Drew Lynch won America over during the tenth season of America’s Got Talent. During his first performance, he described the softball accident from three years earlier and the resulting stutter that has changed his life. The performance was memorable and inspiring. I laughed and cried then showed it to the kids.
ON FINDING THE POSITIVE AND MAKING IT FUNNY
Drew left Indiana at 19 to pursue acting and comedy in Los Angeles. Just as his career was getting some traction, he was injured in a company softball game. Doctors predicted his vocal cords would recover in a few weeks. It’s been 3 years. He’s seen no improvement. But his attitude, and view on life has has drastically changed, for the better.
After writing down his frustrations and looking for humor in them, he started sharing his jokes on stage and began pursing stand-up full time.
“I believe you can turn anything into a positive, that’s why I’m here,” Drew said in his first AGT appearance.
Howie Mandel, a show judge, was especially moved, “I know you’re here to make people laugh, but I can’t tell you how emotional you make me because comedy usually comes from a dark place. 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.” Then Howie pressed the Golden Buzzer, sending him to the Top 36.
America’s Got Talent was as unbelievable career catalyst. His first performance has been viewed almost 6.5 million times. Drew came in runner-up, but I believe his career is just beginning. His tour schedule is booked through July 2016.
Parents, note: Not all of his sets are totally clean, but this one, his first AGT performance, is. Grab the kids and let them watch with you.
Want to watch more of Drew endearingly laugh at his own jokes? Every Monday he posts a YouTube video on his Dog Vlog, with his beautiful Vizsla, Stella. Again, not all are totally clean, but here are two that are (and the second is also worth sharing with the kids):
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