It’s pretty rare that I come across talent show auditions that really stand out for me… there was Jack Carroll of course, but here’s another one that blew me away.. In 2015, which was the 10th season of America’s Got Talent, a comedian named Drew Lynch auditioned.
When Drew was 19 years old, he suffered a bad accident while playing softball. The ball having hit him in the throat, left him with a remaining stutter. Also, the fact that he went to sleep that night while having a concussion apparently did not help matters either. This, he said on stage, was a valuable lesson for him. The accident left the 19-year-old teenager with his life completely altered. He had always wanted to become an actor, but now his career path switched from actor to comedian; he says that his girlfriend was a big supporter of this decision.
But, that was still not the biggest change that came from the incident, another big one apparently being his personality. Drew claims that he was a completely different person before, or a self-proclaimed “jerk” as he says. I find this really hard to believe, as he seems like such a nice person now, full of kindness and empathy. Being a person with a so-called disability myself, watching him perform was really touching. Anyone who can move past this and “turn it into something positive”, as Drew humbly said, is definitely an awesome person in my books.
Even though I don’t really know exactly what it means as I don’t watch the show regularly, I was very happy when Howie Mandel pushed what they seem to call the Golden Buzzer. When Drew had finished his act, this button was pushed and there was confetti everywhere, which Gen explained to me meant that he was given a ticket to Radio City Music Hall (a big honor, I presume). Watching him hug his girlfriend, both drenched in tears, was so moving that I must admit I also was crying along with them. Watching this performance was such a great experience, and I would love for you, my readers, to experience it too.