He’s a comedian. He’s a ventriloquist. He’s a musician. Clean enough for Disney, smart enough for Microsoft, and he’s coming to Warsaw.
Entertainer Taylor Mason has amassed quite the resume. The Illinois native started his career in 1980, amusing guests from behind a piano at Morton’s steak house in Chicago, often employing his ventriloquist dummy.
It didn’t take him long to move on up the ladder. By 1981, he was performing with the legendary Second City, performing a ventriloquist act at Zanies Comedy Club and eventually landing the job as the MC at Catch A Rising Star in New York.
In 1990, Mason was picked up for “Star Search” with Ed McMahon. He would go on to win the competition. In the 12-year run of the show, he was one of only four comedians to win the prize. The likes of Dave Chappelle, Sinbad, Drew Carey and Adam Sandler could only cinch runner-up during their stints on the show. It was during the 90s that Mason cemented his headlining routine, which is clean comedy, a portable keyboard and a variety of puppets.
In 2000, Mason performed at the Christian conference, Praise Gathering, in Indianapolis, where he debuted a puppet that resembled popular Christian musician Bill Gaither. The act went over so well that Gaither took him on tour and put him in several of his videos.
Mason continues to take his act on the road, working extensively with Disney Cruise Lines, and performing at comedy clubs, colleges and corporate events. According to his bio, “He’s inclusive, he’s genuinely interested in his audience and he’s 100 percent committed to every performance,every project, and every single job he takes.”
Mason will perform at Touch of Life Church, 2339 W. Old Road 30, Warsaw, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 13. The show is free. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.