Simon Taylor: Epic

Reviewed by Peter Newling

The two flights of stairs that lead up to The Toff In Town in the old Curtin House building help walk off a pre-show meal (although there is an elevator for those not so inclined). An impressively large and diverse Tuesday night crowd made the trek up the stairs to kick their festival off with Simon Taylor.

According to the MICF website, Taylor has written for such luminaries as Shaun Micallef and Jay Leno – and working for such comedy heavyweights has had a very positive impact on his style and talents.

In an industry where content is dominated by nark, Simon Taylor is a breath of fresh air. His material is not political or based on negativity – rather he takes his audience on a journey based on his own life experiences, including his recent marriage, his quest for a dog, and his travels in the States. Throughout this, the common thread of his beautiful relationship with his grandfather is interwoven amongst the stories, and gives the hour a solid foundation in genuineness and warmth.

Simon’s on-stage presence is glorious. An accomplished story-teller, he comes across like a friend who you like to spend time with, just to listen to his hilarious interpretation of what’s been happening since you last met. His 2022 offering also gives Simon an opportunity to show off some pretty impressive back-up skills in music, poetry and magic along the way – and he offers a masterclass in setting up a gag then blindsiding the audience with a surprise punchline.

Simon’s book – One Night Stand has received very positive reviews, and he is more than happy to make himself available to sign copies and have a chat at the end of the show.

Whether or not you’ve seen him before, or read his book, this is a show well worth adding to your list for the 2022 MICF.

Simon Taylor – Epic is playing Mar 31 – Apr 24

5 Good Reasons to see Simon Taylor – Happy Times

1. Simon has received 5 stars from The Age and he didn’t even need to bribe them for it. And let’s be honest, they could really use the cash right now.

2. This show details the true story of Simon being told he would be a dad, then being told he might not be the dad, then going crazy trying to work out if he was the dad. It’s a hilarious mess.

3. Simon guaranteed at least 50 big laughs or your money back. Conditions apply. The condition is that you don’t count and you don’t expect your money back.

4. There is stand-up, dancing, singing and it’s all done while Simon wears very skinny jeans.


Simon Taylor performs Happy Times at Trades Hall from March 29-April 22

5 Good Reasons to See Simon Taylor – Personal Best

There is in fact only One Good Reason to See Simon Taylor

1. Billions of years ago, stars exploded and dust from those stars settled on the crust of the Earth. From that dust, simple organisms formed and from those organisms humans evolved into their current form. This means that we are all, scientifically speaking, made from the very dust of stars. With this in mind, Simon Taylor is quite dusty. This dust emerges in a beaming showcase of high energy performance, sharp wit and well considered comedy stylings.
The performance booms and trickles and swoops and scuttles around the room until it seeps through the pores of your skin, like a frog absorbing life giving water. Be a part of this immersive entertainment experience.
Drink it up and let it nourish the stardust that sits in your bones.
Open your mind to the cosmic force of the universe by embracing the joy infused into this comedian through the vibration of ancient atoms.

There are also dick jokes.*

*well maybe 2

Simon Taylor is performing Personal Best at The Butterfly Club.
For Bookings and Information go to the MICF website:

Shows at the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival previously reviewed by Squirrel Comedy

By Colin Flaherty

It’s not long until the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival gets into full swing. To assist you in navigating the colossal program, here are 26 shows that we have reviewed in other festivals. Keep in mind that all shows will have undergone a fair bit of spit and polish since we last saw them.

2014 – When We Were Idiots: A Comedy Walking Tour Hosted by Xavier Toby
Burke & Wills Statue, City Square (Melbourne Fringe 2013)

Alexis Simmonds 0-9 Tales of a Straight, Single Cat Lady
Comedy On Collins (MICF 2013)

Andy Matthews – String Theory
ACMI – Games Room (Melbourne Fringe 2013)

The Boy With Tape on His Face – More Tape
Forum Theatre – Upstairs (Adelaide Fringe 2014)

Cam Knight – 100 Percenter
The Upstairs Lounge @ Hairy Little Sista (Adelaide Fringe 2014)

CJ Delling – Reality Bandit
The Bull and Bear Tavern (Adelaide Fringe 2014)

FanFiction Comedy
Melb Town Hall – Cloak Room (Edinburgh Fringe 2013) & (MICF 2013)

Impromptunes: The Completely Improvised Musical
Trades Hall – The Annexe (Melbourne Fringe 2013)

The Improv Conspiracy : A Night in Chicago
The Croft Institute (Melbourne Fringe 2013)

Marek Platek : Wormhole
The Provincial Hotel (Melbourne Fringe 2013)

Juliette Burton – When I Grow Up
Trades Hall – The Meeting Room (Edinburgh Fringe 2013)

