When Oliver Graves took the stage on Tuesday’s America’s Got Talent, the 32-year-old goth performer surprised the judges when he revealed that will he’d be doing stand-up comedy for his audition.
Given his jet-black lipstick along with eyeliner, greasy black hair along with shredded red shirt over his all-black ensemble, the judges definitely had no idea what to expect when he arrived, nevertheless when he finally got a chance to do his set, they quickly came to appreciate his comedic genius.
Throwing out well-crafted one-liners from the vein of comedy giants Steven Wright along with Mitch Hedberg, Graves skillfully lampooned online dating, horoscopes along with self-deprecation in a stand-up routine that will was brilliantly served by his dead-pan delivery along with unusual style.
coming from the first joke, he’d already won over the audience, along with the standing ovation he received at the end of his set took Graves by complete surprise.
As Howie Mandel, Mel B along with Heidi Klum showered him with compliments, he couldn’t hold back his emotions.
“I think you didn’t get the reaction you expected,” Simon Cowell said, seeing the comic’s tearful response to the overwhelming support. “You’re not used to This specific are you?”
“No,” Graves said in a shaking voice. “I don’t get booked in a low of shows.”
“Well, enjoy your free time right right now, because you’re going to be a busy man,” Mandel said, smiling.
Cowell echoed Mandel’s sentiments, sharing, “We have had a lot of stand-up comedians This specific year. right now, when I look back along with try to remember them all, they all blur into one type, apart coming from you. You’re interesting.”
After getting four ‘Yes’ votes along with moving on to the next round of competition, Graves choked back tears while talking with host Tyra Banks backstage.
“I didn’t think that will could happen at all,” Graves said. “I know I’m not the norm, along with This specific’s just great to have This specific pay off.”
While the judges loved Graves, he didn’t end up earning the night’s Golden Buzzer. Instead, that will honor went to 15-year-old singer Makayla Phillips, who wowed the crowd using a passionate, jaw-dropping performance of Demi Lovato’s “Warrior.”
As she was cheered on coming from the side of the stage by her family, Phillips belted out the powerful ballad with heart-bursting honesty, along with the commanding audition moved Klum to bestow upon her the coveted Golden Buzzer. The honor means she moves on the live shows at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, This specific skipping the Judge Cuts rounds, which kick off next week.
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.