The essence of Rip Taylor’s wild comedy is that he loves to see people smile and hear them laugh. He is a magical madcap funnyman who truly enjoys spreading happiness, using confetti instead of pixie dust.
But there’s more to the “Prince of Pandemonium” than anyone could imagine, and Taylor promises he has a lot of surprises in his show It Ain’t All Confetti! playing at the historic El Portal Theatre May 13 to May 30.
Taylor says, “The show is for people of all ages who want to have a good time. I don’t get risqué or dirty. I don’t cuss at all. You don’t have to if you’re funny. I’ve been known to be a joke’s best friend because I caress outrageousness. So when the show starts, I do what everyone expects. I’ll show off the Las Vegas comic who was named ‘Entertainer of the Year,’ the crazy celebrity that people saw on The Merv Griffin Show, The Gong Show, and the center square on Hollywood Squares. And then I’ll go into the story of how it all started.”
There will be a lot of joking around, but there has been drama in Taylor’s life, and he’s not afraid to show that side. He is a fine serious actor who has played dramatic roles (sans his toupee) as Demi Moore’s boss in Indecent Proposal and Kate Hudson’s dad in the Rob Reiner film Alex and Emma. He returned to his zaniness for film appearances in MTV’s Jackass, guested on the Disney series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, plus does cartoon voices. All of that has won him a new generation of fans. Along with starring in Broadway shows, Taylor has had a lifetime of showbiz accomplishments plus charity work that has earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
There are many sides to Rip, and It Ain’t All Confetti will go back to his beginning, which he describe as “a little bleak, until I did an amateur show and discovered how great you feel when you can make people laugh.” He went on to develop his unique showmanship which made him a Vegas headliner, and says, “If you can make the casino’s fifty thousand dollar losers laugh in the front row at two in the morning, you’ve done a good job.”
That’s the fellow who will grab the spotlight in the show, directed by David Galligan at the El Portal Theatre. It’s full of surprises. Laugh and enjoy It Ain’t All Confetti!
Rip Taylor starring in It Ain’t All Confetti at the El Portal Forum Theatre 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA. All tickets are $35. Show plays May 13-30 with performances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. For tickets and information please call 818-508-4200.