November 27, 2014

Taylor Williamson returns to Buffalo

The last time comedian Taylor Williamson visited Buffalo he touring the country with finalists from season eight of “America’s Got Talent.” He took second place that season, losing only to Kenichi Ebina.

“I lost ‘America’s Got Talent’ to a Japanese man,” he joked on stage at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Millions of the shows viewers fell in love with Williamson’s humor, but prior to the show his stand up career was beginning to flatline.

“I auditioned out of desperation,” Williamson said. “My goal was to not get booed off stage. I didn’t imagine it would go so well.”

The California native wasn’t your average “class clown” growing up. He enjoyed making people laugh during class, and would follow his jokes by apologizing to his teachers for causing a disruption. He lost the “class clown” vote his senior year to a classmate who jumped out windows and frequently acted inappropriately, but he did not let that stop him from performing at open mic nights when he turned 17.

“If you’re going to school to be a lawyer you go to law school. It’s not like that with comedy,” he explained. “When being a comedian is your job, you’re a comedian right when you start. It takes a lot of perseverance.”

His comedy allowed him to perform at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada; be the youngest comedian to ever perform on the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson;” be named a semi-finalist on “Last Comic Standing;” and appear on “Last Call with Carson Daly,” MTV’s “TRL” and Comedy Central’s... Read the rest of this article in Entertainment


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