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Thursday, August 21, 2008


Born in Hinsdale, Illinois , Feb. 22, 1956. His early conection to the business of show was due to his fathers work on a local radio station and went along with him as he went to conferences for farming. When Mason was 10 years old his parents gave him a dummy, learned a little ventriloquism and didn't persue it till after injuring his leg during a college football game which sided lined him, so he did disc jockeying and comedy, and during this time an old friend was brought back to life again. He combined comedy, music and ventriloquism. He soon found himself at Morton's in Chicago as a comedic ventriloquist, playing piano. The following year found him at Second City as a musician. Zanies comedy club followed soon after that, in 1984 he became the house MC and was bouncing back and forth between Zanies and Morton's, getting comedy legs. Soon Zanies Nashville opened with the help of Taylor. 1985 he and his wife Marsha moved to NYC, His working at Catch a Rising Star as the MC from 1986-9 got him more exposure and positive critique. Between 1989-200 Mason ore then 1500 campus shows. During this time he earned himself 2 Family Entertainer of the year awards, as well as performing on the top comedy shows on television. In 1990 Taylor auditioned and won a spot on Ed McMahons star search, and like Terry Fator 17 years later won the grand prize of $100,000. Along with that win came more fame as well as a spot of his own on Show Time as star of the comedy club network'

He soon did a church gig will Bill Gaither which lasted another year, on 'The Homecoming Concert Tour' during this time Mason made a puppet that resembled Bill which was excepted with great joy, this followed by another 3 years of super large football arenas with Gaither. 2003 found Mason doing Bananas Comedy TV in a studio in columbus ohio... During this time Mason Made 4 DVDs for Gaither. 2005 and 2007 he made a childrens show called 'Taylor's Attic' where he feathered 12 of his friends... 3 more DVD"s Soom Followed for Hunter Lowery and Jonathan Bock namely' Thou Shall Laugh, Thou Shall laugh: The Deuce, and Thou Shall Laugh 3, how remarkly similar in name but totally different in material. He now works for the Disney Cruise Line, the ocassional college campus, corporate conferences as well as the comedy clubs across america..BRAVO Franklin Taylor Mason you've done well.

1 comment:

timgrable said...

Check out a clip of Taylor Mason from Thou Shalt Laugh V