Del Mar native returns home for ‘America’s Got Talent’ tour show Oct. 22

Taylor Williamson. Photo courtesy of NBC.

By Kristina Houck

Del Mar native Taylor Williamson will perform in San Diego for the first time since he placed second on the hit NBC competition series “America’s Got Talent.”

The 27-year-old comedian, along with winner Kenichi Ebina and other fan favorites, will take the stage Oct. 22 at the Civic Theatre when the nationwide “America’s Got Talent” tour stops in San Diego.

“My family will get to come see me,” Williamson said. “I can prove I’m not a failure.”

Although Williamson said he didn’t think he would make it past the early rounds, he survived a variety of elimination shows and made it all the way to the show’s season finale, where he performed one final comedy act alongside “Inside the Actor’s Studio” host James Lipton. Although Williamson and dancer Ebina were the last two contestants standing, Ebina won the $1 million prize and headline show in Las Vegas.

“I didn’t think I’d get that far at all because my comedy is really stupid and silly,” Williamson said. “I never thought that people would like me that much.

“It’s really special to me that I got that far not because some producer or casting director liked me, but because people invested in me and voted for me. I’m here because people made it happen. That’s the most special thing ever.”

Williamson, who grew up in Del Mar, began performing at The Comedy Store in La Jolla when he was a student at Torrey Pines High School. Now based in Los Angeles, Williamson said he looks forward to returning to San Diego for the roughly hour and a half show later this month.

“I’m performing with some of the most talented people I’ve ever met,” said Williamson, who has about an 18-minute family-friendly set during the show. “We get to perform in giant theaters in front of thousands of people who came to see us.”

In addition to the tour, Williamson is set to return to San Diego again when he performs Dec. 19-22 at the American Comedy Company. It will be one of Williamson’s many stops on his own national tour. He’s also developing a comedy special.

“It’s really weird going from not getting bookings to performing for thousands of people who are happy to see me,” Williamson said. “I’m getting all these amazing opportunities thanks to the show. I went from having nothing to do to being way too busy. I’m appreciative.”

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