Meet Michael Yo: Comedian On ‘America’s Got Talent’ That Almost Died Of COVID

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Howie Mandel will hit his Golden Buzzer on ‘AGT’ tonight and I believe Michael Yo is likely to be the recipient of it, there I said it. A 2-time Emmy nominee and regular on the Joe Rogan show, Michael Yo is a comedian/actor/host that is well known in Hollywood’s comedy circuit and is now on America’s Got Talent to make us all have a belly laugh. Before we fall in love any further, let’s get to know him better.

5 Facts About Michael Yo

1. Michael Yo Was In The ICU For 8 Days Because Of COVID

In a tearful Instagram video on March 30, Michael revealed that he had been diagnosed with the virus and pneumonia. He spent eight days in the intensive care unit before doctors said he was well enough to go home.

“I feel good now,” he said via a video interview on The Wendy Williams Show. “I’m about 85 percent better. But at times, like right now, I still have to think to kind of catch my breath.” Keep in mind, 6 days after his audition, he was in the ICU and his doctor wasn’t sure that he’ll make it.

2. Michael Yo Is A family Man

The self-proclaimed “Half-Black Brother with a Korean Mother” was born and raised in Houston and now lives in Los Angeles with his family. Michael has been blessed with a tight-knit family, that has been his major support system throughout his life. His father, Oliver, is an African American, while his mother, Kum, is a Korean.

Michael jokingly refers to the whole integration as “Blasians.” His parents have been a part of his podcasts quote a few times, along with his two children and wife that are a prominent feature on his Instagram.

Michael dated his wife for a year and married Claire Elise Yo in February 2017.

Claire is Miss Wyoming USA 2010 and has appeared in the reality show, ‘Kicking and Screaming.’ Since the birth of their son Oliver Yo and daughter Elise, Claire spends most of her time at home, looking after them.

3. Michael Has Had A Long Career On TV

America’s Got Talent is not his first stint in front of the camera, funny man Michael just dropped his stand up comedy special, Blasian. In acting, Michael reoccurred on “Kevin Can Wait” and is said to be a principal in Facebook’s upcoming Facebook Watch first sitcom series, “Starter Pack.”

Michael makes recurring appearances on ‘Chelsea Lately,’ ‘The Talk’, and ‘Showbiz Tonight.’ He has learned the tricks of stand-up under the guidance of Chelsea Handler and Jo Koy and recently dropped his debut stand-up special ‘Blasian’ on Amazon Prime.

4. Michael Used To Cover Celebrity News And Now Has His Own Show

Michael is a seen face in the entertainment industry and was seen covering celebrity news on “The Insider,” “Extra,” “E! News,” as well as guest co-hosting CBS’ “The Talk.” Michael is also a regular guest on The Wendy Williams Show, where he covers hot topics. He has his own comedy show, Yo Show on Yahoo! TV 5. Michael Yo Has Been Nominated For 2 Emmy’s

Michael Yo Is Likely Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer

Howie Mandel is yet to press his Golden Buzzer and this is his night to pick the one variety act he loves. Howie has historically had a soft spot for comedians and has tried to support them in the competition. Given Michael’s story and his talent, I am pretty sure he’s getting the GTodlen Buzzer tonight.

But if he’s not, don’t come for me. Okay?

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