Austin Knight began his career whilst still attending school, during holidays he regularly travelled around the UK with an act called the BROOKLYN CLOWNS which was based at the former BELLE VUE leisure park at Manchester. This involved 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 (JOHN ANTHONY FINN) made the suggestion that this talent should be taken up professionally. Rehearsals duly commenced and Austin made his debut at a local pub, at the tender age of 16, performing vocal impressions of the comedy icons of the seventies era and subsequently ‘died a death’. This did not deter him however, and after a year or so appearing at local talent contests, and showbiz auditions he finally won the “Search for a Star” competition at Blighty’s cabaret club at 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 70’s era, when the cabaret boom was in its heyday.
Towards the late eighties, when impressionists became unfashionable, 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. He has also written many comedy scripts, both for TV & Radio, done studio warm-up (or down as the case may be!) 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 St, Krypton Factor, Sandbaggers, Takeover TV, Taggart, Fallen Hero, Crib the Detective, and THE NEW COMEDIANS the list goes on and on. In 2005 he played ‘The Funniest Man on Earth’ in the feature film ‘ZEMANOVALOAD’. 2005 gigs included, The Carlsberg Comedy Festival in Koh Samui, Thailand in Jan/Feb, The Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium, pre-match entertainment at Manchester United FC, a four week provincial theatre tour with ‘The New Comedians’, many sporting dinners, players testimonials and high profile corporate events for major companies and professional associations nationwide.
Today, Austin concentrates full time as an after-dinner speaker and is able to work either super clean or more adult, depending on what the audience requires. Recent dinners this year have featured DENIS LAW, JACK CHARLTON, JIMMY GREAVES, SIR GEOFF HURST, DAVID GOWER, TOMMY DOCHERTY, RORY BREMNER, JOHN INVERDALE and SIR HENRY COOPER to name just a few.
With many years experience in the business, you cannot go wrong in booking Austin for your function and have confidence that the evening 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?