2014: The Year of the Hustak

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It’s been a pretty good year for Austin comedian Cody Hustak. A few weeks after his Moontower shows, he was crowned the Funniest Person in Austin. Then, shortly after that, he was one of a handful of comics accepted into the prestigious Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. Hustak was part of the New Faces: Unrepped section and performed at the fest last weekend. I spoke with Cody about his “fairy tale week” shortly after he touched down in Austin. Special thanks to Charlie Sotelo for the above photo!

 

Congrats on Just for Laughs! How did you find out you were accepted to the festival?

Weeks had passed since the FPIA’s conclusion and I had figured I wasn’t getting the invite. Then one night I got a call from an unknown number that didn’t resemble that of my bill collectors. I was so close to saying “Oh you‘re good, Sallie Mae” and making the mistake of not picking up. Luckily it was Colleen Mcgarr and Jeff Singer with incredible news that I had to keep from my friends and family for what seemed like an eternity.

How were the shows?

Perfect. Everything there is so flawlessly well put together. The staff was fantastic and the audiences enthusiastically filled the seats. I was thrilled when I found out I was getting additional shows.

What was your favorite part of the fest?

Having what I thought was to be my last set of the week go well and then being offered a spot on The Alt Show a mere hour later. A great venue filled to capacity, sharing the stage with the brilliance of Andy Kindler, Marc Maron, Ron Funches, and Jon Dore. An absolute fairy tale week.

Any after hours highlights?

After hours was a bit of a blur thanks to alcohol and representation’s willingness to buy me alcohol. The week was unreal on so many levels. I was frantically selling things the day before I left and I was sure it was going to be a week of fast food and warm beers in the hotel room. After that first set I was wined and dined pretty hard over the last three days in Montreal. It was a dream that ended far too abruptly. Now it’s back to my day job and back to exclusively consuming canned food and drinks. Easily one of the most memorable weeks of my life.

What’s coming up for you next?

I’m excited to be headlining The Velv Aug 22-23. I need to visit NY and LA for the first time ever to get a feel for where I’d like to move after I hand my crown off next spring. Trying to keep my mouth shut about opportunities in the works. These are exciting times.

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