WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Eric Dittelman – a Grafton resident and Westborough High School graduate – wowed celebrity judges and audiences alike with his mind-reading abilities during his stint on NBC's "America's Got Talent." On Wednesday, Dittelman returned to his alma mater and showed off his comedic skills to a hometown audience.
Dittelman auditioned for "America's Got Talent" in May, and went on to impress judges Howard Stern, Sharon through the show's semifinals in August.
Since then, Dittelman has continued touring comedy clubs, colleges, and casinos with an act that's one part magic, one part standup and one part improv.
Wednesday was a homecoming of sorts, as several hundred fans, friends and family laughed along at his self-deprecating humor and were dazzled during routines such as blindfolded Pictonary.
"Taking the stage – the stage I used to be on in high school – was a pretty exciting experience," said Dittelman in an interview after Wednesday's performance. "Performing was always in my blood. Initially I went into music and performance art in college. I decided to follow my passion and do what I love for a living."
Pointing to the back of the stage, Dittelman said, "Even if you go back here in this little hallway, you'll see my name on the wall. It's pretty exciting to see."
Regarding his run on "America's Got Talent" and his elimination, Dittelman said, "I don't regret anything about the experience, and just enjoyed the ride."
Dittelman said he wants to keep performing as long as he can. Meanwhile, visiting his home in Grafton was "fantastic," he said.
"My family has been so supportive," he said. "They're very proud, and I'm proud to be back here, doing what I love to do."