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Hear Papayaso’s Surprising and Uncanny Impressions of Jimmy Fallon and Simon Cowell

America's Got Talent Judges weren't initially impressed with Andres Parada's animal sounds, but he soon floored them.

By Jax Miller

With America’s Got Talent Judge Simon Cowell being such a fan of clowns (just kidding), it was initially doubtful this “Chilean” impressionist and clown would advance in the AGT competition.

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Papayaso the Clown came to the AGT stage and exchanged some back and forth with Spanish-speaking Judge Sofia Vergara when introducing himself. His initial impressions of an elephant and a dog were somewhat lackluster, failing to win over the viewers.

Papayaso explained he’d next do an impression of Jason Statham before shifting into the British action star’s unmistakable accent. Winning the audience over, he reverted to Spanish before introducing his impression of British broadcaster David Attenborough.

“The Chilean clown is known for surviving solely off laugher,” Papayaso delivered in a perfect Attenborough voice. “Therefore, this clown is in mortal danger.”

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Erupting in laughter between impressions, next came NBC’s Jimmy Fallon interviewing Academy Award-nominated actor Adam Driver.

“Gotta great show tonight, everybody,” Papayaso clapped away as The Tonight Show host. “We got Adam Driver in the house.”

Papayaso saved the best for last when giving his impression of AGT’s own Cowell.

“I don’t mean to be rude, but I’ve seen funnier clowns in horror films,” Papayaso continued.

Who is Papayaso, aka Andres Parada?

Papayaso performs on the AGT stage

Papayaso’s act was so convincing that not even the Judges knew he wasn’t actually a Chilean clown. Instead, he is Andres Parada, a writer, actor, musician, and comedian from Tubac, Arizona, according to his website.

Now based in Los Angeles, Parada studied the art of clowning at some of the industry’s best comedy workshops and clubs, including The Idiot, Second City, and The Pack. His clowning career “as a weirdo” began with hitting the road, traveling around the country with folk bands in a van.

These days, when not taking Papayaso to the AGT stage, Parada writes and performs on the house team at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater, founded by comedy legends Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh.

Parada also performs as a member of the Sunday Club at The Groundlings, where many comedians cultivated their craft, including Will Ferrell, Conan O’Brien, and Jennifer Coolidge. It was also where the late Paul Reubens created his iconic Pee-wee Herman character.

Aside from clowning, Parada contributes to the satirical news outlet The Daily Misinformer, which has garnered hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of views on TikTok.

Parada’s impression of Cowell had the AGT Judge laughing so hard that he couldn’t find the words to give the performer his thoughts.

Vergara, meanwhile, called the act “amazing.”

“We look for moments, and we look for surprises, and you are a moment, and you are a surprise,” offered Howie Mandel.

Mandel admitted he initially thought Parada was playing a joke when starting the bit with his animal noises but then called Parada “one of the best impressionists” he’d seen.

Heidi Klum also thought Parada’s performance was “amazing,” but she especially loved how excited he got between acts.

“You did your impression, and then you were so happy with yourself when you were laughing,” said Klum. “That made me laugh.”

Once Cowell regained his composure and stopped laughing, he said, “I’ve never seen or met a funny clown in the world; you might be the only one.”

With four yes votes to stand on, Parada gave a little dance of gratitude on the stage, whipping out his clown horn to boot. Still in character, Papayaso told AGT Host Terry Crews there will be more impressions to come, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store.

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