Stuart Taylor is best known to South Africans as the presenter of SABC 3’s hit travel show, ‘Going Nowhere Slowly’. But when this Stellenbosch University science graduate is not in front of the camera with mud-powdered face and wind-styled hair, Taylor is enchanting local and international audiences with his headline, stand-up comedy and magic shows.
Stuarts shows can be tailored to suit any corporate requirement your event has, from product launches to corporate training videos.
Stuart Taylor’s award-winning formula of a meticulous fusion of comedy and magic earned him recognition as South Africa’s Comedy Magic Champion, a title he held for three years. After ditching his microscope and lab coat, Taylor’s delightful potion of enigmatic entertainment has mesmerised audiences from theatres to boardrooms across South Africa, performing for many of the country’s top companies.
Taylor’s uncanny ability to cast spells of unbridled laughter on virtually any audience, earned him the adoration of critics and fans for his performances at the Pleasace Dome at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Berlin International Comedy Festival and his sold-out comedy-magic theatre productions throughout South Africa.
Stuarts theatre production ‘Learner Husband’ played to critical acclaim across the country from the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg as well as a successful run at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and The Montecasino Main Theatre. This show was built on the success of his previous 1-man show ‘Techni-Coloured’ which had scooped some amazing reviews and awards, winning the prestigious Overall Best Comedy award at the National Arts Festival (2008) and the Show Time award (2007) for the best solo performance.
In 2012 Stuarts has toured the country with his latest solo offering ‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’ as well as ‘Learner Husband’.
Internationally, he has performed to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Berlin International Comedy Festival, New Zealand International Comedy Festival and the Montreaux Comedy festival in Switzerland.
In 2017, audiences saw Stuart starring in his first feature film, Finders Keepers, a comedy-drama directed and produced by Maynard Kraak.
Locally, he has performed throughout most of SA. Stuart has written, produced and performed 9 one-man shows that have toured across South Africa. His most noted and famed shows include:
‘Techni – Coloured’
‘Learner Husband’ & ‘Money’s Too Tight to Mention’. Some of these solo performances have scooped various awards including the prestigious Ovation Award and Overall Best Comedy award at the National Arts Festival, and the Show Time A ward for best solo performance.
The success of ‘Learner Husband’ led Stuart to write the best selling comedy book: ‘ Learner Husband – A handy guide for avoiding collisions with your wife’ which was launched in 2013 with a major national campaign.
Stuart’s TV credits include but is not limited to:
Two Comedy Central specials (Live at Parker’s)
‘Money’s Too Tight to Mention’ being aired on said channel.
A 6-part documentary ‘Diary of a touring comic’ (which he had written, produced and directed) was showcased on Mzansi Magic.
‘Evita Live & Dangerous’
Barry Hilton’s ‘Funny you should say that’
SABC’s ‘Comedy Showcase’
MNET’s ‘Laugh out Loud’
In addition, he has also appeared on various magazine and chat shows over the span of his career.