Come see my new stuff Oct 14, 15 & 18 at The Wilde in Fitzroy. Click the pic for tix.
The LA stand-up comedy scene is two things: big fancy shows with celebrities and lowly open mics with sadness. I’m lucky enough to get booked on big fancy shows from time to time but I always make sure I keep my comedy muscles exercised at open mics. No pain, no gain and all that. And let me tell you, open mics are pretty painful.
The above fact is why I’m compelled to share with you that last night I had the best open mic experience I’ve ever had. All thanks to a bunch of dedicated up-and-comers who wouldn’t take “this open mic isn’t on” for an answer.
At 11:30pm I stepped out of my Uber and walked up to The Next Stage Theatre; it’s a small space on the second floor of a strip mall. The room runner wasn’t there and the show should have started. The three other comics who gingerly arrived were as disappointed as I was. Our training gym was closed and we just wanted to pump some comedy iron.
“Let’s just do it outside” I said. One comic had sat on a pee-flooded bus to be there, so was more than happy to make the most of it. The others agreed.
What proceeded was four comics standing on a balcony at a strip mall performing their sets to each other with an non-comedian audience of one cockroach. We listened, reacted, gave each other notes and ultimately bonded in our commitment to our craft. The intimacy and consideration we gave each other far surpassed the cold and despondent nature of many open mics in town. I learned more in that setting than from dosens of gigs this trip, all thanks to the determination of the other comedians to constantly improve.
So a message to my comedy comrades in LA: the mics are what you make them. Thanks to Michelle, Jordan and Saurabh for making ours so good.
It’s good to be in Perth with such a sweet view of the world. Here are my gig dates over the next two weeks.
August 7th – His Majesty’s Theatre
August 8th – Little Creatures
August 10th – The Flying Scotsman
August 12th – Rosie O’Grady
August 13th – The Charles Hotel
August 14th – The Brisbane Hotel
August 15th – Little Creatures
Aaaaaand it’s a wrap! Live on Bowen completed it’s sixth season and I’m so proud of the team that made it happen. I had some pretty magical moments as host, including a chat with Fr Bob Maguire, a comedy competition with Dave Hughes, a song with Dream Girls performer Thando Sikwila and more.
Here are the highlights!
Last season I had guests such as Michael Beverage, Claire Hooper and Shaun Micallef. Come check out who we have this year by being in the studio audience: http://www.LiveOnBowen.com/audience
Thanks for the fun interview, Ezra Magazine!
Originally posted on Ezra Magazine:
Melbourne comedian Simon Taylor is a regular at the Adelaide Fringe and in 2015 he won’t be one to disappoint. Returning in 2015 with his show “Personal Best”, Taylor will put on a show to delight Adelaidians in the land of the free settlers.
Writing for Mad As Hell with Shaun Micallef and hosting Live On Bowen was a step in the right direction, providing a platform to perform and utilise his skills as not only a stand up comedian but a writer as well. We caught up with Simon Taylor for a quick chat about the Fringe and all things Adelaide.
It’s so many things: the 24-hour pie shops, the fanciest accent in Australia, the spectacle of drunk lunatics on…
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Fringe World: 29th January – 3rd February
Adelaide Fringe: 13th February – 1st March
Brisbane Comedy Festival: 3rd March – 8th March
Magners International Comedy Festival: 17th March – 18th March
Melbourne International Comedy Festival: 25th March – 19th April
The first instalment of my weekly sketches is here! Videos go online every Monday and Wednesday so be sure to subscribe.
Oh hey you. The season finale of Live on Bowen aired in Melbourne last night. Here’s the moment Shaun Micallef and I faced off in a battle to see who could make the other laugh most… I shall cherish this moment forever.