Howard Stern to LA rap artist: "You're going to Vegas!"
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Everyone who has auditioned for the NBC summer television series America's Got Talent, since its debut in 2006, has longed to hear those four golden words: "You're going to Vegas."
At the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown LA during the premiere of the popular show's seventh season, local rap artist Chris LaVrar's stellar performance knocked all three celebrity judges out of their seats to a unanimous standing ovation.
Although the echoing sounds of elation and applause were deafening in an arena packed with an enthusiastic audience exceeding 2,000, affirmation from the reality program's newest arbiter was articulate and strongly audible.
Unlike other rap artists in today's pop culture, LaVrar's mind-blowing routine is one that only mental giants can muster and pull off with seamless class, political style and cultural grace.
"You don't pre-write that?" asked Mandel. "That was one-hundred percent off the top of my head," replied LaVrar.
Invigorated by a blend of high intelligence and spontaneous ingenuity, the performer's unpredictable rap is reliant upon his immediate surroundings as people, places and things present themselves at any given moment of realism.
During LaVrar's routine, which was truncated for the television audience due to time constraints, Mandel appeared pleasantly surprised when the rapper extracted from his creative juices a mention of an animated TV series Mandel created and voiced for FOX Kids. The long-running show, titled "Bobby's World," gave viewers a glimpse at life through the eyes of a young boy and his excessively-active imagination.
In Chris' World, the wheels of LaVrar's mind are not only animated -- they're in overdrive.
LaVrar's live audiences get a chance to see a snapshot of themselves, not through a mirror or camera lens, but in a reflection created spontaneously and rhythmically by a performing artist with a keen sense of imparted reasoning, expert observation and timing so precise, it's downright magical.
Then again, this is what a fertile mind is all about. And LaVrar possesses it like a demon. He owns it like a gemstone. His act is novel and more than meets the eye and ear combined.
LaVrar's technique is so unusual, it's "improbable," as NBC has dubbed the rapper.
America's Got Talent airs on Monday and Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.