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Last Comic Standing: The finalists move in

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 21st 2006 9:17AM
Last Comic Standing(S04E04) The twelve finalists move into the "house", which this year is the dry-docked luxury liner the Queen Mary, and the sniping begins. Actually, they didn't show all that much "house" stuff in this episode, which is probably a good idea. I mean, to be honest, I watch this show to see comedy, not to see people form alliances and yell at each other. But I guess this phase is necessary, else the competition phase would only be three weeks long.

The comedians are thrown together on the ship in combinations that maximize explosiveness and hilarity; big ol' Gabriel Iglesias and tiny Josh Blue are put on twin beds two inches apart. Explosive Roz and hormonal pregnant "broad" Stella are put in the same room. Stand back and let the wacky sparks fly.

And fly they do. Stella pisses off everyone, especially Roz. That's to be expected; Stella probably knew she was lucky to be on that ship, and tries anything she can to stand out. Meantime, she's making enemies all over the place.

The "pros", like Bill Dwyer and Iglesias, are already being shown to be above reproach. Dwyer just interjects fatherly observations about "the tension in the room" that sound too over-rehearsed, and generally is handling this like he knows he's safe for a while. For instance, when he votes for who has to go to the head-to-head challenge, he goes "I know I'm funnier than... Ant!" Hahahahaha. Ant's a Season Two guy... get it? He's not there! What a riot Bill was there. Sure must have made the people who were actually sweating out the vote happy to see that.

No one's emerged yet as the guy or gal everybody likes and roots for, the role Todd Glass played in Season Two. Maybe it's Josh, but right now it's only because of his disability; people don't want to challenge him, else they look like a-holes. Also, no one's really being funny in the house just yet. What was great about Glass is that no matter the situation he could do something to relax everyone and make them and the viewers laugh. Right now, everyone's looking a little to tense to generate any funny.

Anyway, the immunity challenge this week was to see which of the comedians is the best heckler and which can handle heckling the best. The sad thing about this challenge is that most of the comedians were better at heckling than at performing comedy. Josh and Chris were especially good, as they both were able to handle each other's insults smoothly and with funny comeback lines; their heckles were also funny. Kristen and Michele were also good at handling each other's insults as well as with the insults themselves. Ty called a heckling Stella "Hosanne", which everyone saw on the promos, but is still a funny line. Roz was just loud.

The most interesting heckler was Joey Gay. He just sat there and watched April Macie's act and didn't say a word. He said he was too respectful of other people's acts to do such a thing. But I think it was just strategy. He makes April look like an idiot for heckling him and it also didn't give anyone a reason to vote against him for the head-to-head.

Roz was the best heckler, according to the audience on the ship that night. Fine, whatever. Chris was the best comedian, which was deserved, so they were immune.

Stella, Michele and April were sent to the head-to-head, and none of them were funny. Stella's act is geared towards women, and isn't particularly fresh or creative. Michele actually had a joke that said, "I was on my way out of NY to come here, and a guy passed me and said, 'Would you get out of my f--kin' way, ma'am?' and I said, 'Who are you calling ma'am?" Wow. The only thing more stale than that joke is the bread in my refrigerator. April wasn't much better, but at least she had some potential, with good physical skills. She's young and has room to improve.

Ultimately, April and Stella were voted out, with Stella getting the lowest percentage. Which is how it should be; once it gets in the hands of people that aren't the producers, usually the worst comics get cast aside (except for Dat Phan, that is). Next week we get two more eliminated. And maybe we'll see Anthony Clark talk off-script for once. Ah, probably not.

Oh yeah, go to the show's web site and vote for your favorite eliminated comic (my choice is Doug Benson). The winner of that vote will be put back on the show, likely when the final six are chosen and the choice is up to viewer vote. Maybe as an audience we can undo some of the mistakes made by the producers.

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Wow - this season is terrible compared to the other years. Picking the finalists by demographics was a bad idea. Roz is so predictable, I hope she goes home soon. I want to see some real comedy. I'm thinking of deleting this off my TIVO, though I probably won't, I somehow like watching bad TV.

June 23 2006 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hopefully the next episode, the unfunny Rebecca Corry and the unfunny Roz get eliminated. That 13 year old (something like that) on "Americas Got Talent" were funnier than both of them combined!!!

I just cant get over the fact that Anthony Clark is hosting. I was expected stand-up like Jay Mohr used to do in the beginning of the comic show-down. What do we get?? NOTHING!! It pains me to say this, but just do whatever to get Jay Mohr back...give him money, say your sorry, just get Clark off there now!!!

June 21 2006 at 10:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim Goral

Roz was the best heckler? I think Gabriel Iglesias was far better--and he didn't have to say anything. He absolutely destroyed Bill's ability to continue his act. How do you even respond to something like that?

June 21 2006 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree that Stella getting the least amount of votes was correct, but was I the only one waiting for choice #4, all of the above? Or better yet, choice #5, all of the above and Roz. Sorry, but screaming bitch at someone over and over isn't comedy.

And again this week left me wondering just what the hell Anthony Clark is doing there. Someone needs to tell him he's the host of Last Comic Standing, not the emcee for an insurance convention at the Hyatt. Good grief. Maybe if the show had been Last Guy That Rode Ray Romano's Coat Tails For Five Years there would be a point to Clark's presence, but so far I can't find it. They may as well just let the contestants explain what is going to happen to the audience and go blow Clark's salary on hookers and booze.

I was actually impressed with Kristen Key this week. She's pretty funny, and handled Michele's heckling very well. And while Rebecca Corry crumbled under Roz's onslaught, her Monique bit when she was the heckler was one of my favorites.

Overall, I'd say that Chris Porter is in the lead to win the whole thing.

June 21 2006 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

lol of course Doug is the funniest member eliminated or on the show right now, but i want someone new i cant remember his name but i like the guy who was talking about killing women then taking pictures with them like fishes...lol...still makes me chuckle.

June 21 2006 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think my biggest problem with this season so far (besides Anthony Clark) is the horrible editing with the crowd scenes during the head to head challenge. I know they want people to think that the crowd found the comics histericly funny, but give me a break-we know that they are not and it just make the show look cheesy. Also i found Gabriel's laughing during Bil Dwyers performance absolutly funny. I sure hope this gets better.Right now i am pulling for Josh Blue and not just because of his handicap-i think right now he is the funniest and has the most potential. I know that i am funnier than michelle!

June 21 2006 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I disagree about Bil phoning it in. His comment about Ant was [sadly] the funniest moment in the whole episode. Ant = teh Not Funny(tm).

June 21 2006 at 9:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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