Austen Tayshus brings his new show 'Never Again' to Club Heathcote

Austen Tayshus will bring his new show "Never Again" to Club Heathcote on Friday, December 6.

Austen Tayshus will bring his new show "Never Again" to Club Heathcote on Friday, December 6.

Austen Tayshus is back with a new show and despite its name, Never Again, the veteran comedian is at pains to point out that he is not about to retire.

Tayshus, the alter ego of Alexander "Sandy" Gutman, is currently on a national tour, "not a farewell tour", which will stop by Club Heathcote on December 6.

"The content of the show is satire - current and controversial and very provocative," Gutman told the Leader.

"It's a long show so bring a blanket and some breakfast."

Austen Tayshus has been performing around Australia and the USA and the UK for four decades.

Australiana, his biggest record, is now more than 36 years old but still resonates with most Aussies and remains the biggest selling Australian single of all time.

Austen Tayshus is determined to continue his acerbic in-your-face style of humour from behind his dark glasses for years to come.

"It was supposed to be a farewell tour, but it's more like John Farnham's many non-farewell tours," he told the Australian Jewish News in a recent interview.

"The show has new jokes, old jokes, plenty of politics and topical issues.

"It is very Aussie and very multicultural and not about victims."

Austen Tayshus is optimistic that plans for a TV series based on his biography, Merchant of Menace, will come to fruition.

"It would cover all the major moments in my life, ranging from my 1983 chart-topping comedy single Australiana and my award-winning film Intolerance," he told AJN.

"I would be closely involved in it and they would have to get the right person to play me in my younger days."

Gutman grew up in an Orthodox home in Sydney's eastern suburbs and studied at the School of Film and Television, then got his break at the Sydney Comedy Store in 1981.

He made more than a dozen records over the years, with the next most successful record being The Phantom Shuffle.

In the 1990s Austen Tayshus moved to LA to pursue a movie career and had a small cameo role in the Sharon Stone movie Silver and starred in Dream Factory.

Returning to Australia in 1997, he wrote and starred the short film Intolerance that won best film and best actor in Tropfest 1998.

Catch Austen Tayshus at Club Heathcote on Friday, December 6 from 8pm.

Details and tickets: clubheathcote.com.au