On the Couch with Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor_PETWho is Emily Taylor?
Emily Taylor is an acting, writing, performing type person who likes inventing bizarre characters and sharing them with audiences. She also refers to herself in the third person.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Right now I’m eating dinner. Next time I probably would add less salt and more food. Salt isn’t very nice for dinner. Now I know why people chuck it over their shoulder.

Who inspires you and why?
I want to say Kim Kardashian – just because I think she needs the confidence boost – but I’m going to say… the producers of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. You guys are the real heroes (air fist pump).

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Ban reality television.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Byron Bay – it has all the nice things and you can really grow out your body hair and work on your dental un-hygiene.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Docklands – what a vibrant, naturally ambient, buzzing, cosmopolitan cultural centre that place is! I love watching the tumbleweed spin down the streets.

What are you currently reading?
The script for Pet – my comedy festival show. Over and over again. I just can’t put it down! (Because I glued it my hands. It’s the only way to make me learn).

What are you currently listening to?
A couple outside my window having an argument over whether their dog looks more like him or more like her. They’re both trying to take credit for it. Personally I think it looks like an inbred Yoda and therefore like both of them.

Happiness is?
Like going over a huge wave in the surf. It’s thrilling, buoyant, comes with a great view, and the next one is a dumper so oh so fleeting.

What does the future hold for you?
My brand new Melbourne International Comedy Festival show Pet. It’s a one hour roller-coaster ride through the bizarrely hilarious world of pet ownership. I’m really looking forward to it! Now, if I can just get the script unglued from my hands…

Emily Taylor is a multi award winning actor, writer, improviser and comedian. Having worked extensively in theatre for the past 10 years, Emily also creates solo theatre and comedy shows.

Her critically acclaimed Cannonball won the Tiki Tour Ready Award at the 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival and Best Solo Show at the 2013 New Zealand Fringe Festival. It was then selected to tour regional Victoria with Melbourne Fringe On Tour and made its QLD debut at Brisbane Festival in 2013.

Emily’s debut cabaret show Hello You won a Green Room Award in 2010 and toured to TINA and Sydney Fringe. Since then she has performed with Spontaneous Broadway and Impro Melbourne and is an ensemble member of Melbourne Playback Theatre Company. Emily writes and performs sketch comedy with Impro Sketch and has co-created two improvised cabaret shows: Is This Your Life and Ten Minutes of Fame.

Recently made the face of the Coles “New Girl” advertising campaign, Emily has also appeared in several commercials, short films and television programs. Her brand new solo comedy show PET will premiere at the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival March 27th – April 20th.

For more information, visit: www.comedyfestival.com.au for details.

Image: Emily Taylor