Magician turned funnyman, Stuart Taylor, is gearing up for another stint of comedic laughter later this month when he performs his one-man show Stuart Taylor Seriously Funny at the Port Elizabeth Opera House on October 29.
Comedy with Stuart Taylor forms part of the second instalment of The Herald Comedy Series, which was launched in July at the Opera House.
Currently in Cape Town for the comedy festival, Big Five, featuring the likes of Barry Hilton, Riaad Moosa and Nik Rabinowitz at the Artscape Theatre Centre, Taylor said he was looking forward to being back in Port Elizabeth after having played host at the Kings and Queens of Comedy show.
“The last time I was that side I did a show called BeSpoke at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, which won the coveted Ovation Award, so I’m very excited to be back,” Taylor said.
Taylor said his upcoming Port Elizabeth show would feature “material I’ve developed over time”.
“My shows consists of topical things such as current social issues and relationships – it’s loosely unscripted comedy,” the comedian said.
Taylor not only performs comedy but also produces shows, under his company stable, Taylor Made Productions, which he runs with his wife of 12 years, Elisca.
“We’re currently producing the Big Five, which is on as we speak and I’ve done shows for Loyiso Gola and Konrad Koch, to name but a few,” he said.
The father of two said going into business with his wife was a no-brainer, but the couple had to set ground rules not to mix up “work time with family time”.
“Nothing is without its challenges but we’re very excited and passionate about what we do, which makes things easier for us,” Taylor said.
Taylor has produced nine one-man shows. He has toured South Africa, scooping several awards including overall best comedy award at the National Arts Festival and the Show Time award for best solo performance.
Internationally, Taylor has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Berlin International Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival and Montreaux Comedy Festival in Switzerland, as well as in New York.
The author of Learner Husband: A Handy Guide for avoiding collisions with your wife said audiences could expect “seriously funny comedy”.
“I love to dissect issues, talk about social change but without passing judgement. Like now we’ve got the movement and I’ll talk about that but in a relaxed manner, share my perspective but obviously I want my audience to have a great time and laugh at all my jokes,” Taylor said.
Doors open at 6.30pm and the show starts at 7pm. Tickets are available at Quicket at R150 per person or R500 for four guests.
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