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Las Vegas Comedian Winning Over America’s Got Talent Judges

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A Las Vegas native is one performance away from winning the $1 million prize on the tenth season of Americas Got Talent.

Comedian Drew Lynch, 23, has been generating laughter and standing ovations in front of millions of television viewers since his preliminary audition, despite battling a noticeable vocal stutter.

This impediment, however, has served as the basis for his comedic routines.

He explained during the broadcast of his initial audition that his stutter was caused by a softball striking him in the throat four years ago, damaging several nerves in his vocal chords.

I felt really angry about it [the injury] at first,Lynch said. My girlfriend tried to encourage me to talk about those things on stage, and I started to do comedy as a way of coping with it.

Lynchs Americas Got Talent journey began on May 26, when he performed his routine in front of more than 11 million television viewers.

His audition ended with talent judge Howie Mandel pressing a golden buzzer, advancing him directly to the competitions quarterfinals, as opposed to the second round of auditions. He was the only contestant of that nights broadcast to receive such an honor.

Upon Mandel pressing the golden buzzer, Lynch was shown tearfully embracing Americas Got Talent host Nick Cannon, as well as his girlfriend.

Several of Lynchs former teachers have praised him for his bravery and comedic wit.

He was an immensely talented actor at school. [He was] very brave and had the ability to push boundaries to make people laugh or cry,said Las Vegas Academy instructor Megan Franke. Stand-up comedians are seriously gutsy in my book. Then with his speech impediment, which would make lots of people very self-conscious, he encourages people to laugh with him.

Lynch graduated from Las Vegas Academy (a performing arts high school) in 2010, majoring in theater. He currently splits his time living in Las Vegas and Indianapolis.

I want to show people that you can turn anything into a positive,Lynch said.

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