Home Run

January 18, 2017


January 18, 2017

Just a note of thanks. Taylor was a HOME RUN on December 4th! His performance was great and his crowd interaction and friendliness far exceeded our expectations. People are still talking about it.

He spent some extra time with a special needs visitor who was not even a part of our church but came with his family from out of town in order to be with us because he loves Taylor so much. Taylor gave him and his family special attention after the show and it was clear that experience was a GREAT gift to the family.

Thanks for being so easy to work with and I hope we can work together again in the future.

David Skidmore
North Boulevard Church
Murfreesboro, TN

Impressive

January 10, 2017


From the New Year’s Eve show this year:

Taylor made good use of his knowledge of our part of the country with clever jokes about Illinois and Wisconsin.  His ventriloquism was impressive – especially when moving back and forth between puppets.  Good audience participation.  Impressive that he recalled volunteers’ names at the end of the show, thanking them again and thanking our sound booth.  We’d have him back.

Ken Langley
Zion, IL

Woody and Me – Taylor’s Latest

January 6, 2017


Taylor’s latest newsletter features a couple of dramatic run-ins with one of the most celebrated coaches in football history. Read all about it!

Above and Beyond Expectations

December 30, 2016


I cannot say enough good things about Taylor Mason!  He performed above and beyond my expectations. He was quick on his feet and didn’t miss a beat!  The way he engaged the audience was amazing: remembering every name, using local cities and colleges in his jokes…. He was just amazing!

Some people are not fans of ventriloquism, but even those that weren’t, Taylor engaged them and kept their attention.  His “dummies” were perfect!  Loved the little pig!  At times I thought the pig WAS talking!

And the ½ mask that Taylor used on our Marketing director was the funniest thing I have ever seen!  Taylor had that “knack” of picking the correct people to bring on stage. And his multi-talents (singing, playing the keyboard, jokes, picking on the audience, ventriloquism) keep the attention of everyone.  It is a show I will never forget!

I would recommend Taylor to anyone and everyone!  If he ever needs a reference, I would be happy to give one.

We will definitely invite Taylor back again!  He is a top notch performer!

Lea
Rhythm City Casino
Davenport, IA

View Taylor’s latest newsletter: Christmas Time!

December 12, 2016


Tis the season!  Click here to view Taylor’s latest newsletter: Christmas Time!

 

Cracked Up for A Cause

December 8, 2016


Dear Taylor,

Thank you for an amazing evening of sidesplitting laughter and joy. Your act was hilarious. You had our folks rolling in the aisles and wanting so much more. Crack up for a Cause benefits the homeless in Livingston County, MI, by raising funds to shelter and feed those who need extra help throughout this cold winter. Your act packed the house. Thank you for one of the best nights of my life.

 

Cathy
Crack Up for A Cause
Howell, MI

Pure Flix Comedy All-Stars

December 6, 2016


Taylor Mason with SinbadI just played a small part in a new online/streaming video series.

The “Pure Flix Comedy All-Stars” will be available sometime in mid-February, and it was a blast to be part of such a cool event.

Show business is as much about the “business” part as the “show” part, and the sooner people in the creative arts figure that out, the sooner they seem to become successful.

Comedian Tommy Blaze is a good example. He’s defined “successful stand-up comic” for some 25 years, delivering heat-seeking punchlines across the USA and appearing on a myriad of television programs and in major motion pix. He’s moved from comedy to acting and now into production, as the “Comedy All-Stars” video is a vision he shares with Chris DiPetta (longtime comedy producer and booker) and the folks at Pure Flix.

Pure Flix is most well-known for its hit movie “God’s Not Dead,” (and the inevitable “GND2″) and is part of the “Christian” entertainment mix that has become very popular, even among the players in Hollywood.

Note: the “Comedy All-Stars” are not all so much Christian as they are “clean,” because we all know that Christians would NEVER use profanity, even for “artistic expression.”

With this comedy video, Pure Flix focuses on the family market, and they may have their finger on the pulse of an untapped audience.

Enter Mr. Blaze with a thorough working knowledge of his craft and the technical aspects that go into comedy, plus a lifetime of experience and all the contacts to boot. Which includes an endless number of friends/acquaintances and fellow performers. He writes, he executes, he performs and still, after all these years, makes things happen.

I got to be a part of this brainchild. It was a throwback – while also a look into the future – and it really worked.

There were some 14 comedy acts on the first evening of video which took place at the gorgeous Clayton Center in Clayton, North Carolina. Hosting these first four segments was Sinbad, a singular icon in entertainment and, like Blaze, a successful/killer live performer. He drew an amazingly diverse audience, matched only by the multi-racial, multi-generational comics who performed on stage.

That bucket list of talent includes Mary Ellen Hooper, Dwight Slade and Dale Jones, some of the funniest and most-seasoned people in comedy – all of whom deserve their own sitcoms or movies or platforms because they are brilliant. Some of the younger performers, Mia Jackson, Terri Moore and Chase Anthony, looked like they’d been born on stage and each brought down the house, making me think, “I’m sure glad I don’t have to follow them.”

Karen Rontowski, Jamie Bendall and Jamar Haynes Lee were not known to me when we met, but I definitely won’t forget them after this. Each had exemplary sets. Kevin Downey, Jr, fresh from an appearance on “Red-Eye” (one of my favorite TV shows), closed the evening with his off-the-grid, insanity-meets-reality stylem which was a perfect way to end a long evening (our audience stayed attentive and responsive and strong for the entire night! A tribute to Sinbad’s style and the quality of the above-named comedy all-stars).

My particular episode included two pals from the business:

  • Horace HB Sanders and I have done some TV/video work together, and he is always definitive and hilarious. Great to work with his energetic flow and his dynamic persona.
  • Patty Vasquez, who hosts a radio show of her own on WGN in Chicago (yeah! My dad’s old employer!) has shared the stage with me for a few gigs as well. Her takes on marriage and motherhood are timeless.

There were two more tapings over the weekend, hosted by Mr. Jeff Allen, who is a comedy lifer with the kind of resume most of us would die for. His career has taken an upward trajectory over the past 10-15 years, due in large part to his work ethic and attention to detail. He is a mesmerizing live act, whose humor has all sorts of edges to it, and to see his success is inspirational and admirable.

The last evening featured one of the funniest and most endearing people in all entertainment: Louie Anderson hosted the final 4 tapings. It absolutely does not get better than that. I’m looking forward to the finished product!

I will give you more details about “PureFlix Comedy All-Stars” when I get information, and it should be available online sometime in February.

Taylor

Taylor’s November Newsletter Is Chock Full of Thanks

November 23, 2016


Taylor’s November newsletter is chock full of thanks. CLICK HERE TO READ IT!

Struggling for air laughing

November 15, 2016


We first saw you on the Disney Fantasy last year. And we just caught all three of your appearances on the Fantasy his week. Just a note from fellow New Jerseyans to say we loved the shows and think you’re great. Watching my kids AND my wife struggle for air laughing at your shows was a true delight.

Thanks and all best!

Lex Friedman
New Jersey

We had a sell-out and donations exceeded our goal!

November 8, 2016


From start to finish, working with The Grable Group and Taylor Mason was a smooth, professional experience. Tim provided timely information, a professional contract and handled all the details of travel, hotel, etc. Taylor arrived on-time, read the house well and utilized what he learned to provide a very “local”, extremely funny experience for our guests.  I was impressed with how much he packed into the show and the great variety (music, humor, ventriloquism, stand-up) Taylor packed into his act. This year, we had a sell-out and donations exceeded our goal!

Shelly Radic
Project 127