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Simon Taylor's 'Human', Plus Interview

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Before writing this article, I didn't know Simon from a bar of soap. Casting my eyes over the above 'glam shot', my brain flicked through it's rolodex of mental associations. Eventually, spitting out: "I don't know, Chris. Kinda looks like one of them Backstreet Boys. Does that help?" Ugh, for goodness sake, brain! Jeepers creepers! So, yeah…instead of jumping to premature conclusions, I decided to remain open-minded, and allow Simon himself to fill me in.

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c/o Simon Taylor

Upon chatting to Simon, the first thing that struck me was his eloquence. Rather than mundane and predictable, his responses were insightful - far from 90's boygroup-ish. For instance, upon randomly mentioning my reservations about replacing David Letterman with Stephen Colbert, Simon pointed out "It takes a couple of years to settle into that job", then backed this with several indisputable examples. This youngen (I'd previously classified as some prom-king) had changed my mind. With ease.

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c/o Simon Taylor

Upon skimming Simon's profile, I made a further baseless assumption - this time, regarding his career path. That he'd simply exchanged writing for performing, then quickly risen to prominence. Only to be set straight again - "I've always been onstage. Even when I was eighteen I was doing poetry. And then I did improv'. And then I did magic... Started singing as well". Indeed, recently scouted by A List Entertainment (as a comic), they were also surprised by this multi-talented talent.

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c/o Simon Taylor

What also impressed, was Simon's adaptability. For instance, "I learned how to write jokes on Twitter...You'd write a joke, and you knew if it was good cos people would re-tweet it". Only retaining the well-received (reviews on the below website confirming this). His adaptability, also evident via an ability to differentiate. For instance, his observation "Americans are less conservative". However, given their sensitivity to Trump jokes (I'm generalising of course), I'm not sold. Then again, I haven't written for both Jay Leno and Shaun Micallef.

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c/o Simon Taylor

Though a craftsman, a self-described "showman". I'd personally associated 'showman' with some tacky Vegas singer. Perhaps overlooking the more positive (and coincidentally, accurate) association - 'sensitivity' ie. like those TV hosts he aspires to, Simon's switched on to his audience. So as I repeatedly asked about issues he likes to tackle, forced to hammer home - "Again, it's always funny first". That, "if I've got a room of 100 people, I wanna make 100 people laugh".


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Why? Cos this comic once wrote for Jay Leno. Hello?
When: Now till April 17th
Phone: Ticketmaster on 1300 660 013
Where: Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton.
Cost: $22 - $29
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