This past Monday night, after seemingly endless weeks of competition, Cody Hustak bested over 200 entrants to become 2014’s Funniest Person in Austin. His roommate and fellow Nebraska transplant Ryan Cownie took second place while Lashonda Lester placed third.
For the uninitiated, Cody is one of the most unique voices in the Austin scene, a comic who relishes awkward pauses and defies audience expectations. His onstage persona is frequently antisocial and a bit alien: a sense of danger and unease can build as he approaches his punchlines with a deliberate pacing. Inevitably the conclusion is so delightfully absurd and unexpected that it overshadows whatever dark premise had us worried in the first place.
It was Cody’s fifth year in the contest and it was a hard fought and deeply deserved win. He had the audience doubled over throughout much of his set which was especially strong this year. When he took the stage to receive his prize he was humble and gracious. This is the real Cody Hustak. He’s pretty cool too.
Check out Hustak’s 2013 FPIA set below and listen to him on the most recent episode of Mac Blake and David Jara’s The Mascot Wedding Show. Cody performs frequently around town. For dates and more information visit codyhustak.com.