Funny for FargussonPublished 1:00pm Sunday, March 10, 2013
If two comedians aren’t enough for a show in Austin, perhaps a third, witty act originally from Rose Creek will draw a crowd.
Say hello to 35-year-old Josh Fargusson, now of Chaska, who will open for feature Lindsay Hensel and headliner Robert Baril Saturday, March 16 in the Austin Eagles Club.
Fargusson knows what he wants to say — something hilarious. But as he said, he couldn’t always figure out how to say it. In the last two years, he found those words. Comedy inspired him in high school; however, he said he was always too immature to say the right thing. Then he aged, held full-time jobs, was engaged and paid more attention to the news. He honed his style and gathered plenty of material along the way.
“For me, I’ve noticed I gravitate toward complaining,” Fargusson said about his on-stage rants. “I don’t know; it’s a function of age.”
Yet Fargusson admits he is far from famous. He is learning to promote himself and to enjoy his time on stage.
“I’m hardly famous,” he said. “I still have a day job. I entered this with the attitude that it’s a hobby and that I’m just going to do the best I can with it. I believe that if you go into it with an attitude that, ‘I’m going to get famous,’ you are setting yourself up for horrible disappointment.”
Fargusson may already have a good, full-time day job, but he is just like the other comedians. Comedy is a dream.
“It is my dream,” he said with conviction, before adding some sarcasm. “You know what I’d like? I’d like to just do this and get paid part-time for the rest of my life.”
Thus far, Fargusson has performed on the road with nationally touring acts who have been on HBO, Showtime, “Last Comic Standing,” and he performed in “Best Comic with a Day Job” in the Twin Cities. He keeps a string of crazy, random posts on Twitter, as well.
Fargusson performed in Austin for the first time at Jon Wilson’s stand-up special in December 2012, which was a little unnerving, given he had relatives and friends in the crowd. Performances in front of strangers were different, and he had to meet the new pressures. Then again, Fargusson feeds off adrenaline and dumps it back into his act. He loves the character he is on stage and even exhausts himself. In fact, that plays into one of his favorite jokes, too.
“When I get up there with the talking stick in my hand, you’re in my element,” Fargusson said.
“It’s all a fun learning experience,” he added.
Fargusson will open the March 16 show at 8 p.m., followed by Hensel and Baril. The show is roughly an hour and a half and includes hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $15 in advance, available at the Eagles Club, or $17 at the door.