What's Going On In Austin?
A racist rant by Tony Hinchcliffe reflects bigger shifts in the Austin comedy scene.
This week comedian Peng Dang posted a video of podcaster Tony Hinchcliffe unleashing a racist tirade about him during a show earlier this month in Austin, Texas. Dang, who had opened for Hinchcliffe, later said he was shocked and upset by the rant, and that he had to step outside during Hinchcliffe’s set. Hinchcliffe—a writer for Comedy Central’s roasts, host of the popular podcast Kill Tony, and frequent opener for Joe Rogan—has since been dropped by his agency. He was also removed from two shows he was scheduled on this week with Rogan at The Creek and the Cave, a club that recently reopened to Austin after shutting down in New York City. Like everything in comedy, this incident did not occur in a vacuum. Until recently Hinchcliffe was based in Los Angeles, where he could be seen regula
May 14 2021
9 min read