Taylor Mason was phenomenal!

July 5, 2017

From the beginning of this experience, the Grable group was a pleasure to work with. They answered questions and made the event about as painless as it could be. Taylor Mason was phenomenal! We were advertising and hoping for a night of family fun and relaxation, and Taylor hit it out of the park. He helped in creating an enjoyable, non-threatening atmosphere for the families of our community. I would definitely see him again and would recommend him without reservation.  It was a great night!

Steve Spitzer
Taylorville, IL

Lose the News

July 3, 2017

Lose the NewsMaybe the biggest growth industry in the USA is the news/opinion business. Here’s my guide to success in the ever-expanding 24-hour news cycle. Good luck!

Interrupt loudly and often. Be prepared to cry immediately. Be prepared to bully immediately. Laugh at inopportune moments. Your modus operandi, your motivation, can be summed up thus: you want to radiate darkness the way sun radiates light. Pepper your comments with incomprehensible phrases like, “So with tax reform at an impasse, and healthcare D.O.A., you’re saying a Middle East peace accord will somehow stop crime in Chicago? How, exactly, would that work, sir?” Fabricate sources and statistics and be prepared to spout them when triggered. Use the word “trigger” in place of “caused” or “started.” Make stuff up. Own a purebred Rottweiler and name him “Peacemaker.” Learn to use the word “talent” in all its permutations. Singular (“I am the talent”); plural (“We are the talent”); definite article (“I am the talent, not you.”). Treat staff and techs with disdain, using statements like, “This is not some ego trip, people. This is about War and Peace and Dostoyevsky’s Selfish Steam!” When auditioning go for broke, and say, “I will resign from Amnesty International and Media Matters just to show I can be objective!”


Taylor, Franken, Davis, oh my! Taylor’s latest newsletter.

June 5, 2017

View Taylor’s latest newsletter, The Quality of Laughter - a great story involving the Taylor’s brush with the legendary comedy duo, Franken and Davis.

Cool Make-A-Wish Kid

May 24, 2017

Hi Taylor,

We just left the Disney Dream today where we were able to attend two of your shows. In one of the family ones, our daughter, Olivia, joined you on stage and you gave her your puppet LU SEAL. I wanted to extend our thanks. Our family was on the cruise because of Make-A-Wish. Olivia is a Wish kid with a long complicated health history, including cancer and a rare neurological disease that will one day take her life. You had no way of knowing this, but I wanted you to know just how much being on stage and your kind gesture meant to her. It added some extra magic and LU SEAL hasn’t left her side and is currently clutched in her arms as we wait for our plane back to Washington. Thank you for being a kind and intuitive performer. We appreciated the laughter and magic you brought to our family’s vacation. It meant the world to all of us.

Keep up the good work,
Brandon, Julie, Olivia, and Cole
DeCoria Tri-cities, Washington

Thank you again for a very enjoyable and fun evening


I just wanted to thank you again for a very enjoyable and fun evening this past Thursday in Fairfield Glade, TN. It’s very clear from the reception you received and the comments we’ve gotten since that you were an enormous success, and you have enabled FGRS to provide even greater services to our residents. Your considerable skills at the mic and on the keyboard were a real joy to watch, but I was as impressed with your graciousness and personal skills as with your talent. I will be on the lookout for your future bookings and look forward to seeing you again. And, in the event you’re ever hold over at the Crossville Int’l Airport, be sure and give us a call!

Earl (Roll Tide, Ya’ll!)

Roger Ailes

May 19, 2017

Roger AilesIt’s the mid-to-late 1990s. My manager at the time, Stanley Bernstein, got me a job with a fledgling “all-news” network. It turned out to be FoxNews, and of course I didn’t know anything about it at the time because it was a job. It wouldn’t have mattered who or what it was, the opportunity was too good to pass up. I moved my wife and two young children across the country from LA to Jersey, and got to work.

My job was really fun. I’d been hired to write, manipulate and voice the White House dog. This was during the Clinton Administration, and they had a chocolate Labrador named Buddy. I actually created the puppet myself, based on the same kind of dog Marsia and I had – a chocolate Lab we’d had for years named “Elvis” – and the TV network made a “dog bed” that looked like the presidential seal. We cut a hole in the bottom, right in the middle, so I could make it look as if Buddy was talking directly to the camera, from somewhere inside the White House.

We shot some 30-35 short “episodes” over a 10-day period. It was slick. State-of-the-art production plus a really cool set, the whole nine yards. The concept was simple: Buddy gave up-to-the-minute reports on what was really happening in the West Wing:

“Wow (pant, pant) things are crazy! Last night the chief came home late. Mrs. Clinton was waiting for him in the big room. There was a lot of screaming. I heard a lamp break. I tried to peek in through the door, but she was coming out at the same time and tripped over me, and she got even angrier… (pant, pant)….”

After 10 days, however, the subject of getting paid came up. I needed some cash. I went to my producer, Marvin Himmelfarb, and he said, “Call me tomorrow before you come in.” Which I did.

It’s an old, OLD, showbiz story. So I won’t bore you. I called. I left a message. I went to work and was told, “Sorry, we’re not filming today.” I called the next day. Etc.

I finally got up the nerve to call someone I’d never met. I was familiar with Roger Ailes for his political work on behalf of George H.W. Bush. He was the boss. I called him. His secretary took a message. He never called back. And that was the end of my job.

Around the same time I did a radio show with the once-famous Dick Cavett. Mr. Cavett was on the downside of a long successful career in media, and he was hosting a comedy series. We met, briefly, and I mentioned I was working for a new cable news outlet. He said, “I’m working there, too!” He mentioned Mr. Ailes.

I said, “I’ve never met him. I hope to sometime soon.”

Cavett responded, “You won’t meet him tomorrow. He’s not feeling well.”

I said, “Oh, so you’re saying Roger… ails.”

Cavett laughed out loud. “You can use that!” I said.

I don’t blame people for business stuff like this. I don’t hold grudges. Stanley Bernstein always did his best by me. Marvin Himmelfarb is probably long gone by now. Cavett did actually work for FoxNews for a time. And I never met Roger Ailes.

But FoxNews? I don’t watch.

Well, he’s done it again! Taylor’s May Newsletter: No Place Like Gnome

May 16, 2017

Enjoy Taylor’s May 2017 Newsletter: No Place Like Gnome.

Why is Taylor making Agribusiness his business?

April 28, 2017

Why is Taylor making Agribusiness his business? Read all about it in this month’s newsletter!

Taylor Mason is a 10

April 27, 2017

I would rate Taylor Mason a 10. He was very professional and his jokes were done off-the-cuff and in good taste. I introduced him to a few key people within the Bank and because he also did his research on the Bank. He did a nice job personalizing the comedy.

Ruth Nebergall
Vice President
Guaranty Bank & Trust
Cedar Rapids, IA

Are you kidding me?

Are you kidding me? My expectations were way high and Taylor Mason exceeded them greatly.

Ron Price
Farmington Civic Center (New Mexico)