“AGT” Act Steals Routine By Frank Nicotero
When one comedian steals another comedian’s set, you know tempers will flare. All comics have a bit or two they do religiously with their audiences. They do it over and over again to master it, and it becomes their staple. You expect it. This exact situation happened during a taping for this season’s America’s Got Talent. The warm up comedian for the season is Frank Nicotero. You may know Nicotero from hosting the popular game show Street Smarts in the early 2000s. One of the acts that auditioned for AGT was The Greg Wilson. Wilson’s act contained a bit that Nicotero said he has been doing for years. It’s about a fight between a girl and a guy in a car where Nicotero pantomimes the entire bit. Nicotero then went to Facebook to explain the situation.
Here’s a video of Nicotero performing the bit:
According to Nicotero, as soon as he began to hear Wilson’s act, he rushed over to the executive producers to talk about the situation. According to an article on Slashfilm, the audience was laughing and cheering for Wilson during his performance. Even judge Howard Stern praised it. As soon as the act was over, Nicotero says judge Howie Mandel quickly identified the bit as seeing it before and said it belonged to Nicotero. Mandel questioned Wilson and asked if he wrote the material himself or if he stole it form someone. Wilson quickly defended himself and said, “He stole it from me. I’m a headliner on TV and he’s the warm up guy. I have a mic and he doesn’t.”
Nicotero was backstage trying to talk with the producers of the show, and chose not to run on stage and interrupt the show. Still, the judges made their decisions based on the performance itself and the audience response. Wilson advanced to the Las Vegas rounds. As soon as Wilson walked off stage, Nicotero went over to confront him. At this time, in between acts, Nicotero would entertain the audience with some jokes and even showcase some audience talents. Instead, Nicotero decided to take this personal matter behind the scenes. Nicotero said as soon as Wilson left the venue, producers notified Nicotero about the performance not being aired on the show and that Wilson was being questioned by NBC lawyers soon after. Wislon was allegedly kicked off AGT. Nicotero later showed producers the same act on YouTube and other sites.
Nicotero quickly went back to Facebook and addressed the issue at hand with his gratitude. With all the support he received, he posted this message:
“Thanks to all my friends. I’m done with this…taking the high road. The guy is a scum bag hack. A good friend of mine who is a well known actor called me last night and said unfortunately he hosted a showcase with the guy and he did the bit that night. That was about 6 months ago. What a jerk. Thanks to all. POWER OF FB! Now – on with life….”
Nicotero summed everything up by saying, “The Greg Wilson is a total thief and a horrible person and was just busted on national TV.”