WE’RE all pretty much in the same boat when it comes to relationships – and that’s why it is so much fun to recognise your own partnership foibles from a little distance.
Well, that’s the secret to noted funnyman Stuart Taylor’s recipe to making people laugh while at the same time providing sound advice on how to keep your marriage or relationship from wrecking itself on the rocks.
“A celebration of marriage,” says Taylor in explaining what his brand new show, The Learner Husband Book Launch Tour, which hits Port Elizabeth this week, is all about.
“An evening of fun for anyone at any stage of their relationship to come and laugh out of recognition.
“Having said that, it’s also a great ‘heads-up’ for anyone who is not yet in a serious relationship.”
Taylor said the show, which opens at the PE Opera House on Friday for a two-night run, was part comedy show with brand new material as well as an opportunity to have a meet and greet with the comedian and have a copy of his book Learner Husband – A Handy Guide for Avoiding Collisions with Your Wife signed.
The tour is taking place in six cities over two months and what makes itdifferent is the interactive dynamic.
“It’s hard to rehearse an interactive show because it requires an audience. Most of the time I rely on my 12 years of comedy experience and more than 20 years of performance experience.
“What is awesome and rewarding is that no two shows are alike because no two audiences react in the same way.
“The true secret weapon though is acclaimed director Heinrich Reisenhofer – he really puts me through my paces and ensures that the recipe is spot on.”
Taylor said people often laughed out of pain and recognition or relief that “I’m not the only one” when a comic told a story that they had experienced.
“The comic essentially helps you to distance yourself from your own situation and that outside perspective you get often helps you see the humour.”
Taylor said he had always tried to create an “experience” for an audience – a narrative of sorts that has them leaving with more than just having laughed at a few punchlines.
“It’s honesty. You’ll walk away thinking ‘I thought we were the only ones’ and you’ll breathe a sigh of relief when you see everyone nodding at the same things you are.”
From pop quizzes to onstage training in the art of “fake listening”, Taylor will explain to husbands what wives mean when they say words like “fine”, “five minutes” and “never mind”, while wives will finally understand why guys have to leave the toilet seat up.
Tickets are R85 and can be bought online at www.computicket.co.za or at Computicket. With the book retailing at R120, you can buy a combo of two tickets plus the book for R260.
Everyone who attends the show stands a chance of winning a romantic weekend away valued at R40000 from Old Mutual.