Stuart Taylor, with his distinctive blend of stand-up comedy and magic, is by far one of South Africa's finest entertainment acts, with a performance career spanning more than 25 years. He has been doing magic since his teens, when he studied it at the Cape Town College of Magic. Stuart went on to become the three-year reigning SA National Comedy Magic Champion.
He has been performing stand-up comedy for the past 20 years and is a veteran of South Africa's many comedy clubs. Stuart Taylor rose to prominence as the host of the hit travel show Going Nowhere Slowly on SABC 3. He is a magician turned comedian who has traded in his unusual adventures for delighting local and international audiences with his stand-up comedy acts (with an occasional touch of magic).
He has received critical acclaim for his performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Berlin International Comedy Festival, the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, and the Montreaux Comedy Festival in Switzerland. He has performed throughout most of South Africa.
Stuart has written, produced, and performed in nine one-man shows that toured throughout South Africa. His most well-known and famous shows include 'Techni-Coloured,' 'Learner Husband,' and 'Money's Too Tight to Mention'. Some of these solo performances have won significant honours such as the Ovation Award and Overall Best Comedy award at the National Arts Festival, as well as the Show Time Award for best solo performance. Stuart was inspired by the success of 'Learner Husband' to write the best-selling comic book, 'Learner Husband - A helpful guide for avoiding collisions with your wife,' which was released in 2013 with a large national marketing.
Stuart's television appearances include, but are not limited to:
• two Comedy Central specials (Live at Parker's) and
• his one-man performance, 'Money's Too Tight to Mention,' which will be shown on said channel
• Mzansi Magic aired a 6-part documentary titled 'Diary of a Touring Comic', which he wrote, produced, and directed.
• 'Evita Live & Dangerous,' 'Funny you should say that,' SABC's 'Comedy Showcase,' MNET's 'Laugh Out Loud'
• He has also appeared in a number of periodicals and talk shows throughout his career.
Stuart appeared in his first feature film, Finders Keepers, a comedy-drama directed and produced by Maynard Kraak, in 2017.