Ryan Niemiller is the last stand-up comedian still in the running to win “America’s Got Talent,” and for good reason: he makes America burst out laughing each and every week. Ryan’s routines are usually centered around his physical condition, and his Finals performance was no exception as he made jokes about being recognized as “cripple threat” and getting “tennis elbow” from fist-bumping his fans. Judge Gabrielle Union was so impressed that she even offered him a role in one of her movies. Do you think Ryan will join the “AGT” winners list? Watch the performance video above, read the judges’ comments below and then make your predictions before Wednesday’s finale.
Simon Cowell: “Look, I’m gonna stop myself from gushing for a moment because you know how much I love you. I want to put this thought out. There are so many comedies and movies being made every month, every year. There has to be somebody watching this show tonight who is going to make something like ‘Hangover 6’ or whatever it is or the next sitcom, who I really want you to consider Ryan. It doesn’t have to be a lead role, it can be a supporting role. But this guy has done enough to show that he is box office, he is popular, he is talented. You don’t have to take a risk because he’s not a risk. Give him the part and break he deserves for doing so well, please.”
Howie Mandel: “You know what? Ryan, you know I love you. I love the fact that there’s a comedian in the Finals. I would love a comedian to win this whole thing. I think you’re so deserving. Not only are you funny, not only are you talented, you have an amazing heart. From watching your package with your family and knowing who you are and what this means to you, I love you, I laugh at you, I want to hug you. I want you to be a star and you are a star.”
Gabrielle Union: “Listen, I have a production company. I am making movies and I want you to be a star in one of my movies. That’s how good you are. You are a star and when your mom spoke it took me out. You are everything, Ryan.”
Julianne Hough: “I’ll make it quick. You are a star. I love you. It’s been an honor to watch you from the very beginning to this moment right here. I love what your mom said and I’m happy that you are where you want to be, because it absolutely shows this is where you’re meant to be.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “In his pre-performance package, Ryan Niemiller was gabbing around the table with his siblings and mother, offering us an intimate look at who he is as a person outside of his comedy. It was a nice contrast to the dark humor that permeates his stand up, like tonight’s set that centered around his insecurities and vulnerabilities as a newly recognizable face in public. In his critique Simon made a plea for film and television producers to take a look at him and give him a part in one of their upcoming projects. And then as a producer herself, Gabrielle said that she would put him in one of her own projects!”
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