Austin Knight began his career whilst still attending school, during holidays he regularly travelled around the UK with an act called the Brooklyn Clowns performing the usual antics of custard pie and bucket of water slapstick scenarios which was the foundation on which the present act was formed.
Having caused much havoc in the classroom by imitating teachers, a school chum suggested this talent should be taken up professionally. Aged 16, Austin made his debut at a local pub performing vocal impressions of the comedy icons of the 70s and after a year appearing at local talent contests and showbiz auditions, he finally won the “Search for a Star” competition in Farnworth. Many quality gigs ensued and Austin was firmly established as a regular support on the cabaret circuit and worked with the likes of Neil Sedaka, Lulu, Martha Reeves and many more during the golden mid 70s era, when the cabaret boom was in its heyday.
Towards the late 80s, when impressionists became less popular, he developed a stand-up act featuring topical news items of the day, a wry glance at life’s quirks and idiosyncrasies from a skewiff viewpoint.
He currently writes a humorous weekly newspaper column ‘Life With Austin’ which comments on the weeks events and is syndicated in newspapers covering Tameside, Glossop, Derbyshire, Ashton-Under-Lyne, East Manchester, Hyde, North Cheshire, Mossley, Saddleworth, Stalybridge and Stockport.
Austin has also written many comedy scripts, both for TV & Radio and studio warm-ups. His writing career commenced by compiling sketches for Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson and many more.
Austin has appeared as an actor/presenter in various TV productions which include Coronation Street, Krypton Factor, Sandbaggers, Takeover TV, Taggart, Fallen Hero, Crib the Detective and The New Comedians; the list goes on and on.
He has performed at the Carlsberg Comedy Festival in Koh Samui, Thailand, the FA Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium, pre-match entertainment at Manchester United FC, a four week provincial theatre tour with ‘The New Comedians’, many weddings, sporting dinners, players testimonials and high profile corporate events for major companies and professional associations nationwide.
With many years experience in the business, Austin can work either super clean or cheeky depending on your preference, so you cannot go wrong in booking him for your Wedding and can have confidence that your day will be enhanced by his hilarious and outrageous view of life itself.
If we cannot laugh at life and our own shortcomings, then what indeed can we laugh at?
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