Adam Gitlin storms YouTube with his nerd alter-ego, Eugene
This is Adam Gitlin — although you may know him as Eugene the Librarian, the nerdy poet who created quite a stir on this year’s Britain’s Got Talent show on ITV.
Mr Gitlin, a dentist (the teeth in the picture are fake) who lives in Plymouth, went on the programme to help establish himself as a stand-up comic.
His alter-ego, an amusing, self-deprecating poet, received a standing ovation, was described by judge Simon Cowell as “pretty remarkable” and has since attracted more than 2.1 million viewers on YouTube.
Although Mr Gitlin, 37, did not make the final 40, he is more determined than ever to do comedy poetry and is now planning his comeback in the next series of the hit show.
He tells People: “I’m definitely going to have another go next year. I have had some great feedback from the show.
“My routine has been the 15th most viewed audition on YouTube.”
He says: “I was always worried the judges wouldn’t realise I was in character. I am Eugene the whole time I am on stage. I don’t think it would have been credible if I had taken time to put on the glasses and put in the fake teeth.”
The father-of-two was watching Britain’s Got Talent with his daughters last year when he decided to enter. “I thought: ‘I could do better than that.’
“I would really like to do more stand-up but it is such a hard game to get in to.”
Mr Gitlin works at the Maple Croft Dental Practice in East Looe, Cornwall. He attends Exeter Synagogue.