Tag: social psychology

REVIEW: Simon Taylor’s 10 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT YOU

Fall in love with laughter!

By Adam Tonking

Every now and then a show comes along that you can’t help but fall in love with. One of the many joys of reviewing is that I get to write a love letter to it.

I admit it, I have a crush on 10 Things I Know About You, written and performed by Simon Taylor.

On the surface, this show is about psychology, a topic that clearly fascinates Taylor. He takes us through the psychology of morality, delusion, love, comedy, and ultimately happiness; but this is first and foremost a comedy routine, and it is hilarious.

Taylor sings to us, he dances for us, he regales us with stories from his life and quotes from his psychology textbook. He is so delightful, and so very talented, that you can’t resist being drawn into his upbeat exploration of the human mind.

In between the constant laughs and all the psychology, this is a cleverly-crafted show. Taylor is in complete control of his audience and his material the entire time; no line is superfluous, no joke misses its mark. Even when it’s informative, it never ceases to be funny. And through all of his antics, he never strays from the flow of his narrative arc.

The various butts of his jokes were sometimes a little too obvious, but he comes at them from a fresh perspective, and keeps them contextual. It never feels like pandering, or playing for cheap laughs.

All of this builds to an amazing finale of such simplicity and brilliance it blows you away. You leave the show with a smile on your face and a spring in your step, and – if you’re me – head home to write a love-letter to it.

Taylor’s show is magnificent, and I dare you to see it and not come out feeling better about the world. And a little bit in love.

But enough gushing like a schoolgirl. Simon Taylor’s 10 Things I Know About You is on at The Butterfly Club, 204 Bank St, South Melbourne from Wednesday 28 March till Sunday 22 April, at 8pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays, and 9pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Book at www.thebutterflyclub.com, and do it now.

REVIEW: Simon Taylor in PIECES OF MIND

“For a very funny show, you sure do learn a lot about human behavior…!”

by Christine Moffat

Simon Taylor’s new cabaret show Pieces of Mind is an entertaining combination of comedy, psychology and good old-fashioned showbiz mind-reading. 

The show’s opening preview evening at The Butterfly Club for the Melbourne Comedy Festival enjoyed a full house, including a group of skeptics that had come along to check out both Taylor’s methods and his success rate. However, by the end of the evening, they were forced to admit he turned out to be 100% accurate!

Taylor’s performance style is a cross between stand-up comedian,  psychologist and TV psychic.  It’s a strange blend, but it works because Taylor is a charming and warm performer who engages and involves his audience from the very beginning as he explains his concept of putting together pieces of “the mind puzzle” with a little bit of help from us. 

Taylor takes us through some basic social psychology such as conformity and lie theory, and breaks the concepts down without making it feel like he is spoon-feeding his audience.  Moreover, an unexpected extra level is brought to the show when Taylor sneaks in a surprising subtext of tolerance and the universality of the human condition. 

Oh, and did I mention he brings Sigmund Freud to the show?!  As Taylor himself says, “I can’t sleep without him…”

If you’re now thinking, “See Pieces of Mind – Simon Taylor will surprise you, and he’ll impress you, and most of all, he’ll make you laugh” – then you read my mind!

Simon Taylor stars in Pieces of Mind for the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2011

Venue: The Butterfly Club, 204 Bank St, South Melbourne

Dates: Tuesday 29 March to Sunday  24 April (no shows Mondays). Previews all 1st week.

Tickets: Full $22, Concession $19, Groups $18 (8+), Previews & Tightarse Tuesdays $15

Times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Sundays at 8pm; Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 9pm

Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com

Duration: 60 minutes approx