Preacher Lawson is a 26-year-old contestant on the “America’s Got Talent” 2017 season. He is known for his hilarious, stand up comedy performances. Many are referring to him as “the next Kevin Hart.”
In his audition earlier this year, he originally left the judges disappointed because they felt his performance was too short. Thankfully for the hopeful comedian, when Simon Cowell asked for one more joke, Lawson had all of the judges cracking up, including host Tyra Banks.
In his second performance during the “Judge Cuts” rounds, the judges and crowd were also left laughing hysterically. However, in the days following his standup comedy bit, the piece became very controversial.
His performance revolved around his story of being “cat fished,” after meeting a girl he met online who ended up having a limp when she walked. Many users took to social media to express their outrage, commenting that his piece was “inappropriate” because it made fun of disabled persons. On the other hand, some viewers continuously pointed out that it was just a joke.
On YouTube, Vince W. wrote in response to those who did not appreciate Lawson’s act, “It's a comedy act, it's not that serious. Every single comedian makes jokes about controversial things, which in this case isn't even controversial. People are so sensitive sometimes...I'm sure this was probably a made up story so everyone's getting bent out of shape about a fictional girl who doesn't even exist. Just take a deep breath and relax.”
Watch the controversial performance below (first video). The second video shows Lawson’s audition clip.
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