• America’s Got Talent: 9 comedians return for Champions season

    America’s Got Talent is bringing back the best of the best with their special edition season, America’s Got Talent: The Champions. The Champions season follows 50 acts that previously shined during previous seasons of AGT from all over the world. From those 50, nine are comedians (and don’t worry, we aren’t counting ventriloquists or jugglers as comedians). Stand-ups didn’t fare well on the competition show until we saw New York

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    Taylor Williamson snags second place on America’s Got Talent, gets kiss on the lips from Heidi Klum (Videos)

    We reported last week that stand-up comedian Taylor Williamson became one of the last six finalists left on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Last night, in another nailbiting season finale, the nationwide talent show has crowned another $1 million winner. Last night, 26-year old stand-up comedian Taylor Williamson stood onstage next to dancer Kenichi Ebina as one of the two finalists on the live episode. Just as we saw comic Tom

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    Comedian Taylor Williamson impresses on America’s Got Talent finals (Videos)

    UPDATE — 9:54 pm ET Taylor was just voted to the final six! ————– Last summer, comedy fans were thrilled to see a stand-up comedian place second on NBC’s nationwide talent show, America’s Got Talent, when Tom Cotter became the first comic to advance to the finals. Comedian Taylor Williamson may be the next to proceed to the Final Six on tonight’s first week of finals results show. Many comedians

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    The Laughspin Interview with Melinda Hill, aka the Sad Secrets of Melinda Hill

    So, how does one go about bombing on America’s Got Talent, anyway? In case you were dying to know, there is indeed a set formula to be applied, which, if executed properly, will result in a killer comedy single chronicling the experience, a widely-read Huffington Post essay, and general acclaim from storytelling enthusiasts the world over. Here to count down the AGT flame-out checklist is Melinda Hill, a wonderfully prolific

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    Behind the scenes of America’s Got Talent from a comedian who bombed (Video)

    To say comedy — especially stand-up comedy — is a rough, mostly thankless business, would be a severe understatement. Any comedian, even the hugely popular ones, will tell you they’ve experienced many more embarrassing failures than they have had unmitigated successes. Great comedians are able to harness those awful experiences and perhaps create better comedy. Such is the case with Melinda Hill, who, during last season of America’s Got Talent

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    Report: Howard Stern will replace Jimmy Fallon when Jay Leno leaves Tonight Show

    Last weekend news broke that Jimmy Fallon would replace Jay Leno in 2014 as host of The Tonight Show and that NBC would make the announcement as early as May. Although the network denied the story in the Hollywood Reporter, who cited “two high-level industry insiders” and Leno’s camp refused to comment, the piece explained that NBC was fearful that with Jimmy Kimmel’s increasing popularity (especially with young people) and

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    Comedian Tom Cotter snags second place on America’s Got Talent!

    Tom Cotter, the New York City-based comedian, whose life as a father of twins and husband of fellow comedian Kerri Louise was chronicled years ago on the reality show Two Funny, snagged second place on America’s Got Talent tonight. Season seven of the Simon Cowell-created reality competition series began with 54 contestants, ranging from singers, jugglers, “light painters,” dance troupes and beyond, but it was the art of stand-up comedy

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    Tom Cotter proves comedy is alive and loved as he advances on America’s Got Talent (Video)

    It’s hard out there for a comic– at least on NBC’s talent show, America’s Got Talent. On a show with sword swallowers and child opera singers, comedians, historically do not last long. (Melissa Villasenor made the semi-finals last year; Doogie Horner & Chips Cooney were only quarter-finalists the year before that). And why is that? Well, for one, it’s difficult to captivate a crowd by talking to them when you

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    Can Howard Stern bring more legitimacy to America’s Got Talent?

    This morning, NBC announced that longtime radio host and purveyor of comedy Howard Stern would replace Piers Morgan as one of the judge’s on its reality competition show America’s Got Talent. Stern, of course, confirmed the news by chatting at length about the announcement this morning — he’s usually off on Thurdays — on his SiriusXM show. He also assured his listeners he’ll still be hosting his show, as AGT

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    Despite reports, Howard Stern says he’s not in talks with “America’s Got Talent” (Video)

    If you’ve been listening to the Howard Stern Show – or even reading mainstream reports – you know that there’s been this rumor going around that the longtime radio host is in talks to replace Piers Morgan as a judge on NBC’s reality competition series America’s Got Talent. Stern has happily goaded the discussion by mentioning it on hos SiriusXM show— and even saying that the only way he’d take

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    Laughspin analysis: What does it take for a comedian to gain mainstream success?

    It’s been said many times over, but comedy is subjective. What makes one person laugh is almost assuredly different from what makes another person laugh. However, the debate intensifies, despite subjectivity being the main force at work here, what makes millions of people laugh at something versus what leaves them blankly staring at their TV screens. In the realm of reality TV, it seems in general that stand-up comedy —

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    Laughspin analysis: When is it ok to laugh at dark comedy?

    While it’s great that comedians are getting appreciated on America’s Got Talent, hearing Piers Morgan call J. Chris Newberg’s peformance “startlingly inappropriate” and Sharon Osbourne comment that his song was “just so, so wrong” is more than slightly obtuse (see video below). That’s not “wrong” at all. It’s not even close. Did Sharon forget about Black Sabbath and what they sang about? Newberg has a line in the song, “Opening

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    Watch musical comedian J. Chris Newberg win over “America’s Got Talent” audience

    America’s Got Talent reminds me of a coliseum in Ancient Rome, where the entire bloodthirsty audience was in attendance to see some grisly death by tiger or rhinoceros or whatever other beast happened to live in Italy at the time. They’re out for blood, not for a solid performance by a gladiator. With that in mind, J. Chris Newberg’s stand-up-and-musical performance on the program last night is doubly impressive. After

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