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Adelaide Fringe '18 Review: Simon Taylor - Happy Times


Adelaide Fringe '18 Review: Simon Taylor - Happy Times

Adriana Sinicropi

Stand-up comedy genius Simon Taylor is a comedian based in New York, who tours within the United States, Asia and Australia. With his brilliant writing talent, Simon is recognised as a writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has been described as “a shooting star of the comedy scene” by Time Out Hong Kong and “a master of timing” by The Age.

Lucky for us, Simon’s success has brought him to the Garden of Unearthly Delights at Adelaide’s Fringe Festival to perform his tale, Happy Times. His interactions with people in the audience along with his singing and cringe-worthy dance moves were unique and hilarious elements of his fantastic performance. Warning: spoilers ahead!

Simon Taylor’s Happy Times is a depiction of life-changing events, starting with a gorgeous blonde on a night out and later discovering he could become a dad. Although his chances of becoming a dad were as slim as being hit by lightning, ironically, Simon had already been struck by lightning.

On his roller-coaster ride of self-preparation for parent-hood, Simon discovers he may have to give in to wearing sandals to formal events and down-play his knowledge of famous rapper, Cardi B. Simon then attempts to master ‘dad’ dance moves, before preparing his responses to hard-hitting questions his future child may ask.

The exaggeration of such dad-like habits, along with the irony and bitter-sweetness of the story, not only had us roaring in our seats, but also had us begging to hear how this wild tale would end.

WHERE: The Garden of Unearthly Delights

WHEN: 16th February - 18th March at 8.15pm (excluding 19th February & Wednesdays)

DURATION: 50 minutes

PRICE: $27 - $30 AUD

STAR RATING: 4 out of 5 stars

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