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TECHNICOLOURED (article first published : 2006-04-17)

They say "presentation is everything" and Technicoloured, Stuart Taylor's new show at the Catalina Theatre, starts off with great flourish onto a well-decorated set. He is the reigning South African National Comedy Magic Champion, a title that he has held for three years, and he intersperses his stand-up comedy routine with appropriate acts of illusion and magic, very deftly performed.

His comedy routine follows pretty well the standard pattern of this ilk but what raises it above the usual is that his train of thought is controlled. He sticks to his subject of the moment and on the remains clean and wholesome although he does use the occasional four letter words, usually in context and not offensively. The audience rightly loved him and he delivers some very funny lines. For those who don't know, he is the presenter of Going Nowhere Slowly and anecdotes of filming the show feature strongly in his patter, as well as how to have a successful marriage and strong digs at Telkom.

Cape Town-based, Stuart Taylor makes a welcome debut at the Catalina Theatre in his new show. He is a Stellenbosch graduate and this shows in his intelligent patter and he never sinks to "put down" humour. His clever publicity line for the show states that he joined the Cape Comedy Collective to ensure that people "laugh at my jokes and get mystified by my magic - and not the other way around!"

The show is directed by Heinrich Reisenhofer, who also directed The Coolie Odyssey and is being presented at the Catalina Theatre from April 11 to 23.

Shows Tuesdays to Saturdays at 20h00 (Sundays at 18h00). Tickets R60 (R50 students and pensioners) and booking is through the theatre on 031 305 6889. Maurice Kort




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