A teen comedian tried to make America’s Got Talent great again by cracking a joke about Donald Trump, and based on the reaction of the judges and the AGT audience, 13-year-old Lori Mae Hernandez succeeded in doing just that.
As Gossip Cop reports, Lori Mae Hernandez set up her Donald Trump joke that brought the house down by making a few wisecracks about her young age. Simon Cowell seemed somewhat shocked when the curly-haired teen said that she would be doing a stand-up comedy routine, but she can’t claim that she’s the youngest contestant on Season 11 of America’s Got Talent looking for laughs; the show’s premiere featured a 6-year-old comic named Nathan Bockstahler. He charmed the judges by saying that he’d rather have 1 million LEGO bricks than 1 million dollars, and he got four “Yeses” to advance to the next round.
— Nathan Bockstahler (@NathanBocks) June 1, 2016
Nathan was an adorably difficult act to follow, but Lori Mae Hernandez did her best by telling the America’s Got Talent judges about the big job that she missed out on to audition for the show.
“America’s Got Talent, this is amazing. I wouldn’t have missed this for the world. I even turned down a really big job to be here,” Hernandez said. “Yeah, have you ever seen Disney Channel? Well, I was gonna babysit two little girls that really like Disney Channel.”
Lori Mae Hernandez’s first joke got comedian Howie Mandel to crack a small smile, but her comedy routine got better as she compared the qualifications of being a babysitter to those of being the 2016 presumptive GOP presidential nominee. She started out by pointing out that 13-year-olds aren’t considered responsible enough to drive, but some parents pay them to be responsible for the lives of helpless infants.
— Lori Mae (@LoriMaeH) June 14, 2016
“Let’s talk about that for a minute. I am not a high school graduate. I haven’t even been to high school. I don’t have a driver’s license,” Hernandez said. “But you are going to leave your beloved child, the one that is carrying on your name to the next generation, with me. My only qualification to be a babysitter is that I used to be a baby. That’s crazy.”
Lori Mae Hernandez wrapped up her routine with her Donald Trump joke.
“That’s like saying, ‘Hey, you’re sick a lot. Ya wanna be my doctor?’ ‘Weren’t you the host of a reality show? Ya wanna be president of the United States?'”
You can check out the America’s Got Talent audience giving Hernandez’s Trump joke a standing ovation below.
Lori Mae Hernandez told the America’s Got Talent judges that she’s already been doing comedy for three years. While trying to hold back tears, she explained that she got into comedy for her father; he was suffering from Bell’s palsy and was having a hard time smiling. According to WebMD, Bell’s palsy is a form of facial paralysis that can make one side of the face appear to droop.
America’s Got Talent viewers who enjoy Hernandez’s comedy can check out more of her jokes on her YouTube page, which includes a video of her Maleficent stand-up routine.
“They were so scared of her, they banned spinning wheels from the entire world,” Hernandez says of the Disney villain. “I still have not seen one to this day.”
In another video, Hernandez shows off her ukulele skills while singing an original song titled “I’m Your Minion.” Perhaps she’ll break out the instrument during her next performance to show the America’s Got Talent judges that she’s multi-talented.
Or maybe Lori Mae Hernandez will want to skip singing and playing her ukulele. Buddy TV speculates that young singers might have a tough time advancing on Season 11 of America’s Got Talent from now because they will be measured against the two amazing acts that have already scored Golden Buzzers, singer/songwriter Grace VanderWaal and opera singer Laura Bretan. VanderWaal played the ukulele during her performance, so Hernandez would undoubtedly be compared to the 12-year-old music prodigy if she decided to sing and play for the America’s Got Talent audience.
You can check out some more of Hernandez’s competition when America’s Got Talent airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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