Prince Albert comedian Kelly Taylor will be performing in Yorkton next Friday (Oct. 11).
The show, at the Land Titles Building in the city, is being sponsored by Joe Beeverz Bar and Grille.
Taylor said he got into comedy largely because humour was almost a family trait.
“I got my start in Saskatoon while going to university,” he told Yorkton This Week. “My background was just a really funny family. Whenever my Dad or my brothers walked into a room, they could take over with humour -- brothers were more into insult humour, every conversation was a roast so you had to be quick.”
Of course other comedians were an influence too.
Taylor noted he “loved Letterman, and SNL” as a kid.
In terms of style, Taylor said he looks to the world around him to find humour.
“My style is relatable real life stuff,” he said.
“My process is a jot note, maybe two words on a piece of paper. I have never written out a joke. When I am on stage and things feel good I will bring up that two word jot note where I know there is something fun there, talk about it on stage and let the crowd steer me in the direction of how is it funny.
“Inspiration is every day, you don’t stop living life till death so its nonstop life experiences, so there is never ending material.”
While based in Saskatchewan his humour has taken Taylor across this country and beyond.
“Where have I played ... the world. I have Nunavut, and Newfoundland left for Canada, and I will get those knocked off soon,” he said.
“I have headlined in 45 states.
“I have performed in Finland, Czech Republic, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Oman, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.”
Among the many shows Taylor noted, “Highlights ... number one be playing for the troops in the Middle East, as there is no one I respect more than our military.”
After that “Montreal’s Just for Laughs is always amazing,” said Taylor, adding he has “also worked with a ton of NHL guys.
“I would probably be known as the biggest Hockey comedian. I have done numerous NHL Fantasy camps, sportsman dinners, Telus Cup, Memorial Cup, Stanley Cup parties, and I have even done the Philadelphia Flyers dressing room.”
For Taylor the Yorkton show, tickets are available through Joe Beeverz, is something of a return engagement.
“(It) would be crazy to think I have never done Yorkton, cause I have being doing this for 17 years so I have been everywhere in Saskatchewan,” he joked. “Actually my first show ever on the road was Yorkton. It was three-show tour Yorkton, Langenburg, and Rocanville, I remember it like yesterday.”