Taylor Williamson is cashing in on his weirdness.
“It’s really cool how all the things I used to get picked on for — that were weird about me — now I have a career because of them,” he says. “If I wasn’t quirky and weird… If I didn’t say stupid things… If I didn’t have a weird voice… If I wasn’t awkward all the time… All the things I got put in a trash can for in high school are the reasons I am in the finals on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT!”
Taylor, 26, repeated that message last week after being one of only six acts selected to compete for the show’s top prize. “I just want to say to any kids out there who get bullied for being weird or awkward or dorky, I was like you and I still am like you,” He said. “Being different is cool.”
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Taylor — who also appeared on the fifth and final season of LAST COMIC STANDING –admits started performing comedy when he was a high school senior in Del Mar, California. “Everything that happened to Screech on SAVED BY THE BELL happened to me [in school],” he tells me. “They put me in a locker once and I was like ‘I don’t even fit inside a locker! It doesn’t make sense!’”
Now that he’s reached the finals, many of his former tormentors seem to have conveniently forgotten about their actions.
“I did a show and this guy comes up and goes ‘He what’s up? Remember me?’ And I was like ‘You were really mean to me in high school. You punched me!’” he tells us. “He was like ‘Whatever, we should hang out.’”
This story originally appeared on AGTNews.com
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