Late Night Letters and Numbers
Melb Town Hall – Powder Room (MICF 2013)

The Little Dum Dum Club Live Podcasts! Five Boroughs
(MICF 2013)

Marcel Lucont : Gallic Symbol
The Tuxedo Cat (Adelaide Fringe 2013)

Nellie White is The Shitty Carer
Imperial Hotel (Melbourne Fringe 2013)

Political Asylum Late Night Riot!
Melb Town Hall – Supper Room (MICF 2013)

Pop Mashup : Happy Birthday Doctor
The Butterfly Club (Melbourne Fringe 2013)

Radio Variety Hour
Comedy On Collins (Melbourne Fringe 2013)

Rhys Nicholson – Eurgh
Portland Hotel – Gold Room (Adelaide Fringe 2014)

Sam Allen & Chris Harrigan Inside the Egg: The Life of Anne Geddes’ Prisoner Children
ACMI – Games Room (Melbourne Fringe 2013)

Set List
Melb Town Hall – Lower Town Hall & Victoria Hotel – Vic’s Bar
ttp:// (MICF 2013)

Simon Taylor : Funny
Imperial Hotel (Melbourne Fringe 2013)

Sitcom Theme Song Singalong and Trivia
The Provincial Hotel & Imperial Hotel (Melbourne Fringe 2013)

Stephen Hall : Raiders of the Temple of Doom’s Last Crusade
Comedy On Collins (Melbourne Fringe 2013)

Wizard Sandwiches : The Last Lunch
Trades Hall – The Music Room (Melbourne Fringe 2013)

Wolf Creek : The Musical
Trades Hall – Old Council Chambers (Melbourne Fringe 2013)

Shows at Adelaide Fringe Festival previously reviewed by Squirrel Comedy.

The Adelaide Fringe is soon upon us, it’s a fabulously varied festival with a big comedy contingent that gives punters a chance to catch up with shows from last year’s festivals as well as discovering exciting brand new work, some of which will make it’s way to other capital cities throughout the year.

This year we hope to bring you some reviews in the early part of the Festival. Meanwhile here are some reviews we prepared earlier.

Eurodad – Adam Rozenbachs 
Palace Nova – Cinema 9

Luke McGregor – My Soulmate is Out of My League
Garden of Unearthly Delights – The Spare Room

The Producers Bar

Radio Variety Hour
The Producers Bar

Rom Com Con – Mace & Burton
Bakehouse Theatre – Main Stage

Simon Taylor – Funny
Garden of Unearthly Delights – The Spare Room

The Last Temptation of Randy
Garden of Unearthly Delights – Le Cascadeur

Wolf Creek The Musical
The Producers Bar

Wizard Sandwiches: The Last Lunch
Tuxedo Cat @ Raj House – Room 2

The above shows were all very popular and are highly recommended by us, some are even award winners.

The Adelaide Fringe Festival is on from the 14th of February til the 16th of March. All  information can be found at their website

Simon Taylor – Funny

By Elyce Phillips 

Simon Taylor’s ‘Funny’ is a new hour of stand-up comedy from someone who has been more renowned in the past for being an excellent magician but in this show he  presents exactly what it says on the label. With a keen observational eye and charming delivery, Taylor does nothing but bring the funny.

2013 RAW Comedy finalist Jay Morrissey did a short set first, warming up the crowd with a blend of self-depreciation and bravado. His performance was a welcome surprise. Morrissey was confident in his material and even managed to fit a little play into the spot. Not only was his set a joy to watch, it was also really great to see new talent being supported in this way. I’m certain Morrissey will earn himself a good number of new fans.

After the audience had been adeptly warmed, Taylor took to the stage, tackling topics from language to reality TV to relationships and bringing his deft wit to all. His breakdown of Australian accents is particular highlight, illustrating the strange poetic beauty of boganisms. Taylor was quick to establish a rapport with the audience. The atmosphere of the room was relaxed and Taylor’s interactions with the audience felt genuine. There was the odd joke about someone’s hometown or relationship status, but it was never mean-spirited.

‘Funny’ is a well-rounded piece of stand-up. Yes, there are explorations of how we function in society, but there are also jokes about Craigieburn. Taylor’s material is sharp and very clever, and he’s not afraid to show a bit of vulnerability as well – perhaps best illustrated in his bit about compromises in relationships. It makes for a show that is intelligent, endearing and all too relatable.

Taylor’s work building up his comedy skills at gigs around Australia and in the USA have paid off. Catch him while you can, before he starts getting the nightly sold out audiences his show deserves. You’ll even pick up some handy tips on how to deal with taxi services.

Simon Taylor – Funny is on at The Imperial Hotel until October 6.