MAD CHAD TAYLOR
“THE EVIL KNIEVEL OF COMEDY”
Put on your safety goggles and move back four rows, because here’s Mad Chad Taylor, the Evil Knievel of Comedy. A twisted product of Dogtown, USA, Mad Chad got his start juggling at age 13 on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Since then, Mad Chad’s ridden his skateboard of death to stardom, performing his highly participatory brand of comedy in 49 of 50 states and on television shows around the world.
Mad Chad has juggled everything from working video cameras and cell phones to flaming tennis balls, tickling and terrifying audiences from Berlin to Tokyo. He has cut it up on every imaginable variety show, from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to “Last Call with Carson Daily” to “The Donny and Marie Show,” where he kept himself from falling off his unicycle by leaning on Marie Osmond’s hair. “Good thing I wasn’t juggling a baseball bat at the time,” he says.
Mad Chad’s so unforgettable Sam Raimi gave him a role in “Spider-Man III.” He’s so good he taught Dustin Hoffman to juggle for “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.” And he’s so powerful not even three 100,000 volt stun guns can stop him.
Anyway, you don’t get to be called the Evil Knievel of Comedy just by setting the Guinness World Record for juggling chainsaws (3 chainsaws, 78 throws, no limbs lost). You also do commercials – like 40 of them including his Progressive Auto Insurance commercial that has been seen by nearly every American. An alumnus of the acclaimed Beverly Hills Playhouse, Mad Chad has played relatively sane people who do not catch bowling balls with their heads in such films as “Landspeed” with Billy Zane, “Crocodile Dundee in LA,” and Billy Crystal’s “Mr. Saturday Night.” His TV credits include “Timewarp”, “Pacific Blue” and E! TV’s “Nightstand.” Mad Chad is also the producer and director of two gut busting documentaries about street performers, “The Acts of Venice Beach” and “Buskers”-available on Itunes.
Whether he’s performing his hilarious 90-minute show to sold-out crowds at performing arts centers, imploring boisterous college audiences to throw knives responsibly, or teaching Fortune 500 executives at companies like AT&T and Nissan to multitask using heavy-duty logging tools, Mad Chad Taylor may be the most dangerous man in comedy, particularly if you sit too close. Then again, those tend to be the really expensive seats.
“Because,” Mad Chad Taylor says, “if you really want people to put two hands together, you gotta be willing to risk one of your own!”