SIMON Taylor took his dad to see the new Star Wars on Monday night, flipping the family tradition that saw father take son to see the original trilogy back in the day.
Now all grown-up and a major player in the Aussie comedy scene, Taylor wants to give something back to his dad, who talked about the importance of “being patient and not changing your values for anyone else”.
The theme of fatherhood is explored in Taylor’s latest show Happy Times, where he takes a poignant look at the period when he learned he would become a dad, only to find out he may not be the father, to then thinking it might be him after all.
“It’s a new show for me,” Taylor says.
“Very emotional, but packed full of jokes”.
Performing has been a major part of Taylor’s life since he was a child, but he didn’t start doing professional stand-up until he was 22, after completing a degree in psychology.
He says many Aussie blokes still have trouble discussing their emotions, and he wants them to become a little more metrosexual.
Critics have lauded Taylor for his versatility, and his shows include singing, dancing and a bit of comedy philosophising.
Taylor says any aspiring comic needs to get runs on the board.
“The only common factor between good and bad comedy is experience— doing lots of gigs,” he says.
The Melbourne comic says he is looking forward to playing the Fringe World Festival in Perth for the fourth year in a row.
“It feels like the city is getting involved—the festival is completely embraced by the people,” Taylor says.
Happy Times is on at the fringe from February 4-9.
by WILSON BELL