ASF Hot Seat: The Tastemakers


Bryan “Lubu” Roberts is an Austin sketch institution, performing solo as Ghetto Sketch Warlock and now with Kyle Traughber, Ben Masten, and Quinn Buckner as The Tastemakers. This is the second year Tastemakers will be performing at ASF. We asked mastermind, Bryan Roberts for some insider info.
What’s the difference between a Ghetto Sketch Warlock show and Tastemakers?

Bryan Roberts: I write all Ghetto Sketch Warlock shows myself, and I direct them and do pretty much every other administrative thing I can think of. With the Tastemakers, there are other writers and everyone gets to look at the sketches and spice em’ up. It’s just really great to be working with people who can bring different insights to the comedy.

What can we expect from your ASF show this year?

Bryan: It will have a beginning and end. No middle.

Does anybody on team Tastemaker have any pre-show rituals?

Bryan: I get really nervous. Quinn gets really angry. Ben pukes. Kyle holds Ben’s hair while he pukes.

What was your favorite on stage moment?

Bryan: We had a really fun time opening for Wink Planet earlier this month. We didn’t have any predetermined transitions so we just talked through each transition, telling the audience that we had respect enough for their tastes that they didn’t need to see a black stage while transition music lulls them into a sense that the show is super professional. We’re just guys fuckin’ around in the hopes that you think it’s hilarious. I’m starting to dig just being straight-up with the audience and doing away with ceremony.

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What advice do you have for people who want to get into sketch?

Bryan: Write sketches and put them up ANYWHERE YOU CAN. Classes are great, reading about sketch is great, watching sketch is great. But you must, as quickly as possible, begin a relationship with that fickle, loving vixen known as “Audience.” The better you know Audience, the better you will become at writing and performing.

The Tastemakers will be performing Wednesday night, May 21st at 8:30pm at ColdTowne Theater along with Vanilla Presley and Vanessa Gonzalez’s “I Don’t Know Words.” Tickets available here.