After Simon Cowell Buzzed Her Set, America’s Got Talent Comedian Lace Larrabee Has A Message For Critics


The first night of America’s Got Talent qualifiers for Season 17 brought out some of the best of the best, ranging from acts like Avery Dixon in his return after his golden buzzer win to country singer Drake Milligan (who shared why he decided to come back) to stand up comic Lace Larrabee. She made an impression in her audition and clearly had enough support from the judges that she wasn’t one of the wild cardsbut her act on August 9 was interrupted three minutes in when judge Simon Cowell hit his buzzer and gave her a red X. Following her performance, Larrabee shared her thoughts on what he did and her message for critics.

Simon Cowell buzzing Lace Larrabee was so sudden that Heidi Klum looked like she jumped in her seat, the crowd seemed confused, and the stand-up was clearly shocked. The crowd was on her side and booed Cowell for giving the red X. Cowell was booed again afterwards when he said that he did it to “help” her, because to him “it was going downhill” and it “felt really almost rehearsed rather than spontaneous.” Speaking with press (including CinemaBlend) after her performance, she shared exactly what she thought of what Cowell did and said:

I thought it was incredibly unfair. I thought it just was misinformed based on what comedy is all about. So for him to use the comment ‘I’m trying to help her’ – you’re literally doing the opposite. Because stand-up comedy and the science behind humor is to build up towards a punchline and towards a callback maybe. For him to interrupt me while I’m working on the build up is just poor conduct for an audience member, so I didn’t appreciate it. Didn’t appreciate his comments. I thought, you know, if you don’t enjoy it, you don’t have to laugh. That’s the best thing about stand up comedy. It’s subjective. If you don’t like it, just don’t laugh. But he in the middle of my set just stopped looking at me, which… not cool.

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