Prince Poppycock on life after 'America's Got Talent,' Vegas dreams, having to 'prove' himself


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PopWatch recently pondered the unfortunate absence of dear Prince Poppycock from our everyday lives, but thankfully, not one to deny his loyal poppies, the avant-garde performer himself called up EW to fill us in on his happenings.

Since making it to the finals of America’s Got Talent last year, John Andrew Quale (the man behind the Poppy) says not only has he been playing big gigs, but he has been able to quit the two jobs that once supported him (one of which was at a jewelry store, although, he jokes, they called it a “metal shop because ‘jewelry’ was too glamorous”). Now he’s getting ready to perform a series of summer concerts, he’s working on an album, and he’s in the planning stages of putting together a show, tentatively titled Prince Poppycock: His Royal Nonsense, which would tell the history of royalty.

“It would pop throughout the world and through time to briefly show a history of royalty through song, dance, and sketch — and possibly variety acts as well,” he says. “But it’s taking a little while to get the right team together to be able to produce that.”

And although his dreams are currently as extravagant as his stage acts, he admits that the ride since Talent hasn’t been completely smooth. “Since my act is quite unusual, I think I’m in the position where I have to prove myself at every step. I wasn’t offered a record contract like other contestants were because I’m not a traditional artist. But I feel like my act is going to have some legs to it. I feel like I’m at the beginning now and forging my career starting now…. This summer is going to be very exciting.”

The ultimate goal is to take his act to Las Vegas, as many fans have suggested. “I love Las Vegas. I always have. I’m definitely open to the possibility of a Vegas show, it just hasn’t come my way yet. But I think that putting together a show and doing short residencies [is the plan]. Vegas is the destination — the end goal, not really the starting location for me. You can’t start out at the World Series.”

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  • Valerie


    • Creep-E

      and worst

  • Valerie

    Oh Poppycock, I’m so glad to know that are doing well and that you are on the right path to really make a HUGE name for yourself in the entertainment industry. If your show ever does get picked up somewhere in Las Vegas, I’d be the first person to line up to see you.

  • Derek

    He is performing at L.A. Pride this coming Saturday! Can’t wait to see what he brings!

  • Desert Cat

    This man has amazing talent, and I cannot wait to see what he does next. I still fume whenever I think about how Piers Morgan treated him in the AGT finals.

  • ppfan

    good luck Prince Poppycock. I sure hope to see you in Vegas someday, cause I think you are made for it. I can’t believe no offer has come your way.

  • Rob

    LOVE him! PP is unbelievably talented, and I would definitely buy a ticket for his show when he comes to NYC.

  • mik

    Loved him in AGT Great stage presence and voice to match!

  • Matuse

    Loved the Poppy Prince! Wish they’d bring him back for an encore on AGT…he’d rock!

    • gmansgal1

      He IS gonna be on AGT tonight – Wed, Aug 24 – as a guest performer. I can’t wait to see what he will bring tonight!

      • robbin

        Where will Prince Poppycock be performing in September till the end of this year, 2011? I would like to see him in person. Anyone know?

      • Monica

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  • Minnie

    This talented artiste should be performing either at The Venetian or Paris Paris in Vegas.

    • gmansgal1

      Totally agree, that is exactly where he should be! What an awesome talent!

  • Goat Girl

    LOVE him! Would definitely pay to see him in Vegas.

  • Yogie

    I love Prince Poppycock. His singing and talent are pure art. He does belong in Vegas. His patience will pay off for him. ILUVU! :)

  • JulieB

    He was such an original act for AGT. I watch it now with one ear on the show while I am online doing a ton of other things. That’s how predictable and boring the show has gotten. Obviously after 6 seasons, what act is not a copy of what we already saw. Poppycock is a genuine talent, always exciting, and I would love it if he came to NYC.

  • Gagaholic

    He should have won!!! I hate how many great acts appear on America’s got talent and a stupid singer always wins. They should ban the singers and just have the acts. Because Poppy lost I will not be watching this year!

    • SLB

      He should have won. Does anyone even remember the guy who did?

      • Helen

        Yes, Michael Grimm – saw his album advertised in the newspapers, but the 10-year old winner of AGT last year, Jackie Evanko, is the one who will be the big, big star someday; she has two albums and was on a PBS special last evening. Although quite talented, Poppycock will not be a big star and neither will the guy who won!

      • Creep-E


      • Helen

        Michael Grimm is the winner and deserved it. He
        is fantastic and I have bought all his music.
        As for Jackie, she is fake. They trained her to sing that
        way and she will suffer as she gets older. I wouldn’t
        spend a dime on anything she records or her
        concerts. Loved Prince Poppycock last night but
        not his song of choice. I hope he sees success
        in Vegas.
        One thing about last night. The judges as usual
        got it wrong. They put that weird awful Springfield
        Dance through instead of Daniel Joseph Baker
        who was wonderful. That dance troup doesn’t
        stand a chance in hell of winning.

    • Red

      I think it’s because singers are generally considered ‘safe’. As in a safer bet than say, His Royal Nonsense. Signer are guaranteed money-makers.

      Poppycock? Unfortunately, entertainment and media big wigs don’t like to take risks and he, unquestionably, was likely considered a ‘risky’ venture.

      Which is sad, because he’s so fun to watch!

  • Helen

    I too loved Prince Poppycock but
    also loved Michael Grimm. The Prince should have come in second
    since Jackie(the child) should never have been in the mix. Her
    voice was so fake. Poppycock was
    100 times better. I also object to
    AGT allowing children under 12 to
    compete. For one thing, young
    children don’t belong on stage in
    Vegas and that is part of the
    winners prize.

    • L Stoever

      Are you kidding me?

    • Trinity

      I saw her live and her voice is REAL! Did you see her semi-final performance? She had a mishap at the end but no one seemed to notice it. She has a real voice, my cousin who is 12 and he can sing like a strong female operatic singer, so I don’t find it that hard to believe.

      • Jon

        My Aunt is an opera singer & vocal instructer and she
        has maintained that Jackie was improperly trained
        and is hurting her voice. I say it sounds creepy coming
        from a child and I don’t want to listen to her.
        As for her cd., I shop at our local Walmart several
        times a week and the cd isn’t selling here.

  • alioops

    He was definitely the most talented act last year on AGT and deserves a show in Vegas.

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