On the Couch with Simon Taylor

Simon Taylor oncWho is Simon Taylor?
He’s a young man whose dream as a child was to grow up to be Han Solo. But that dream died so now he writhers around the world as a stand-up comedian, writing jokes for famous people and performing to delighted audiences. Oh well.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Think of better answers to hypothetical questions.

Who inspires you and why?
The Red Power Ranger. He’s a natural leader but can still work in a team. He’s also got a cool sword.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Teach breakdancing to terrorists to help vent their anger and turn war into an international dance-off.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
My bed. Most of my time is spent touring or doing gigs. So holiday destinations are work and my home is a holiday.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Cheap dumplings. I’m pretty classy.

What are you currently reading?
Funemployed by Justin Heazlewood, Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Murder in Mississippi by John Safran

What are you currently listening to?
My inner monologue telling me that I should take the washing off the line. Do I need that many undies? Don’t answer that, it’s my problem to solve.

Happiness is?
The internal realisation that nothing is created, nothing is destroyed but everything transforms. We are but a twist in the fabric of the universe, physically transient but eternal in the loop of existence. It’s striving for the spirituality that derives from an innate understanding that we are part of something bigger and that cosmic knowledge hugs our cerebral cortex from conception to our departure from this life. It’s the notion that love radiates from the cells in our body; cells that derive from the very dust of stars that made their way to the crust of the Earth to become the foundation of us all. And making out with hot babes.

What does the future hold for you?
Hopefully making out with hot babes.

Simon Taylor is an Australian stand-up comedian based in Melbourne and LA. He is the host on Channel 31’s flagship show Live on Bowen along with his web show Beat Streets with Simon Taylor. He was a writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno until its completion and now writes for Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell on the ABC.

Simon has toured the world with his standup in places diverse as New York, Albuquerque, Singapore and Cambodia. He is a recipient of The Butterfly Club’s prestigious Under Our Wing Award, previously won by Tim Minchin and Sammy J.

Simon will be performing his show Funny at Perth’s Fringe World Festival: 29 January – 3 February 2015. You can also catch Simon at: Adelaide Fringe: 13 February – 1 MarchBrisbane Comedy Festival: 3 – 8 March; and Melbourne International Comedy Festival: 25 March – 19 April.

Image: Simon Taylor