Hoosier comedian voted through to AGT semifinals

Ryan Niemiller performs during the live shows of "America's Got Talent" on August 20, 2019. (Trae Patton/NBC)
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UPDATE: "America's Got Talent" fans have voted Ryan into the semifinals next week on Channel 13.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Ryan Niemiller's humor won over all four judges in the preliminary rounds of America's Got Talent, and now he's in the live shows.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity to be on the same stage that they do the Oscars, like that is bananas," Niemiller said.

His comedy definitely stands out.

It's part self-deprecating but in a way that educates people to accept others who have disabilities.

"I don't want to be corny and cliché and say 'you can do anything you want to,' but there are opportunities for you if you work hard. I never believed when I was younger and people would say, 'You can do anything you want to,'" he said.

And he's been wowing the crowds all over the country and taking his show on the road.

But there's no mistaking that Ryan represents Indiana.

"It's been funny too because with a lot of shows people think, well maybe he grew up in Indiana, but he lives in Los Angeles. He lives in New York. Like no, I am on the south side. I am here in the city. You find me walking around and going to Kroger," he said.

He credits his success to his parents.

"My mom getting to share in this and see that all the hard work was worth it because this career is a ridiculous thing to start. You know, I am on the road all the time, I am away, crazy long drives and doing all this," he said.

Ryan's father passed away a few years ago.

"I loved him," he said. "And getting to see how happy he was when he was watching comedians on television. I think him getting to see his son doing it would have been really cool for him. But I think I did him proud either way. I am happy."



Ryan is happy to have made it this far on the national stage, but he needs our help to keep him there!

"If you want me to move on please vote, that's really what will get me through because at this point when you get to the live shows, everybody is really good at what they do," he said. "No one is there by accident. No one is there because they aren't good at what they do. So vote, please."


The jokes don’t stop coming as Ryan Niemiller welcomes America to Club Nub! 🤣

Posted by America's Got Talent on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Voting is open until 7 a.m. EDT, through the America's Got Talent app, the Xfinity X1 remote and by visiting NBC.com/AGTVOTE.


You can watch Ryan on America's Got Talent Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Channel 13.

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