The season 11 premiere of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT featured a teenage opera sensation, a man diving into whipped cream and a stunt man who put a 15 inch meat hook through his nose.
But one act left everyone scratching their heads: Tape Face — a mime, who performed hilarious skits to popular songs with a strip of duct tape across his mouth.
“By this time tomorrow, no one in America is going to know your name,” judge Howie Mandel joked.
That’s because Tape Face didn’t speak and his identity was shrouded in mystery — until now.
Here’s what we can tell you:
The man behind this most unusual act is New Zealand prop comic Sam Wills. Over seas, he is better known as “The Boy With Tape On His Face.” Seriously. Google it.
“It is stand up comedy without talking,” he revealed in a 2014 interview with Mr. Shobiz.com. “I do not talk for an entire hour and I will make you laugh without saying a single word.”
Wills began training as a circus clown at age 13.
“I used to do another act where I spoke a lot,” he says. “I used to eat light bulbs and hammer nails into my nose..and do grotesque stunts. I got bored talking so much, so I decided to do a show that had no talking and no tricks.”
He created the Tape Face character in 2007.
“The more I started putting tape on, the less nails I had to be putting into my face,” he says.
Wills married burlesque dancer Felicity Redman (a/k/a Lili La Scala) in 2009.
He has a 3 year-old son named Rafferty Basil Danger Wills.
“I like the fact that we don’t know who you are, anything about you or what you are going to do,” judge Simon Cowell said.
“[Your act] was simple, but clever. Unique, funny, brilliant.”
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT airs Tuesdays at 8:00 PM on NBC.
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