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Austen Tayshus live in Melbourne

If you are smart, well in touch with world events, well travelled, well informed and maybe a little affluent, as well as liking your comedy '...dry, relevant and intelligent ', then chances are Austen Tayshus is the man for you. The Golden Bagel Award winning comedian returns to Melbourne for the first time in three years for a sharp, strong evening of four star entertainment.

And supporting Austen Tayshus is a whole host of other comedians, all to be found in the frame of Robert Weil. Will it be Robert himself or 'Bernie the Bagel Millionaire' or even the affable, sharp-tongued Rabbi Mordy Katz that takes to the stage?

Weil has been described as a 'chunk of pastrami on rye.' To see both these satirists on the same stage in one night is the full brisket, pickles and all!

Austen Tayshus was born at Sydney's first comedy store in Jamieson Street in 1981. He stood up for the first time after a fairly precarious delivery, in March of that year. In the following year, he recorded and released 'Australiana', which sold in excess of two hundred thousand copies, went double platinum and still holds the record for the highest selling Australian single ever. Since then, he has been recording a comedy single virtually every year, supported some of the biggest bands in Australia and toured his shows throughout the US and UK. After a few years in LA, Austen returned to Australia where he write and starred in 'Intolerance', a short film based on a true experience that developed into one of his stage routines. He won, for his trouble, Best Film and Best Actor at the 1997 Tropfest. Since then, Austen has been touring hard the breadth of Australia – and makes his return to Melbourne after three years absence.

Robert Weil, meanwhile, was the first Australian comedian to appear at the Catskills resort in New York State – the 'Borsht Belt' of the state where many a Jewish comedian has started on the road to fame. Like Austen, he too has taken his comedy around the world and, at the 1995 Jewish Comedy Festival at Manhatten's 'Stand UP New York' walked off with the 'World's Funniest Rabbi' award.

This is a one off event bought to Melbourne by Austen Tayshus and AICE.

8pm, Thursday 25 September
Ormond Hall, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Tickets: or 1300 GET TIX (1300 438 849)

Rabbi Mordy Katz