Mandel battles germs with laughs

Howie Mandel. (WENN.com)

Howie Mandel. (WENN.com)

Jim Slotek, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:27 PM ET

In the middle of Tuesday's comedy special Howie Mandel & Germ-Free Friends, Howie interacts with the audience at Montreal's Just For Laughs gala - much to his chagrin.

He brings up an audience member who, immediately upon reaching the stage, feels an urge to blow his nose on national TV, pops the tissue back in his pocket, and puts out his hand for Howie to shake.

Mandel is taken aback, and the audience screams - all the louder because of the comic's now-public longtime struggles with OCD and paralyzing germophobia.

"Could you believe that guy? Oh my God, that freaked me out," Mandel says over the phone during a taping break from judging America's Got Talent in San Antonio. No, it wasn't a set-up. "It was just another indication of how every time I'm on stage, I'm really living in the moment."

 


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