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a delicate man

My comedy album, recorded at Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia in 2016, was an AV Club Staff Pick.

“Dry and a little deadpan, with just enough salt and weirdness sprinkled in.” —the AV Club

"Horner's delivery has a formal yet sing-song cadence to it that fits nicely into the way he delivers crafty one-liners with nerd-like precision." —Jason Heidemann, Chicago Tribune



America’s Got Talent

“Doogie Horner: America’s heart-warmer-in-chief?” —Time magazine

I was a semi-finalist on season five of America’s Got Talent. Within the first ten seconds of my NYC audition, about half the audience—perhaps 1500 of the 3000 the Hammerstein Ballroom holds—started booing me. Figuring I had nothing to lose since I clearly wasn’t going to advance, I stopped my act and told the jeering spectators, “You’re terrible people.” That really made them angry, and suddenly the entire crowd was on their feet, booing and jeering, making X signs with their arms to encourage the judges to kick me off the stage. I yelled right back at the crowd, threatening to “squash them like bugs” (unsure why I said that) and demanding a “list of all their names.” It felt great to let loose. And then, improbably, a few people stopped booing and started cheering. I started yelling my jokes—the only way to be heard over the wild audience—and by the end of my set the crowd (well, some of them) were laughing and cheering.

I ended up advancing much further than I would have predicted, performing four rounds on the show and making it into the semi-finals, where I was defeated by an old Dutch man playing a harmonica. The run was an awesome experience, totally insane.

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Comedy bio:

Doogie Horner was a semi-finalist on America's Got Talent where he won over a hostile NYC crowd. He is a frequent guest on Doug Loves Movies and has been featured on Dave Chapelle’s Oddball Comedy Tour. He is the author of the holiday classic A Die Hard Christmas and the YA novel This Might Hurt a Bit, and has written for Wired, McSweeney’s, and Fast Company. His comedy album A Delicate Man was an AV Club Staff Pick. 

"Horner's delivery has a formal yet sing-song cadence to it that fits nicely into the way he delivers crafty one-liners with nerd-like precision." —Jason Heidemann, Chicago Tribune

Management: Matt Sadeghian, MSadeghian@avalon-usa.com