Aug
07

Outdoor Comedy ~ Taylor Tomlinson FRIDAY

The Comedy Store La Jolla at The Comedy Store - La Jolla

La Jolla, CA

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2 item min/person, we are 21+ with Valid ID*
*FOREIGN ID must also have PASSPORT, per CA STATE LAW
Food must be served in conjunction with alcohol
Doors open at 6:45 for 7:30 Showtime
- Lineups are subject to change
- No heckling


Masks are required for entry, and when not at your table.  Please maintain all social distancing standards to keep yourself and others safe.  

No Refunds

SPECIAL EVENT  -  OUTDOOR COMEDY!


Taylor Tomlinson

Taylor Tomlinson is too funny to be 25. Her perspective possesses a degree of wisdom
that’s typically earned with age. “Being in your twenties is like having a virus,” Taylor
quips in one of her beloved standup acts. “You can’t do anything about it. You just have
to wait till you get better.”

Focusing exclusively on Taylor’s old-soul clarity is tempting, but what makes Taylor
stand out isn’t just that she seems too young to understand youth so well. It’s that she
combines that vision with on-the-nose immediacy that can only come with still living in
the moments being lampooned.  “I think that’s what comedians do: We’re funny in the moment,” Taylor says.
“We’re just so self-reflective and narcissistic.” She laughs, then adds, “But I’ve always felt older
than I am. That virus joke is similar to a lot of my material in the new Netflix special. It’s
me being frustrated that I’m in a period of my life that everybody talks about like, "Ooof,
yeah, that was hard. It was fun! But I wouldn’t go back for anything.”

When Taylor’s new hour-long Netflix special, “Quarter Life Crisis,” debuts on Feb. 25,
2020, she’ll add another red-letter win to her already impressive comedic resume.
Performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, CONAN, Comedy Central's
Adam Devine & House Party, and Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup, as well as a top-ten
finish in season 9 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, have all endeared Taylor to a national
audience. Variety Magazine named her one of the Top 10 Comics to Watch at the Just
for Laughs Festival, and she’s a regular on What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage.
Taylor has spent much of the last year filling clubs across the country on her own 
headlining tour.

Along with Delanie Fischer and Kelsey Cook, Taylor also co-hosts Self-Helpless, an
iTunes Top 100 podcast that combines hilarious send-ups of self-help books, trends,
and more with genuine explorations and buy-in from the hosts. “We are all constantly
trying to better ourselves––we’re all perfectionists. Originally, we were like, ‘We’ll make
fun of self-help, and it’ll be hilarious!’ But then, we found we actually agreed with things
or found stuff that really helped,” Taylor says of the podcast.

Taylor is in her mid-twenties, but she’s honed her craft for more than a decade. The
California native began doing standup at 16 after taking a class with her dad––and she
never stopped. Churches, schools, and fundraisers were her first stages. When Taylor
turned 18, she played every club in San Diego that she could. “When I started doing 
standup, it was the first time I felt comfortable with myself,” Taylor says. “I think people I
went to school with were surprised––I was kind of quiet and introverted.”
Dating, friendships, our evolving relationship with technology and reality––Taylor
skewers modern twenty-something life with self-deprecating precision. Raised in a
conservative home, Taylor also prods Christianity and privilege with that same blend of
distanced awareness and personal familiarity that defines her jokes about her age. “I’m 
a perfectionist. I’m not really a risk-taker––being a standup comic to me is already risky 
enough,” she says. “I don’t drink. I don’t party, and I never have. My mom died pretty
young. I think when that happens when you’re a kid, you realize sooner than other
people that you aren’t in a bubble. You lose that self-perceived invincibility a lot of
young people have.”

Taylor’s Netflix special is the culmination of years of writing and performing, and it
shows. The set is a masterful display of deft timing, crowd connection, physicality, and
smarts. The material changed over the months that passed from pitch to performance,
reflecting shifts in Taylor’s own life. “A lot happened over the summer of 2019,” Taylor
says. “I ended up breaking off my engagement. It was a lot of growth in a very short
period of time. It changed the hour a lot from what I had submitted back in
February––and I think made it better.” For filming the special, Taylor chose the Aladdin
in Portland, Oregon.

“I found out I got the special and enjoyed it for about 20 minutes, then I got really
stressed and was pretty laser-focused,” Taylor says, laughing a little. “You think you’ll
take a break after you film it, but then you realize, ‘Oh shoot. I need a whole new hour of
material––I can’t take a break!”

Taylor can’t stop now. But she wouldn’t want to, anyway. “I just don’t think there’s
anything better than having a room full of people laugh at something you said. All I
really want to do is be really good at standup––and continue to get better at it,” she
says. “Saying ‘that’s all I really want’ feels insane because it’s so much to want.”


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