Taylor Tomlinson

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Taylor Tomlinson
Birth nameTaylor Elyse Tomlinson
BornOrange County, California, U.S.
  • Stand-up
  • television
EducationCalifornia Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California State University San Marcos
Years active2010–present

Taylor Elyse Tomlinson is an American comedian. She has released two Netflix stand-up specials called Quarter-Life Crisis (2020) and Look At You (2022).

Early life[edit]

Taylor Elyse Tomlinson was born in Orange County, California. She was raised in Temecula, California, where she graduated from Temecula Valley High School with a 4.1 GPA.[1][2] She briefly attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo before transferring to a community college in the San Diego metropolitan area to be closer to comedy clubs for her career. She then attended California State University San Marcos before dropping out to pursue her budding comedy career full time.[2][3] She and her three younger siblings (Drea, Page, and Brinn) were raised in a devout Christian family, which features prominently in her comedy routines.[4] When she was eight years old, her mother died of cancer.[5] Her father remarried a year later.


Tomlinson began performing comedy when she was 16, after her father signed her up for a stand-up class.[4] She performed in church basements, school venues, and coffee shops.[5][6][7] She became a top 10 finalist on the ninth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing in 2015, and was named one of the "Top 10 Comics to Watch" by Variety at the 2019 Just for Laughs Festival. She has appeared on The Tonight Show, Conan, and various Comedy Central productions.[8] She developed a sitcom for ABC in 2017, but it was not picked up for a pilot.[9] She performed a 15-minute set on an episode of the Netflix stand-up series The Comedy Lineup in 2018.[10]

Tomlinson's first Netflix stand-up special, Quarter-Life Crisis, premiered in March 2020.[4][11] Later that year, she toured with fellow comedian Whitney Cummings on the Codependent Tour.[12] She was also part of the podcast Self-Helpless with fellow comedians Kelsey Cook and Delanie Fischer that year.[13] In 2021, she started her own podcast called Sad in the City.[14] She was placed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in December 2021.[15] Her second Netflix stand-up special, Look At You, premiered in March 2022.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Tomlinson said in her stand-up special, Look At You, that she was once engaged, but called it off, before taping her first special.[17] Her stand-up material references her experiences of mental health issues including depression, and in Look At You she discusses being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[16]

Tomlinson was in a relationship with fellow comedian Sam Morril from March 2020 to February 2022. [18][19]


  1. ^ Schulte, Stephanie (September 8, 2016). "How Temecula comedian, 22, went from church functions to hosting Fox's 'Laughs'". The Press-Enterprise. Temecula, California. Archived from the original on April 2, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Richter, Andy (October 11, 2021). "Episode #115: Taylor Tomlinson". The Three Questions with Andy Richter. Earwolf. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  3. ^ "An Evening of Guaranteed Laughs". Cal Poly Events. Retrieved 1 April 2022. Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm Online Free calpoly.zoom.us/j/81805247032
  4. ^ a b c Hooper, Ben (March 3, 2020). "Taylor Tomlinson: Stand-up is 'the ultimate goal for everything'". United Press International. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  5. ^ a b Greiving, Tim (4 March 2022). "Taylor Tomlinson left the church comedy circuit with a hell of a lot of jokes for Netflix". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  6. ^ Johns, Gibson. "Taylor Tomlinson on why she quit the church comedy circuit early in her career". In The Know. Retrieved 1 April 2022 – via youtube.
  7. ^ Johns, Gibson (22 April 2020). "Taylor Tomlinson 'Got Fired' From a Church Comedy Gig for One Tweet". In The Know. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  8. ^ Escandon, Rosa (August 5, 2019). "25-Year-Old Taylor Tomlinson Travels For Her Comedy". Forbes. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  9. ^ Crowley, James (3 March 2020). "Comedian Taylor Tomlinson is wise beyond her years in new Netflix special, 'Quarter-Life Crisis'". Newsweek. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  10. ^ Zinoman, Jason (2 July 2018). "A Netflix Experiment Gives Deserving Comics Their 15 Minutes". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  12. ^ "Whitney Cummings on Instagram: "Pre-Sale code: CODA. WhitneyCummings.com. Friday 10/2 Escondido, CA Westfield Mall Saturday 10/3 Denver, CO Lincoln Park Thursday…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  13. ^ "Self-Helpless". Self-Helpless. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  14. ^ "Sad-in-the-City". Sad-in-the-City – via youtube.
  15. ^ "30 Under 30 - Hollywood & Entertainment (2021): Taylor Tomlinson". Forbes. Retrieved November 3, 2021.
  16. ^ a b Knisley, Brooke (17 March 2022). "Look at You, Taylor Tomlinson—You're Doing It!". Paste. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  17. ^ Zinoman, Jason (8 March 2022). "Taylor Tomlinson: A Comic With the Confidence of a Star". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  18. ^ Wilstein, Matt (March 18, 2020). "This Comedy Couple Is Quarantined Together and It's Hilarious". The Daily Beast – via www.thedailybeast.com.
  19. ^ "Your Mom's House Episode 673 - Sam Morril". September 14, 2022 – via www.ymhstudios.com.

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