How Ryan Niemiller Embraced His Disability To Become One Of The Best ‘AGT’ Comedians Ever
Ryan Niemiller was born with Ectrodactyly which resulted in hand malformation in both of his arms. But being handicapped was not going to stop him from pursuing his dream of being a standup comedian. We first met Ryan on season 14 of America’s Got Talent and he delivered a showstopping audition that we will never forget. Check it out.
Ryan Niemiller Shared His Story Through Comedy On ‘America’s Got Talent’
Ryan’s audition featured jokes related to his disability and he really showed that it does not hold him back at all. After all, he made it onto the biggest stage in the world to make everyone laugh. “When I was growing up there was nobody that looked like me on television so I kind of want to be the one that’s doing all of that. I want people to look at what I’m doing” Ryan said of his goal being on America’s Got Talent. During his audition, Ryan joked that he used to juggle chainsaws, immediately making everyone laugh. It was only the beginning for the star who soared into the Quarterfinals after Simon Cowell called his routine “amazing.”
Simon wondered why Ryan had not had his big break in the comedy world just yet. “I think part of it is having a disability like this it’s really hard to break through without people thinking you’re a novelty act. I’ve had the booker tell me ‘I don’t think this is what we like.” Well, clearly that booker was wrong because Ryan made it all the way to the finale after crushing the competition every single week. He finished the season in third place. Ryan returned hungry for the win on America’s Got Talent: The Champions. He finished in the top five in the superfan voting, with the judges ultimately deciding to send him to the Semifinals. Ryan failed to make it to the Finals, but regardless he is still a champion.
Where Is Ryan Now?
Ryan’s story inspired millions of people all over the world to literally go out and do whatever it is that you want to do. At the beginning of 2020, Ryan embarked on a tour across the United States to share more of his hilarious wits with his ever-growing fanbase. “There’s a lot of my story that isn’t necessarily jokes,” he said in an interview with the Indianapolis Star. “There’s a lot of hardship and things I had to overcome that isn’t quite the same style of funny.” He also said “I will do stand-up until I physically can’t do stand-up anymore. But I also think I would be wasting the platform and opportunities I have if I’m not trying to branch out into other things, too.”
The coronavirus pandemic may have thrown a wrench in some of his further tour plans as he has often taken to Instagram to share which tour appearances have been canceled. But let’s be real here, Ryan is going to have an extremely successful career for years to come. It doesn’t get more hilarious than him. He also launched a comedy podcast with two of his friends called “The Cafeteria.” You can listen to it here.
Who do you think is the best comedian of all time to appear on America’s Got Talent? Ryan Niemiller is definitely one of our picks.