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Preacher Lawson      

Stand-Up Comedian; Best Known for "America's Got Talent" Season 12

Preacher Lawson was born In Portland, Oregon, but raised for most of his adolescence in Memphis, Tennessee. He moved 20 times before age 10, but if you asked him what city he was from, he would say Orlando, Florida because there, he grew as a comedian.

Growing up switching schools all of the time, he had to learn how to adapt. Everywhere he'd go, he would learn about different people and different cultures, but he noticed the one universal language everyone had in common was laughter. Through laughter, he spoke and warmed up to most people. Even when he wasn't the funniest, he was still the loudest.

Preacher started writing jokes when he was 16 for about a year, then decided to perform for the first time at age 17 as a bet with his mother. He considered giving this performance the best decision of his life.

Preacher has been blessed enough to meet a few idols of his. He has opened up for many well-known comedians. He won the 2015 Funniest Comedian In Florida and the 2016 Seattle International Comedy Competition.

His advice to others: "Don't Follow Your Dreams. Lead Them."

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