I was wondering why Howie Mandel mentioned the Newtown victims, but now I see from the comments here that the Catapult group was doing a tribute to them. I'd been fast-forwarding through some of the "back stories" so I must have missed it when they were talking about it. I have nothing but sympathy for the victims' families & the town (have a good friend who lives there) but their "tribute" does seem like a vote-getting ploy.
I'm glad the comedian made it. My favorite part was about the spelling. When my own kids were in first grade, their teachers corrected their spelling but a friend in town said teachers in first grade where her kids went to school did not, so it brought back memories, lol. I liked: "What's going to happen when my kid grows up and gets a JIB?" and then "Look Butch, if you get my draft..."