CORTEZ: Taylor Williamson waits too long to release highly-anticipated ‘Please Like Me’ comedy special

San Diego comedian Taylor Williamson won over millions of hearts with his geeky appearance and awkward demeanor as the runner-up of “America’s Got Talent” in 2013. He even won over German supermodel and “America’s Got Talent” judge Heidi Klum, whom he shared an on-screen kiss with during that season’s finale.

In 2014, Williamson,¬†also known as “Taylords,” promised fans on Twitter that he was filming a comedy special which finally released on Dec. 25, 2017. “Please Like Me” follows Williamson on his post-AGT journey as he pines on just missing out winning the show’s $1 million prize and traveling to places such as Iowa.

Comedian Taylor Williamson telling jokes onstage.
Comedian Taylor Williamson telling jokes onstage.

Williamson’s comedy special might require some background knowledge of the eighth season of “America’s Got Talent,” but viewers will not be alienated by the references to the televised talent competition.

For Taylords, “Please Like Me” offers little new content after most of the jokes were used on “America’s Got Talent” or featured on Williamson’s 2012 comedy album “Laughter? I Hardly Know Her!” The jokes are still funny, but releasing a comedy special filmed three years prior as opposed to making one with new material will disappoint longtime fans. It’s more of a “best of” compilation, which isn’t a bad thing as the material is still good, just not new. A sketch during the credits somewhat makes up for it as it pays an homage to Williamson’s joke about duvets, one of the first he told on AGT.

The crowd at the Gothic Theatre in Denver, where the special was filmed, seemed pretty quiet. Williamson did a good job reacting to the crowd during silences by charming them with his awkwardness.

“Please Like Me” is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and YouTube. The 45-minute comedy special with recycled and outdated material is overpriced at $12.99 on iTunes and $9.49 on Amazon. As Williamson did not win the $1 million from “America’s Got Talent,” this will probably help make ends meet. The cheapest option is to rent on YouTube at $3.99, but even then that seems steep for those already familiar with Williamson’s work.


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