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Taylor Tomlinson brings her relatable humor to the Balboa Theater

Rising comedian Taylor Tomlinson is in San Diego this weekend as part of his “Deal With It” tour.

Tomlinson, who was on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list last year, is known for her quick wit and self-deprecating jokes. The 28-year-old grew up in Temecula and started performing when she was 16. Since then, she’s become a Season 9 finalist of “Last Comic Standing,” co-hosted the TV series “Laughs” and the podcast “Self-Helpless,” and booked segments on talk shows like “Conan.” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”.

But Tomlinson’s big break came two years ago with his first comedy special “Quarter-Life Crisis,” which premiered on Netflix in March 2020 — less than two weeks before California’s COVID-19 shutdown.

Filmed at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon, the hour-long special tackles topics such as failed relationships, growing up in a religious home and navigating life at an age that seems too old to party but too young to s ‘install. His candid reflections on the trials and tribulations of his twenties cultivated a loyal following, especially among millennials going through similar quarter-life crises.

Tomlinson’s 2020 tour promoting “Quarter-Life Crisis,” which included March shows at Comedy Store La Jolla, has been postponed due to the pandemic. However, the comedian has been staying busy at home, jumping on TikTok and Instagram to connect with fans and provide some levity during the COVID-19 crisis.

This pandemic content included the “New Couple Gets Quarantined” comedy series and the “This is Important to Me” podcast. Both projects were co-created with fellow comedian Sam Morril, who Tomlinson started dating just before the pandemic hit. (Morril is also in town this weekend, performing a series of sold-out shows at the Comedy Store La Jolla.)

The comedy couple’s series and podcast have stopped producing new episodes – the pair are rumored to have split in 2021 but recently reunited – but Tomlinson has been busy with new projects, such as launching in December 2021 from his solo podcast “Sad In The City”. There’s also an untitled film about Tomlinson’s life in the works, as well as the upcoming release of his second comedy special, “Look At You.”

Although “Look At You” is set to hit Netflix on March 8, San Diegans can get a glimpse of new material from Tomlinson this weekend during his back-to-back shows at the Balboa Theater.

Taylor Tomlinson

When: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday

Or: Balboa Theater, 868 4th Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

Tickets: From $26.25

In line: sandiegotheatres.org/event/2022/02/taylor-tomlinson

COVID-19 Protocol: All Saturday Show attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a negative test result taken 24 hours (Rapid Antigen) or 48 hours (PCR) prior to the event. Unvaccinated guests must also wear masks inside the theater.