When one Stern just isn’t enough, AMERICA’S GOT TALENT gives us two!
Night two of the Big Apple tryouts had nothing nearly as exciting as those jumping Olate Dogs — but at least we got to meet Howard Stern’s dad.
Ben Stern, 89, was even coaxed on stage by his attention-seeking son to deliver some career advice to the very first act of the night (a retail sales clerk with turqouise pants who couldn’t carry a tune if it had handles).
“Don’t be stupid, you moron,” he said, recalling advice he gave to the future King of All Media as a teen. “You have to sit down and think this over carefully. First of all, you have to make a living.”
The rest of the hour was pretty uneventful. A few acts caught our eye — but no one who looks like they have potential to go far in the competition.
Among the standouts:
Stepz, 22 (Dancer)
His real name is Tyrese Green and he comes to the stage – by way of Patterson, NJ – with one of the show’s most powerful backstories.
(His parents were drug addicts living in a gang infested neighborhood. Mom gave him the boot so she could pursue her habit, so Stepz was raised by grandma. She is now clean and in the audience to cheer her boy on.)
Stepz teaches dance, which is a plus. But Howard isn’t sold on his robot-like moves to Lady Gaga’s “Telephone.” “You can dance, but I don’t think this is the kind of act people will pay for,” he says. Howie and Sharon disagree. Next stop: Vegas.
Tom Cotter, 48 (Comedian)
This show is not cut out for comics, but the father of three is off to a good start. What he lacks in unique style and delivery, he makes up for with funny one liners. (“I’m the youngest in my family. I was always getting beat up by the two oldest: Mom and Dad…”)
Sharon loves him: “You delivered! It was one laugh after another.”
Howard agrees: “With so many comic, I find myself doing that fake laugh. With you, it was genuine laughs.”
Tom moves on.
John Pizzi, 50 (Ventriloquist/Comic)
Could this be the next Terry Fator? Doubtful. But Pizzi did put a unique spin on the ages old talking dummy gag by replacing the dummy with an iPad and a giant projection display. He then performed three different skits with avatars of each judge talking about the sexual tension between them.
Howie reminded us that he is not a fan of ventriloquists — but loves this one.
Howard offered a standing ovation and praised him as an “original.” “You are funny, you have good material,” he said. You are well thought out.”
It was though to Vegas.
“All Beef Patty” – Drag Queen Dancer
Surely this was a joke, right? Maybe not. We only got to see a brief snippet of ABP’s audition. Patty performed Lady Gaga’s “You and I” decked out in a zebra print jacket, black stockings and a foot tall bright pink wig. (At least we hope it was a wig!) Howie was sold right away. “You can be a star,” he said.
And off to Sin City he/she goes.
Auditions move to Tampa on Monday. Who knows what we’ll find there!