A transgender standup comic stole the show Tuesday evening on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT.
“I am in the autumn of my years,” she joked. “My foliage is starting to change color — if you know what I mean…”
But it was the bombshell that Scotti dropped after her routine that really won over the crowd.
“For the first 28 years of my life, I was known as Rick Scotti,” she said.
Watch the complete video below.
The act won praises from the entire judging panel, including fellow comic Howie Mandel.
“Whether you are a man or a woman, you are human and you are funny!” he praised.
Meanwhile, we are still learning more about Julia…
She grew up in New Jersey, was married twice (to different women) and began performing stand up in 1980 at a Chinese restaurant.
Scotti talked briefly about her journey in a 2015 radio interview with NJ1015.com.
“I came out in 1999. The world for trans folk was much different than it is now. There was very little information available on the brand new internet and so I personally felt very alone out there. And when I came back to comedy in 2011, my intention was to be totally out, totally honest, and fearless. The fact that I could speak about being trans in front of large rooms of total strangers was difficult, but it made me stronger up there. And now that I have nothing to hide from anyone, I think it has made me a stronger person overall.”
“I have never been happier in my life. Living without secrets is the most uplifting thing a person could do. When you don’t have to hide or make up stories, when you can just ‘be,’ well, ask Caitlyn [Jenner] how it feels. She is just discovering that joy.”
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT airs Tuesdays on NBC.
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