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Joe Matarese was a comedian from Season 9 of America's Got Talent. He was eliminated during Judgment Week.


Joe’s completely autobiographical act pokes fun at his subtly dysfunctional Italian family, his own neuroses, life with a five year old, and a baby daughter, and his marriage to a psychologist (his perfect match). After 20 years of failed relationships, his main objective is fixing Joe – he has to if he wants this relationship to work. Joe’s talent for turning real life struggles into comedy quickly landed him appearances on the most sought after TV and radio shows including Chelsea Lately, The Late Show with David Letterman (2 appearances), The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central Presents (his very own 1/2 hour special), Comedy.TV, AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, Nick Mom’s Night Out, The Howard Stern Show and Breuer Unleashed on Sirius Satellite Radio, Howard On Demand, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (4 appearances), and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend.

You may also recognize him from Bravo’s reality series Better Half where he teaches his wife to perform standup and she brings home the $20,000 prize. Joe has also hit the stage four times at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival, leading to two development deals with major television networks. Joe’s acting resume also recently grew when he landed a guest starring role on IFC’s Zrock playing “Cliff Brenner” an annoying yuppie with a pet bulldog, and a stand out performance in Howard TV’s hit show “Show In The Hallway” playing a cop who becomes obsessed with Robin Quivers, or on his web series “Fixing Joe” on which he stars in.

He also has a successful podcast called Fixing Joe where he turns the tables on self help and talk radio by asking his celebrity guests, listeners, and friends and family to help him on every episode. His hit comedic podcast aims to help others as Joe helps himself. 1


Joe Matarese's audition in Episode 906 consisted of joking about topics such as signs of feeling old, pretending to care as a dad, and easily having a good time when away from his kids. Howard Stern, Heidi KlumMel B, and Howie Mandel all voted "Yes," sending Joe to Judgment Week. After his performance, his kids (ages 6 and 1) joined him on stage to hug and congratulate him.

Judgment Week[]

Joe Matarese was sorted into the "Comedians" category in Judgment Week. His performance in Episode 907 consisted of joking about his life being harder with two kids than with one and potty training his six-year old kid. Joe's performance was not strong enough for the judges to send him to the Quarterfinals, eliminating him from the competition along with Rachel Butera in Episode 908.

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