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'America's Got Talent' recap: It's Howard Stern's world

May 23, 2012 | 10:10 am

"America's Got Talent" may continue to hype the addition of Howard Stern to the judging table as a "Revolution," but the shock jock already has evolved into feeling right at home in his new gig. On Tuesday night's show — the second night featuring auditions in New York, Stern's home turf — the talent show's newest judge ratcheted up his attitude that the stage was his to do with as his pleased.

Before the evening was over, Stern had brought his own dad up onstage to give a "nudnik" contestant a little helpful advice of the sort Papa Stern has apparently long given his son: "Don't be stupid, you moron."

He also titillated his hometown audience with a little sexy dancing.

Those were the funny low-end highlights in a show that mostly treated us to a parade of loser acts: roller-skaters and mime troupes, bad singers who may or may not have been aware of their badness.

A handful of acts made it through.

Those worth mentioning:

John Pizzi: A Brooklyn-born comedian and ventriloquist whose act had an up-to-date, techno twist: He turned projected iPad images of judges Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and Stern into his "dummies." He got three yeses, with Mandel saying he was the only ventriloquist he liked and Stern calling him an "original."

Donovan & Rebecca: A super-strong married "acro-balance" duo (listed as Crazeehorse on the "AGT" website), whose act one of the judges said looked like a "love scene from a sci-fi movie."

Tom Cotter: A comic whose riffs about his sad-sack childhood made the judges roar. He got three yeses and called the experience "birth-of-my-children good."

Stepz: A talented young dancer from New Jersey with a sad back story that includes a formerly drug-addicted mom who walked out on him when he was a kid. Surprisingly, he almost didn't make it through. When he did, though, his mom was right there to celebrate with him. "I said you were the best, didn't I?" she told him. "You are the best." Awww.

What did you think of the acts on "America's Got Talent" Tuesday night?


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— Amy Reiter

Photo: Nick Cannon, left, Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel. Credit: Mark Seliger / NBC