Tayshus at home when he sat down with J-Wire ahead of his three shows at the Bondi Theatre Company next month.

Sandy Gutman aka Austen Tayshus

JW: Sandy, you have titled the show “Never Again”….let’s go to the beginning of your career. When did you realise a life in comedy was your fate?

SG/AT: It was not specific I had studied dentistry, photography, philosophy, fine arts, directing, cinematography, literature, rock and roll, and method acting and failed at everything when I was offered an opportunity to perform at Sydney’s Comedy Store in 1981. And the rest as they say……

JW: Did any particular comedian influence your decision?

SG/AT:   Not really.and not needed.  I was just naturally gifted.

JW:   What did your family think of your chosen career?

SG/AT:   They disapproved of everything I did after dentistry.

JW: What has been the highlight of your career up until now?

SG/AT:   This interview.

JW: And what has been the lowest point in your career.

SG/AT:  This interview.

JW: In which countries outside of Australia have you performed?

SG/AT:   Israel, USA,UK ,Indonesia,Bhutan

JW:   Would you have liked to have been invited to a Royal Performance?

SG/AT:  I am a republican.

JW:   What advice do you have for aspiring comedians?

SG/AT:  Choose another career.

JW: The Internet has taken care of most social funnymen. Do you think this is making for a more serious world?

SG/AT:   The Comedy of Victimhood and seriousness have virtually destroyed Chutzpah. Great comedy isn’t about fashion. It’s about provoking an audience on many levels. But It doesn’t mean being gratuitous or offensive.

JW:  Frum women wear a wig to avoid showing their natural hair to others than their husband. What purpose do your black Ray-Bans serve?

SG/AT: I get a kickback every time I wear them.

JW: You have an amazing voice. Did you ever consider becoming a chazan or a rapper?

SG/AT: I love singing in Shul, so when I’m a comedian no longer if you need a cantor, contact Jwire – my representatives.

JW:   Are there any surprises in store for your Bondi audience?

SG/AT:  Now that’s a silly question.





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