America’s Got Talent 7 selected 48 acts from the Las Vegas auditions to compete on the live shows. The acts were then split up into 4 groups of 12. Jacob Williams performed as part of the 3rd group of 12, on July 17, 2012.
Williams was the funniest standup comic I have seen on AGT during his initial audition. However, the short clip of his Las Vegas audition seemed pretty bad. The audience didn’t seem to be responding, his timing was off, and the jokes didn’t seem funny. And now that Tom Cotter has already made it from the second group of 12, Jacob Williams is looking expendable heading into his first live round.
However, if he can get back the magic of that first performance, Jacob will go through to the Top 24. At this point, it’s hard to predict before the live round because it depends so much on his material. That’s the problem with a lot of comics and impressionists. They have such limited material that it’s hard to get through multiple America’s Got Talent rounds. All I can say is that Williams’ material from his first audition was way funnier than the material that just got Tom Cotter to the top 24 and probably set him up for a good shot at at least the Top 10.
If I had to guess, I think Jacob will bomb and not make it to the Top 24. It seems he needs more time to create hilarious comedy material. But if and when he does that, this Jacob guy could easily have a successful career as a standup comic.
Howie wonders if he has enough material.
This was funny. It wasn’t quite as funny as the first audition, but I think this may be enough to get to the next round. I definitely laughed, but it was a bit too much on the silly side and less intelligent than before. Still, especially on this bad night, Jacob has a good chance of making the Top 4.
Sharon said she laughed but that the material was not brilliant. Howard says he is likeable and that he can make it. Howie said it was the best act of the night.