Samuel J. Comroe didn’t let the fact that he has Tourette’s Syndrome stop him from pursuing his dream of being a a stand up comedian. His profile got a big boost on the June 12 episode of “America’s Got Talent” when all four judges voted yes to send him through to the next round. Backstage, the 30-year-old got emotional as he expressed his gratitude. “It was the magical moment I was hoping for and outcome was fantastic.” (Watch this behind-the-scenes video above.)
His has not been an easy journey. Comroe was only six when he was diagnosed and he recalls the heartbreaking consequences of this. “At school, I got bullied, nicknames, teased, being the one left out of things.” As he explains, “there was really no safe zone,” which inspired him to try and use humor to lessen the tension.
Over the years, Comroe cultivated his comedy and now works the circuit. Rather than being defined by his Tourette’s, he uses it as a starting point for his routines which reflect his life. He makes merry with the reaction that some people have to his twitching. Turning serious, he speaks movingly about trying to teach his young daughter that she can overcome any obstacle that life places in front of her and that we all need to embrace the differences in each other.
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty observed, “Comroe, who took the stage for his stand up act, came to comedy as a way of turning his diagnosis into something positive and he hopes to become the first comedian to win the series. His routine focused on the syndrome, making light of a serious condition, something that only comics can do. The judges were super impressed by his delivery, his positive attitude and Howie Mandel pointed out that coming on the stage and trying to get people to laugh is by far the hardest thing to do. As Mel B. said, it was a “definite, definite” YES for Samuel, so we’ll be seeing him again in the next round!”