Signed, sealed and time to deliver.

IT’S OFFICIAL! I’m so chuffed to announce that I have been signed to A-List Entertainment 😀

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Growing up I was always in awe of Carl Barron, Arj Barker, Stephen K Amos, The Umbilical Brothers, Kitty Flanagan, Akmal, Jimeoin and the other legends of comedy in this country. Now I’ve been tucked under the A-List wing next to them, I am so grateful I’ve been doing a daily happy dance.

They‘ll be producing my festivals shows at Perth Fringe World, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival this year and beyond. So those of you who have supported me thus far in my comedy endeavours, especially when I was broke and needed every dollar you spent on my tickets, this is no small thanks to you. I hope to give you a big old hug when I see you next. Make sure you demand one xx

Hopping around Sydney

Hello, Sydney friends. Would love to hang out this coming week as I have a whole bunch of shows on. Come say g’day.

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Here are the gigs:

Thurs, Nov 19 – Comedy Store (Guest Spot)
Thurs, Nov 19 – Crane Bar (Headliner)
Fri, Nov 20 – Comedy Store (Guest Spot)
Fri, Nov 20 – Happy Endings (Support Spot)
Sat, Nov 21 – Comedy Store (Guest Spot)
Sat, Nov 21 – Happy Endings (Support Spot)
Sun, Nov 22 – Harold Park Hotel (Full Hour Solo Show – COME TO THIS ONE!)
Mon, Nov 23 – Manly Boats (Support Spot)
Tues, Nov 24 – Enmore Comedy Club (Guest Spot)
Wed, Nov 25 – Oatley Hotel (Support Spot)
Thurs, Nov 26 – Mic in Hand (Headliner)

A week with Stephen

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I must say I’m chuffed to have been on tour with the inimitable Stephen K Amos this past week. We zipped around NSW for five days, performing in all sorts of venues to all wonderful crowds. I’m humbled to have been opening for such a pro. And by humbled I mean I can’t wait to headline those venues myself. Comedy!

Thanks Mary, Hannah, Ben, Aaron and all the legends along the way that made it so rad. And a massive thanks to you, Stephen. You’re the best.

Los Angeles and the pursuit of improvement

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.

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What a season!

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!

ADELAIDE FRINGE – Simon Taylor returns for 2015

Thanks for the fun interview, Ezra Magazine!

Ezra Magazine

Personal Best

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. 

You’re returning for The Adelaide Fringe in 2015, what brings you back to the land of the free settlers? It’s the Iced Coffee and fine dining restaurants right?

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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