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Continued: Howie Mandel on "America's Got Talent” and his upcoming gig in Minneapolis

  • Article by: NEAL JUSTIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 18, 2013 - 10:20 AM

A: I would in a heartbeat, but I’m going to follow this path rather than blaze a trail. The one thing I’ll always do is stand-up. It’s my primal scream at the end of the day. There are no lines to recite, no commercials to throw to. It’s loose and it’s free. I don’t edit myself, so don’t bring the kids to my live shows.

 

Q: In addition to being on the air, you’ve become a fairly successful producer. Was that always the plan?

A: My background is actually in retail and business. I started off selling carpet — and I’m color blind. The applause back then was a signature on the contract. Collaborating with 200 people and watching your funny idea come to life is fascinating to me. It’s actually the exact opposite of stand-up. I like working both ends of the spectrum. It keeps everything fresh.

Q: You got a lot of attention early in your career for putting a latex glove over your head and blowing it up. Any chance you’ll do that bit when you’re in Minneapolis?

A: I haven’t done it in years. But I would. I’m not sure that’s a brilliant piece of comedy. As a long-standing member of the germaphobe community, I had a glove in my pocket and during an awkward moment of silence, I pulled it over my head and acted like a 2-year-old. It became a signature bit. Life is just moment to moment, and I’ve been lucky enough to have these weird, wonderful things happen.

 

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