Taylor Williamson is an American stand-up comic and actor. He is known for finishing as the runner-up on the eighth season of America’s Got Talent and as a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing.
Following a successful preliminary audition in Los Angeles, Williamson was unanimously selected for the Vegas round by the show’s four judges. A favorite of Howie Mandel and Howard Stern, he successfully advanced through each round, relying on a save by judges’ choice in the quarterfinals. During his run to the finals, he also coined the term “Taylords”, affectionately referring to the members of his growing fanbase. In the season finale, Williamson was announced as the competition’s runner-up, finishing second in votes behind Kenichi Ebina. He has since vacillated between expressing dismay at the finale result and appreciation for his experience on the show.
Taylor returned to the show as a guest in Season 9, appearing on both the August 13 and 20 shows.
In the tenth anniversary special of the show, Taylor was named judge Heidi Klum’s all-time favorite act.