July 23, 2012 03:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
These days, most people think of Howie Mandel as the America’s Got Talent judge most likely to get in a skirmish with fellow judge Howard Stern. Howie is also well known as the host of Deal Or No Deal. But before he joined the reality show circuit, Howie got his start in comedy. And he’s still faithful to that original career today! What inspires Howie and what is he trying to accomplish when he judges for America’s Got Talent? Keep reading to find out!
In a recent interview with Zap2It, America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel covered pretty much every topic. He spoke at length of how his favorite author (Jon Krakauer) provided him with excellent inspiration with the bestselling book Into Thin Air. “I was fascinated that people would push themselves that hard to reach a milestone in life. Everything I do, even comedically, I am fascinated by people, people performing, putting themselves under duress, and I think that the journey – I judge it by finding a path – those books inspire me.”
Howie hopes to use this inspiration to help other aspiring entertainers find success. His big goal on America’s Got Talent is “to be instructive, not just critical.” Of course, it’s impossible to remain instructive if you aren’t a current fixture in the entertainment industry, which is why Howie continues to tour with his comedy act. The busy guy still performs at over 200 live shows a year! He finds touring vital to his role as a judge on America’s Got Talent, explaining that, “it keeps me in touch with what people are responding to.”
We appreciate Howie’s efforts, but we’re wondering if he is actually in touch with his audiences. Are people really responding to Big Barry-esque acts? Or was that just a fluke? Watch America’s Got Talent this week for more of Howie’s unique perspective!
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