The 9 Most Shocking Novelty Acts in ‘America’s Got Talent’ History

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There’s no denying that one of the best parts of America’s Got Talent is the unique acts. People always remember the acts that go above the typical music, magic, and show something brand new on stage. Here are nine of the most memorable novelty acts in AGT history.


1. Dustin’s Dojo

This comedy duo became an AGT classic in their season nine Golden Buzzer audition. This audition has proven to be one of the most polarizing performances of the entire series, and the verdict of two yeses and two no’s from the judges reflected that. Since the duo’s act was received differently among the judges, Howard Stern hit the Golden Buzzer to send them into the next round.

2. Samantha Hess

Samantha Hess proved that hugging can be a talent in season 10 of AGT. In her audition, she taught different types of cuddling positions with Nick Cannon. She managed to win three out of four judges over with her audition, but was eliminated in the judge cuts.

3. Pizza Man Nick Diesslin

One of the most entertaining AGT novelty acts was seen on season 16 with Pizza Man Nick Diesslin. The contestant took the stage dressed as a superhero to show off his pizza spinning skills. He made the skill of spinning pizzas interesting by adding a juggling element. Even though he didn’t make it past judge cuts, the audience loved his first performance.


4. Tape Face

This contestant is undoubtedly an AGT legend. He was one of those acts who always stayed in character whether he was performing or not. His modern-mime skits took Season 11 by storm, resulting in a top 10 finish. On America’s Got Talent: The Champions, he delivered even more hilarious antics and tied for third place in his preliminary round episode.

5. Jokgu and Aichan

You’ve seen talented pets, but never one like this. Piano playing chicken, Jokgu, kicked off season 12 with her rendition of “America the Beautiful.” She was unanimously sent into the Judge Cut round after impressing the judges with her musical skill. Once there, she was joined by her sister Aichan, but since neither of them would play even a single note, they were unanimously buzzed and eliminated from the competition.

6. Nick Uhas

We’ve seen some crazy things on the AGT stage, but never a giant science experiment. In season 12, Nick Uhas took the stage with the dream of creating his own science series. After showing off multiple experiments, Nick finished his act out by blowing up Howie Mandel with a reaction. While the judges loved him in the auditions, he was eliminated during the judges cut.


7. The Professional Regurgitator

Stevie Starr came to the AGT stage in season 10 as The Professional Regurgitator. In his audition he swallowed coins and brought them back up based on the audience’s choice. While this isn’t everyone’s favorite novelty act, there’s no denying the amount of skill it takes to put on this performance. The Professional Regurgitator finished his season out in fourth place and later returned for AGT: The Champions.

8. Human Fountains

The Human Fountains are definitely among the ranks of the most controversial AGT acts. They showed up to the season 13 stage in suits to show off their water spitting talent. Their ability to spit in such a coordinated fashion takes effort, but not everyone found it funny. They were initially eliminated in Judge Cuts, but were brought back as a Wildcard act for the quarter-finals.

9. Sethward

One of the most memorable acts of all is Sethward from AGT seasons 13, 14, and 16. Even though his unique acts have become a running joke on the show, some people really enjoyed his act. In season 16, he made it all the way to the quarterfinals before being eliminated. Similar to Dustin’s Dojo, a lot of people don’t see the humor in his act, but those that do always come back to watch his auditions.

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