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By Hilary Simmons
April 01, 2013
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By Hilary Simmons
April 01, 2013
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1 Man Debate with Simon Taylor is the exploration of one man's mid-twenties crisis. Besieged by the big questions in life – what is a “real” man? Are men becoming redundant? Will he ever meet a girl who genuinely likes Harry Potter? – Taylor is fiercely engaged in a debate with himself about what maketh the modern man.

He presents both sides of the masculine and feminine argument, lightening the material with some dodgy dance moves while revealing the mismatched nuances of his personality. A psychology graduate from Melbourne, Taylor is a slick performer with skilful, self-deprecating humour and a sly wit that mesmerises his audience (he also moonlights as a magician).

The boy/man really comes into his element when he takes on the role of adjudicator between his two internal squabbling selves — it's here that Taylor warms to his chosen material, expertly exploring gender stereotypes, double standards and zany Gen Y thinking. He’s the reigning Victorian Poetry Slam Champion, which lends his words a lyrical flair and perhaps contributes to the limitation of lewd material to two rudie-parts jokes in one hour.

Now is a good time to see Taylor on stage before his ticket prices triple (he started writing jokes for Jay Leno last year, no comments on his masculinity here). See him question the merits of chivalry versus sensitivity, then go home and ponder it over  a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich.

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