Comedian, actor, writer and self proclaimed fool, Paul F Taylor one is one of those original and distinctive stand-up performers once seen, never forgotten. His unique brand of humour fuses quirky offbeat one liners with surreal and observational flights of fancy to fantastical effect. Offering up a high octane mish mash of unrelenting nonsense, Paul has been gigging at the most well-respected clubs in the country notching up regular slots at The Glee, Banana Cabaret, Comedy Café, Komedia, The Frog & Bucket, The Stand, CKP and many more. Paul has also toured extensively abroad, entertaining the crowds in Munich, Amsterdam, New York, Prague and Bucharest.
Supporting top acts such as Lucy Porter and Shappi Khorsandi, his charismatic oddball humor has seen him MC’ing at the 2009 Laughter Film Awards and providing warm up for TV shows such as The Week That Wasn’t (Sky) and the Made In Chelsea End Of Season Party (Ch4). He is also one half of successful double act Short & Curly with fellow comic Rebecca Shorrocks.
Crowned NATY New Act Of The Year 2013, and with nominations for Best New Show at Leicester Comedy Festival in 2014 and 2017, his latest abstract offerings are always on the not to be missed list.
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Paul first began performing comedy in 2006 on and off in various forms after he quit his job, went travelling and dabbled in some stand up whilst out in Australia. He told comedy.co.uk “I’ve been in a double act, I’m in a sketch group and my stand-up act has had many incarnations. If I’m honest I’m really very happy with what I’m creating as a comedian at the moment. In the last 2 or 3 years I can look back at some things I’ve done with real pride”.
And so he should. Aside from regular gigs at top notch venues on the circuit in the UK and abroad, he has taken 4 solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe. Starting in 2012 with The Pauly Show: Episode One in 2012 (a ramshackle sitcom pilot spoof) Paul followed with more traditional (yet always absurdly original) stand up shows including the humbly titled Paul F Taylor Presents The Greatest Show In The World Ever in 2013, Incredible Paul F Taylor in 2014 and Sour Apes in 2016. His impact on the festival scene is clear, with his material making both The Independent and Evening Standard’s TOP JOKES OF EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2016, Dave’s’ TOP TEN FUNNIEST JOKES OF THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2014 and getting three of his jokes listed in The Mirror’s TOP 100 JOKES FROM THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2014.
With tonal comparisons to Harry Hill, Paul describes his own style as “goofy, unpolished, energetic and sweaty… abstract observational comedy at its core”. And his influences stretch far and wide. When Broadway Baby asked him who’d be on the bill if he were curating a stand up show for TV, he replied “Only dead comedians. So I’d have to dig up then re-bury Mitch Hedberg, Richard Pryor and George Carlin in an ancient Indian burial ground. Then they’d reanimate for the gig. I’d also love to resurrect Eddie Izzard. He’s dead right? After those marathons? No?… Well Eddie Izzard for sure! If he’s not dead maybe he could work up a routine on what it must be like to be a zombie or something?”
Aside from comedy, Paul is an avid football fan, recently taking part in BT Sport’s Football Tonight with George Lamb. Paul has also recently finished shooting on the talking heads show, Animal Antics with Woodcut Media.
Paul is part of a collective alongside his Short and Curly partner Rebecca Shorrocks, making and starring in short films that have had great success in Festivals. He has achieved notable success as a screenwriter and actor. Milk! that he co-wrote and starred in, was the ShortCom Jury Select Winner 2015, and was in the official selection in LOCO, Nashville, LOL, Shortwaves, Glasgow and London Short Film festivals. It also won the Dead Short Film Competition at Leeds International Film Festival 2015. Battlecock! that he also co-wrote and starred in, made it into the official selection at the BFI London Film Festival 2013.