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'America's Got Talent' on NBC: Who is Jordan Conley? Stand-up comedian is a huge 'Star Wars' fan

Jordan Conley said that he went to his first open mic at the age of 18 and performed terribly but still loved it
Jordan Conley is all set to appear on 'America's Got Talent' Season 17 (@loljordancon1ey/Instagram)
Jordan Conley is all set to appear on 'America's Got Talent' Season 17 (@loljordancon1ey/Instagram)

'America's Got Talent', which has unearthed hidden gems such as Lindsey Stirling, Terry Fator, and Grace VanderWaal, is returning to amaze viewers with some of the world's best talents. The long-running NBC competition has proven to be a fantastic way for aspiring singers, dancers, and standup comedians to break into the industry. The ultimate reward is $1 million, as well as the opportunity to headline a show in Las Vegas and a fantastic introduction to the competitive world of entertainment.

As per the current season's official synopsis, "The 17th season of “America’s Got Talent” returns with a new set of aspiring performers looking to compete for the ultimate $1 million prizes. Executive producer Simon Cowell returns to the star-studded judging panel with global fashion icon Heidi Klum, fan-favorite comedian Howie Mandel and acclaimed actress and international superstar Sofia Vergara. The dynamic Terry Crews returns as host. This season promises to deliver some of the wildest acts to ever grace the “AGT” stage." Looking for more talent-based shows to watch? Check out 'American Song Contest', 'American Idol', and 'So You Think You Can Dance'.


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Who is Jordan Conley?

Jordan Conley is a stand-up comedian and actor. He is well-known for his roles in  'Jonny Loquasto: Physical Therapy' (2021), 'Vows' (2020), and 'Under Wraps 2'. Jordan went to his first open mic at the age of 18 and performed horribly, but he liked it. Jordan had to quit after the first time since he didn't have a way to get to the comedy gigs. Jordan didn't drop out of school until six years later, when he finally acquired his first car, and then he plunged back into stand-up comedy full force. Jordan began by performing at 12 to 15 open mics every week, honing his talent and dreaming of being the next big thing. Jordan's Uncle, Dextor Smiles, got him his first paying gig two months after he started doing stand-up. Jordan was paid $50 for his performance in a church in front of 500 people. He says he opened the show for 5 minutes and was apprehensive.


In an interview, VoyageLA Jordan discusses the challenges he encountered on his road to success. He says that getting started in comedy was difficult as Jordan's family was not on his side. He says he "would return home delighted about my three minutes of open mic comedy", but his parents would "still try to talk him out of my choices and discuss possible jobs other than stand-up comedy". It wasn't until Jordan's first comedy gig that they changed their minds and have been incredibly supportive ever since. The other issue was Jordan's lack of financial resources to support his professional decision. He had to find a day job that earned a little more than minimum payments to compensate for having to stay up late at night owing to not getting up until the very end of open mics, which generally go until 2 am.


In the same interview, Jordan also talks about the kind of comedy he does. He stated that his act comprises of self-deprecating humor that looks at himself but spins it in a good light with the goal of encouraging others. Jordan utilizes comedy to heal others since his greatest love is making people laugh.

Jordan thinks you're laughing, and you've forgotten about your troubles and sufferings for a time. Furthermore, Jordan is a black comedian from Orange County, which distinguishes him. Jordan revealed that is an enormous nerd on the inside and out. Jordan discusses everything from video games to Disney to professional wrestling to collecting action figures to reading comic books to being a major Star Wars fan. Jordan discusses these subjects, but he twists them such that they are relatable to everyone, regardless of race or age.

Watch Jordan Conley on 'America's Got Talent' Season 17, on Tuesday at 8 pm on NBC.

You can catch all-new episodes every Tuesday from 8 to 10 pm ET/PT. For viewers who wish to tune in to the show without cable, they can do so using streaming services such as Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, AT&T TV, or YouTube TV.