WEST PALM BEACH – Life is suddenly moving pretty quickly for Florida comic Cam Bertrand.
He’s getting recognized in restaurants. Bookers can’t sign him to shows fast enough. Heck, his Instagram account has even been verified with a blue check.
“They told me I’m real!” exclaimed Bertrand on Wednesday shortly before his performance at the Palm Beach Improv as the headliner of the Laughs on Blast show.
Bertrand granted Applause Break an interview prior to that show, during which he discussed the changes that becoming a contestant on AGT has brought to his life. Some of that interview appears in the above video. More will be posted on ApplauseBreak.com in the coming days.
South Florida comedy fans have long recognized that Bertrand has talent. Now, thanks to NBC, America is quickly becoming aware of Bertrand’s relaxed delivery and southern wit.
The process started with an audition for the television show American’s Got Talent. Earlier this month show producers selected him to be a contestant for the season that begins in August. Almost overnight Bertrand’s popularity exploded. When AGT posted his video on social media, the performance eclipsed 1 million views in less than 48 hours.
It’s another large career step forward for the 27-year-old, who’s been performing as a stand-up comic for less than a decade. A Tampa native, Bertand doesn’t consider himself a South Florida comic, but he did win the Florida’s Funniest Comic competition in 2019 – the finals of which occurring at the PB Improv. And South Florida comics turned out in droves to support Wednesdays’ show.
With COVID-19 canceling the 2020 and 2021 competitions, Bertrand still wears the Florida’s Funniest Comic crown. (The Florida’s Funniest competition will be revived in early 2022.)
Bertrand is in the process of booking his schedule for the next few weeks. As noted above, he’s never been in this much demand.
He isn’t scheduled to appear again on America’s Got Talent until August, at which time he will try to become the first true stand-up comic to win the AGT competition.