Dave Taylor hails from Silver Spring, Maryland, a modest suburb of Washington, DC. Did you know that the comedian Lewis Black was born and raised in Silver Spring? Or that the World Headquarters of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church was there? Since obtaining a B.S. in religion in 1997, Dave has held many different jobs, including, but not limited to coffee shop barista, bar mitzvah DJ, IT tech support, and registrar/financial aid officer for a doctoral program.
During the summer of 1999, Dave moved to Chicago to pursue his dream of sketch and improv comedy. There he trained at The Second City, ImprovOlympic, and Victory Gardens. He performed with various theater companies, including the side project, Collaboraction, and Theo Ubique. Dave was a regular on the ImprovOlympic stage with the ensemble Rattlesnake High School and could also be seen around town with his two-person sketch group, Perfect Gentlemen. He taught improvisation classes to police officers and teens in Live Bait Theater’s bridge-building Police-Teen Link program. Dave also dabbled in film, including Fire Rose Pictures’ award-winning short, “Waiting for Beckett,” in which he portrayed Beckett.
In August of 2005, Dave and his wife Rebecca moved to Los Angeles for the entertainment opportunities, temperate climate, and helicopter sounds. Not long after arriving, Dave formed the 25th Century Heroes, a sketch comedy group, with Bryan Irzyk and Levin O’Connor. They’ve performed at the LA Improv Fest, the Chicago Sketchfest, and the LA Comedy Festival. They also wrote and sold the “Hot N Ready Talker” ad campaign to Little Caesars Pizza, as well as appearing in a sketch/reality show pilot produced by Proctor & Gamble and the New York Television Festival.
Currently, Dave performs every Tuesday night at 10pm with USS Rock N Roll, LA’s #1 long-form improv party team, at iO West in Hollywood. In the spring of 2009, USS won the prestigious Harold Championship held annually at iO West. They have performed at various theaters and colleges in and around Los Angeles and the country. Most recently, they completed a tour of Boston, where they performed at Tufts University and Clark University.
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