HE’s that guy.
Been in a million movies and sitcoms (the ’80s were a heyday), played the villain in “The Last Boy Scout,” can now be seen on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Reno 911!” — and not a day goes by when someone doesn’t recognize him. Yes, he was the Pizza Guy from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Read more…
His name may not be instantly recognizable, but his face, voice and singular style of humor are. He is Taylor Negron, a raconteur/flâneur for the 21st century, one who also made a rather large mark in films, television, the stage and the page in the last millennium. Truth be told, Negron is still quite visible, be it from reading original monologues around town, or whenever such classic films as 1982’s “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “The Last Boy Scout,” pop up at classic screenings. Read more…
“Beautiful, fluid, evocative and compelling…”
The underlying theme of this spellbinding hour seems to be Nietzschean – “that which does not destroy me makes me strong”. And if that doesn’t sound like out-and-out comedy, then that is good. Because the show is not out-and-out comedy. It is a mix of music, storytelling and comedy.
The centre of the myriad orbits that the stories in this show describe is Taylor Negron. He is a writer, stage and movie actor, comedian and a storyteller to whom I could listen for the rest of my life. His writing is beautiful, fluid, evocative and compelling, and his delivery matches it perfectly. Negron has a way of letting you feel the whole drama of every story he tells. If there is one performance I have seen that epitomizes the phrase “less is more”, it is Negron’s.
Lili Haydn, a gorgeous brunette, all tumbling curls, passionate violin and soft-rock diva vocals, is also a wonderfully powerful performer but I preferred the parts of the show where her violin and occasional voice were a haunting counterpoint to Negron’s storytelling than when she took the stage alone.
Negron’s stories reveal the other “satellites” he has collided with in his time and the ways in which they affected him, shifted his orbit. This is the kind of performance you can float on for an hour without even noticing time passing, and the kind of performer who reminds you what “presence” is.
Review by Kate Copstick of The Scotsman
The Albuquerque Journal: Actor Taylor Negron –
Spills the Beans About His Offbeat Travels
We all have stories about people we’ve met. They’re great for parties and long car trips.
But few of us have Taylor Negron’s kind of stories. Negron’s show at Revolutions International Theatre Festival is all about the people he’s met and the places his comedy has taken him, from the L.A. riots to the mean streets of New York, to comedy classes with Lucille Ball and dinner with recently assassinated Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto.
Negron has performed his show across the world at theater festivals, and it’s been figured out pretty well, he said. But after recent events in Pakistan, he might add a new segment about Bhutto.
“I was thinking I was going to write about that. It’s wild. I probably will write that,” Negron said the day Bhutto was assassinated, for his upcoming play at the Revolutions Theatre Festival.
Look up his profile, and Negron has been on so many TV shows and films, your head would spin, from “ER” to “Friends,” “Reno 911!” and more. He’s a recognizable face through his comedy and his dramatic acting.
Through his career he’s met some greats of the world. “I encounter people. Lucille Ball. I worked for her,” Negron said. “Basically, what it is, I was assigned to be with her and she had a nervous breakdown in front of me. It sounds insane. It’s very moving. You imagine one thing, and it’s nothing like that.”
His stories, though, aren’t just about famous people. “One of the stories I talk about, I come home and find standing in the drapes was this man. He was a burglar. And he recognized me,” Negron said. “I went hog wild on it. I said ‘I’m going to tie you to the water heater … If you cry, it’s going to make things worse.’ I did this entire play on him. I knew that if I didn’t, there would be problems. He was in my house. I turned it into this huge play.”
“He kept saying ‘I didn’t do it.’ It was that unaccountability that made my crazy. He was sneering at me like I (messed) his day up,” Negron said. That’s one of the lighter stories in the show.
Two years ago, though, Negron was in Pakistan and had dinner with Bhutto at her home with his father while on a comedy tour.
“She was gentle, but an ordinary matronly Indian- English woman. She ate a lot, and she knew who I was. She was asking me all these questions about why her children like hip-hop music so much,” Negron said. “I said that a lot of (hip-hop) I don’t understand.”
Review by Dan Mayfield of The Albuquerque Journal
LA Times: Taylor Negron –
My Favorite Weekend…
Taylor Negron grew up in L.A. “I remember when the palm trees were short and Tomorrowland was modern,” says Negron, who lives in Venice and whose credits include “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and a blog at Huffington Post’s 236.com. He also has a home in France. “I’ve been abroad for most of this year. I’m savoring being in California every minute, learning that traffic is just God’s way of saying ‘Hi.’ ”
HUNTING AND GATHERING I like to think Venice is the Joan Didion L.A. of the ’70s. Friday starts at Venice Farmers Market, the most sedate in the city. I get a week’s worth of veggies, fruit and great flowers. Then it’s off to Santa Monica Seafood, where I’m keen for the Byzantine selection of fish that sleep on ice.
GOLD STANDARD Saturday mornings are at Gold’s Gym, which is like the movie “Speed” but set in a gym. If any of us stop doing our reps, the whole place will go. For a dinner treat, there’s La Vecchia on Main Street – the friendliest bar with a respectable wine list. The chef, Mark Mollica, stuffs squash blossoms his mom grows in Culver City with ricotta.
TALKING LOUD If I must drive to Hollywood, it’s to see Pat Loud and her live-in ex Bill. Her dinner parties rock you with a steady roll of names from the past and future. If I’m lucky, Pat will make a hobo steak, a recipe from the old Chasen’s. Delicious, and it makes that long drive down foggy, shaggy Venice Boulevard a bit cozier.
LAZY DAY I don’t rush on Sunday. I get up early and head to Axe on Abbot Kinney. The nicest staff of people; the serene garden transports you to Provence – plus buckwheat pancakes, miso bowls that bring tears to your eyes, the best coffee and the New York Times. Valerie Velardi, my French wife, loves Pamela Barish on Abbot Kinney. I don’t mind being dragged there to watch her try on dresses because Pamela gives me cake. We also love Danny’s Delion Windward for Tony Bill’s postcard collection. Sunday night is the famous drum circle [on Venice beach]. Everyone must go once. It looks like the wrap party for “Blade Runner.”
From The LA Times