FEATURING: STUART TAYLOR
DIRECTED BY: ROB VAN VUUREN
GENRE: STAND UP COMEDY
TIME: 8.30PM | RESTAURANT OPENS AT 6:15PM
DURATION: 70 MINS
AGE RESTRICTION: 16Yrs
Stuart Taylor has always been funny. Part of a comedy vintage whose numbers include Nik Rabinowitz, Riaad Moosa and Kurt Schoonraad (the 1970s were clearly good years for creating Capetonian comics), he’s been making us laugh for a while. But his latest solo show is next level stuff. Taylor has ramped up everything – his delivery, his choice of material, his engagement – and turns in a masterful performance that has the ability to get audiences both laughing and thinking. There’s a crackling energy here, and the sense of somebody who has had it with the bullshit and is going to call it like he sees it. With humour, of course. But also with a great deal of sharp insight. And confident irreverence.
All the big issues are in the mix – race, class, gender, disability. Which makes it sound as clinical as an EFF workshop on contemporary socio-economics. But of course it’s not. Taylor has the ability to take a simple interaction with his son about a school project, and get you laughing even as he has slipped at least two of the above-mentioned big issues into the mix. His skill at seeing situations from a number of perspectives means he can rip off his child’s rah-rah accent at the same time as roasting a tik addict from the Flats. And while you’re belly-laughing, you’re also scheming “yes, that’s so right” or “shit, he’s made a good point.” He teases, he delights, he enchants – and he makes us examine ourselves. It’s a subtle talent, this, and not one that all comedians have. But Taylor’s show brings this out in shed loads.