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Howie Mandel Spoofs Britney Spears’ Controversial Knife Dance

Howie Mandel on 'America's Got Talent' Qualifiers 2Photo by:Trae Patton/NBC

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Comedian and America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel is known for his hilarious antics, and his latest parody video takes aim at Britney Spears’ recent controversial knife dance clips. Mandel posted a video of himself in his kitchen, holding two butter knives and dancing goofily to upbeat pop music.


Howie Mandel Does a Knife Dance That Parodies Britney Spears

The video posted on his Instagram account shows Mandel waving the knives around as he bops along to the beat, adding his own unique physical comedy flair. In typical Mandel fashion, the knives seem to barely avoid hitting him in the face or poking him in the eye as he dances erratically.

The video applies a delayed effect, making it look like Mandel suddenly has backup dancers joining him. By using harmless butter knives and infusing his goofy physical comedy and self-deprecating humor into the dance, Mandel poked fun at the situation in a lighter way.

Mandel’s video clearly spoofs the infamous videos Spears herself posted in recent weeks, which showed her dancing while holding large knives. Her clips sparked major concern from fans and even prompted police to conduct a welfare check at her home.


Spears later claimed the knives were fake props and that the public overreacted. However, the jarring imagery of the pop icon wielding what looked like real knives while moving in a trance-like state was controversial enough to catch Mandel’s comedic attention.

Howie Mandel’s Knife Dance Video Draws Hilarious Reactions From Fans

In the comments section of Mandel’s Instagram post, fans largely seem entertained by his wacky antics. One fan jokes that it’s “the new Britney craze,” while another quips that Mandel is auditioning for the Mayas.

Several commenters make lighthearted stabs about whether routines like this might fly on AGT itself. Plenty of other fans simply flood the comments with laughing and heart emojis, clearly entertained by Mandel’s physical comedy and the overall silliness of him waving around butter knives.


Some followers joke about the potential “danger” of the act, with one writing “Don’t be starting trends!” Another fan tells Mandel not to let germaphobe detective character Adrian Monk see this video, while someone else jokes “Time to put Howie in a conservatorship,” a reference to the news about Spears ending her conservatorship.

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