Drew Lynch America’s Got Talent Audition Video: Stuttering Comedian Gets First-Ever Golden Buzzer — WATCH HERE!
Drew Lynch, who performs stand-up comedy despite a massive stutter, received the first-ever Golden Buzzer on the “America’s Got Talent” season 10 premiere on Tuesday. Watch below!
Lynch explained that the stuttering began several years ago when a softball hit him in throat and damaged nerves in his vocal cords. “The person I was before would probably never hang out with who I am today,” the contestant tearfully admitted. “I thought people were lucky if they got to talk to me. I was a jerk.” Now Lynch feels “a lot of responsibility to show people you can turn anything into a positive,” and his girlfriend is working two jobs so he can pursue comedy.
For his act, Lynch went on to joke about working at a drive-thru, and said he wants “to get to the point where people use my voice as the voice of their GPS.” As the panel cracked up, Howie Mandel stood up for an ovation mid-way through. And the crowd chanting “put him through” made Lynch more emotional.
Howard Stern said he was applauding along with the audience for doing Lynch managing to do the “impossible.” Mel B noted, “I was laughing even more at the fact that you were laughing at your own jokes.” And then Mandel admitted, “Here’s what I thought: I know you’re here to make people laugh, but I can’t tell you how emotional you make me.”
“Comedy usually comes from a dark place. A lot of comedians are depressed. I, personally in my life, have used laughter to try to gain some happiness. What you did is you looked for the light at the end of the darkness, and that light is your comedy. I’m telling you I haven’t been moved by an act like this up until this,” Mandel continued. The judge then stood again and leaned towards the show’s brand-new golden buzzer.
Mandel told Lynch, “Because of you, and because of this moment, I want to do something special, something I haven’t had he chance to do, and I’d like to do this.” The push, which each panelist can only do once during the season, sends Lynch straight to the live episodes. Not surprisingly, the aspiring comedian burst into tears.
“You are worth a million dollars,” Mandel told him. “I want to see you at Radio City Music Hall.” Check out the full video below!