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Stuart Taylor’s new show explores the crazy ups and downs on the roller coaster ride of aspiration


Steyn du Toit - 2011-08-25

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 The award-winning duo of comedian Stuart Taylor and director Heinrich Reisenhofer have teamed up once again to create yet another sure-fire comedy that features witty stories, astute observations and thought-provoking punch lines that will have you bent over with laughter.

With Taylor’s style being aptly described as classy, laid-back and enigmatic, Money’s Too Tight To Mention explores the crazy ups and downs on the roller coaster ride of aspiration. In his light-hearted, infectious style Taylor comes to grip with our current financial crisis and the drive to keep up with the new Joneses and shares some humorous, inspiring tips on how to get through the rough patch.

Money's Too Tight To Mention – wasn't that a song originally?

The song was just called “Money's too tight”. The great thing is that we play it in the foyer before the show starts and one young man commented in Jozi, “Wow, they even have a song!”

Why that title and what's the idea behind the show?

It sums up quite nicely how loads of people feel at the moment. Times are tougher and you have a choice – you can cry and get depressed or you can come to a show that makes light of it and leaves you with a sense that you are not alone.

It’s always great to see comedians drawing inspiration directly from current events. How important is this for you when sourcing material?

Everything I say on stage has to be based on what is affecting me right now – my director won't let me just tell jokes for the sake of getting the laughs. I understand why, though ... people respond in a more genuine way to personal stories because they see themselves in the details. 

How well do you and your director get on during rehearsals? Any interesting stories to share?

He has a leather whip ... need I say more? Actually it's been a relationship that's been building, since this is our third collaboration. I feel a bit more comfy now when we argue a point when I feel it is merited.

You must obviously like each other, as you've worked together before. What makes him great?

He is an award-winning drama director and that shows in the end result. He gives the material depth and texture. I see the audience feeling like they had a fulfilling experience as opposed to just having laughed for the hour. Don't get me wrong –  there are loads of laughs, it's still a comedy show, but the audience laughs from a different place.

A review recently said that the show is “Taylor Made for Laughs”. What other funny descriptions of your shows have you seen/heard recently?

“Stuart is right on the money with this new show ...”   

A great opening to the first review said: “A comedy show so hard hitting it leaves you thinking – really thinking.”

“Comedian Stuart Taylor’s one-man show Money’s Too Tight To Mention is a show unlike any other I’ve seen.”

“It has its laugh-out-very-loud moments, but is also a huge eye-opener.”

“It's not a funny description, just a ego-stroking one.”

On a scale of one to ten, how "clean" is your show?

The content is squeaky clean – we put an age restriction of 16 because you would probably miss the point unless you know what being broke feels like. There is a bit of swearing, but nothing over the top.

What's the worst feedback you've ever received after a show?

I never get it directly. I'm sure, though, that if I hung out in a bathroom stall after the show I'd be privy to the really bad crits. People are remarkably open while they are at their most vulnerable.

And the best?

Once an audience member laughed so hard she pooed her pants – true story. I will take that as the greatest compliment! Also, I was once doing a gig in Green Point and Graham Norton walked up to me and said, “Good job!”. It was in 2001, two days before my first one-man show – what a confidence booster!

 

  • Stuart Taylor’s Money’s Too Tight To Mention can be seen at the Baxter Concert Hall, for four performances only, from 31 August to 3 September 2011 at 8.15 pm. To book tickets visit www.baxter.co.za.

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