August 21, 2013 10:09 pm

Canadian John Wing makes ‘America’s Got Talent’ semi-finals

John WIng performs on 'America's Got Talent' in July.

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TORONTO – Veteran Canadian comedian John Wing earned a spot Wednesday in the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent.

The 53-year-old Sarnia, Ont. native was up against a pair of acrobats for the last of four remaining spots awarded during the show.

Three of the four celebrity judges, including Canadian comic Howie Mandel, voted for Wing.

“I really have to go… because I know it best… with John Wing,” said Mandel.

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Howard Stern praised Wing as “one of the best comics America’s Got Talent has ever had grace the stage.”

Wing said winning a spot in the semi-finals felt “pretty darn good.”

The night before, he performed a 90-second routine on AGT‘s live broadcast from Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Among Wing’s competitors in the semi-finals are two other stand-up comics.

A comedian has never won AGT. Last season, comedian Tom Cotter finished second to a dog act.

During an earlier episode, taped in Las Vegas, Wing revealed he is a recovering drug addict.

“I had to get off drugs,” he said. “I stopped being funny for a year or two and had to come back and find out why I was funny.”

Wing isn’t the first Canadian to compete on AGT. In Season 5, Burnaby, B.C.-born magician Murray Sawchuck made it as far as the semi-finals.

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