Simon Taylor does a ‘bunch of cool stuff’ at the Butterfly Club on a crisp winters night. His CV sums up the order of things.
- 5 years old: Elvis impersonator
- 12 years old: break dancer
- 18 years old: rapper
- 19 years old: poet
- 20 years old: magician
- 21 years old: improviser
- 22 years old: comedian
- 27 years old: singer
- Present: all of the above
No-one can look so sorted in a suit without a stylist to flat lay his wardrobe.
“A lot of my craft as an entertainer came from doing shows at The Butterfly Club. It’s where I learned to connect with an audience. It’s where I learned to present myself as a showman. It’s where I learned to be grateful to the people who helped make the show possible. It’s where I learned to be humble. It’s also where I discovered that I look AMAZING in a suit.”
He is a gentleman comedian who can pull ‘a’ Dove out of thin air. A warmth emanates throughout the performance, a romantic with an edge.
What are your thoughts on the medium of comedy, is it to carry a deeper exploration of society or do you prefer the wacky? MP
“Neither. I just like to induce the chemicals in people’s brains that make them feel happy.”
This is what Simon does. In a cynical world he is not; so much.
Simon is a ‘stand-up’ that takes the audience into the intimacy of his daily life. Simon is a singer with a great voice. Simon is a very clever magician. Simon is a poet hoping to evoke. I don’t think Simon can rap or breakdance as it wasn’t in the show, but Simon said he could.