Why Does ‘America’s Got Talent’ Dancer Keith Apicary Look So Familiar?

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Keith Apicary completely shocked the world during the Season 16 America’s Got Talent premiere with his dance act. What’s even more shocking is that this isn’t the first time he has been on our television screens. Once the dancer’s audition aired, social media flooded with people pointing out that Keith is a persona created by actor Nathan Barnatt.

‘America’s Got Talent’ Act Keith Apicary is One of Nathan Barnatt‘s Personas

Keith was introduced to viewers as a shy video game lover who developed a passion for dancing. Nathan first created the character of Keith and debuted him on his YouTube channel. It was his energetic dance moves that made everyone smile from ear to ear during his audition. He even threw in a little breakdancing twist at the end, earning him four yes’s from the America’s Got Talent judges. His time on stage was way different from the juice box drinking shy guy that we were first introduced to backstage.

Like many longtime fans, you might recognize him from his small cameos in television shows like LuciferIt’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaAdam Ruins Everything, and Community. He is also the star of Lady A’s 2014 music video for “Freestyle.”

Nathan has appeared as a zombie in a GameStop commercial along with several other commercials for IHOP, Carl’s Jr., and Snapple. He got to star in a Dr Pepper commercial with Stan Lee. He has performed numerous skits and his notorious Skittles parody commercials under the name Trale Lewous. After his Skittles commercials and skits went viral on YouTube, Skittles made him an official spokesperson for the brand. He eventually landed in the notorious “Hungry Eyes” M&M’s commercial and a Capital One commercial with Alec Baldwin.


Nathan is Hoping to Make it Big After His Audition

Nathan started his career off as a struggling actor in Los Angeles. He was advised to create his own opportunities and skip out on auditioning for television pilots. He started his YouTube channel in 2006 and has been pumping out hilarious content ever since. His 420,000 subscribers enjoy his many personas and huge variety of videos including some that share his workout regimen. Yes, Keith is secretly ripped underneath that striped sweater.

“I always play,” Nathan said in a 2012 interview at the height of his YouTube career. “I never got that thought where a lightbulb goes off in your head and you get the desire to do normal things. Like adult things? I guess I do, because I work hard. But my work doesn’t feel like work. I feel like I’ve never actually grown up. I legitimately don’t think I can.”

After his America’s Got Talent audition aired on television, Nathan posted on Instagram that he is seeking an agent and a job on a show. Based on the reception he got after his audition, we’d say a Las Vegas show may be in his future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Samantha Agate
Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate is a contributor and host for Talent Recap on YouTube with a previous byline at The Blast. She graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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