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Theodore M.E. Taylor

Theodore M.E. Taylor learned comedy the hard way, and he says he owes that to Houston crowds. “We’re a good audience down here, but we don’t take bullshit,” says the local comic. Houstonians do something far worse than heckle, he says. “It’s called the H-town stare,” he says. “Being booed — you can boo me. Boo me, I’ll get off stage. It’s an out, but in Houston we have this thing where we just stare at you and don’t say anything.”

Taylor keeps the stares at bay with jokes about things that irk him, like black Republicans. “Now, I’ve been black most of my life — and I say most of my life because there was one point…where I thought Journey was the shit,” jokes the local comedian in one of his bits. While he’s met only a couple of black Republicans, he noticed that during the George W. presidential campaign, every white senator had a black friend who would field questions about the party’s tendency to ignore minority voters.

But Taylor doesn’t just tackle politics. “I don’t focus on one topic. I go from politics to midgets to homosexuality. If it’s funny, it’s funny.” Taylor opens for comedian John Knight at 8 and 10:30 p.m. today. He also performs at 8 p.m. Thursday; 7, 9 and 10:45 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. The Laff Spot, 17776 Highway 249. For tickets and information, call 713–955–9200 or visit $15.
April 3-5, 2008


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