Wetumpka native and comedian Taylor Dunn has taken his talent to the West Coast. Dunn is scheduled to perform Dec. 9 at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles.
Dunn, 25, graduated from Wetumpka High School in 2012 and started his comedy career soon after. He won a stand-up competition at Stardome Comedy Club in Birmingham when he was 18 years old.
“At The Comedy Store, you see pictures of people like Jim Carrey and Richard Prior,” Dunn said. “I recently saw Joe Rogan perform there.”
According to The Comedy Store’s show listings, Dunn will perform at Potluck Pop Ins, an event which includes 40 comics and “huge surprise guests.”
“Legends such as Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy and Robin Williams performed here early in their careers,” Dunn said. “The Comedy Store is the place to be. Dave Chappell was here a few weeks ago and Leonardo DiCaprio was in the audience. It’s the best comedy club on earth.”
Dunn is currently serving in the U.S. Navy. He joined in 2014 with hopes to see the world. Dunn was deployed three times over five years with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11, stationed out of Gulfport.
“The Navy has some of the funniest people I’ve ever met,” Dunn said. “I love listening to stories about their family and there past before joining.”
Dunn is now stationed in San Diego where he can be found at local comedy clubs almost every night of the week.
“California is pretty much the promised land for comedians,” he said. “I’ve been able to meet some of my idols including Chris D’Elia and Donnell Rawlings in the short amount of time I’ve been here.”
Dunn credits Wetumpka High School theatre teacher Jeff Glass with giving him the encouragement to try comedy during his high school years.
“I could never find a scene (during high school) I felt comfortable doing so he encouraged me to write my own,” Dunn said. “I sent him one of my recent performances to look over and critique. I’m really thankful for Mr. Glass.”
As for the future, Dunn said he will continue to serve the country and work on his craft.
“Getting famous has never been a goal of mine,” he said. “The plan is to continue to improve. I truly want to make people feel happy and forget anything that’s troubling them. I want to be people’s freedom from concern.”