You see them on the small screen. You admire them; you are taken aback by their talent and extraordinary stories. Maybe you have voted one of them through.
We’re talking about America’s Got Talent performers.
Some of them have even used this platform to launch or strengthen their careers in the entertainment industry. Which is excellent news for event planners because AGT performers who experience success on the show are real professionals who know how to create crowd-pleasing acts.
In today’s read, we are going to highlight 3 of the comedy acts which, after making an impression on the AGT stage, kept delivering highest-quality entertainment across the USA.
Derek is a ‘standup magician,’ as he calls himself, and at America’s Got Talent he showed what it means to deliver a comedy act with a (magic) twist.
So much so he went all the way to the finale.
Derek owes the high level of his skill to his previous work as:
- creative contributor to MTV’s Room 401
- part of the creative team behind the Magic Clerk sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
- magic coach for VH1’s reality production Celebracadabra.
What solidified his status as an accomplished comedian is the invitation he got for HBO’s Comedy Arts Festival. Also, during his time on AGT Season 10, Derek proved he’s equally well-versed in both laughs and illusionism.
A truly memorable performance of Derek’s could be seen during the Semifinals round when Hughes showed another side of his illusionist skillset. He appeared on stage dressed up in pajamas and reading a Humpty Dumpty bedtime story, only to rip the pages apart into tiny bits and then magically make them regain their initial shape.
Derek chose to stray away from the usual sleight-of-hand act and packaged his appearance using original, funny storytelling.
Another way comedians can both amuse and amaze audiences is by presenting outstanding impersonation skills.
Jim did exactly that during his time on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent, whose audience validated his already proven skills in vocal mimicry.
These skills are on full display in Jim’s Jimpressions, a 90-minute feast featuring more than 60 celebrities. It’s also worth mentioning Jim’s abilities have generated viral YouTube videos like ‘Shakespeare in Celebrity Voices’ or ‘Celebrity Alphabet.’
In his AGT quarterfinal act, Jim dared the audience and the judges to pick random celebrities from a list, which he then started to imitate, having everyone roaring with laughter. And tons of applause afterward.
Another successful comedian who got all through to the Season 12 finals is Preacher Lawson. So let’s find out what made him stick out from the crowd.
First, he caught the judges’ attention during the audition rounds, when Simon Cowell himself requested that Preacher tell another joke.
During the quarterfinal, semifinal and final acts, Preacher’s infectious humor had judges giving standing ovations time and time again.
The secret? Disarming, high-energy, self-deprecating humor which is just too hard to resist. Just take a look.
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We can help you navigate the list of amazing comedic performers who are all the caliber of the three presented above.
Also published on Medium.