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What you may not know about Last Comic Standing

by Paul Goebel, posted Jul 4th 2007 1:08PM

Doug BensonThe most frustrating thing about watching Last Comic Standing has got to be the misrepresentation of stand up comedy as a form of entertainment and a way to make a living. However a close second is the way the producers edit the show to leave out certain things.

In a recent episode of the show, comedian Doug Benson auditioned in Minnesota and the audience learned that he had previously auditioned in Los Angeles but wasn't asked back. According to the episode that aired, the reason that Doug didn't make the cut was because Ant thought Doug wasn't exciting enough onstage, but that is only half the story.

Ask yourself this...why was Doug sent away from the competition just because Ant didn't like him? What about Kathleen and Alonzo? If they voted for him then it doesn't matter what Ant thought, right? Well, here's what you didn't see:

At the daytime auditions, Ant's judge status had clearly gone straight to his head and when Doug auditioned Ant was so drunk with power he decided that he didn't want to hear from Doug and insisted that he not be put through to the next round.

Before Doug even got out of the club, he was told that he had an appointment to re-audition in Minneapolis. It seemed that Ant had been "abusing his power" all day and treating many of the comedians with extreme disrespect.

So, as we saw, Doug auditioned again in Minneapolis and made it to the next round. The ironic part of the story is that the producers did the same thing with Ant in season two. The producers felt they had made a mistake not letting Ant into the final group in season one, so they asked him to audition again and were happy to give him way too much screen time.

The good news is that, from what I understand, there is no comedian house this season, just performances and hopefully none of them will be from Ant.

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What a disappointment... I thought the best part of the first season was the, ahem, interaction (read: zingy-one liners and practical jokes) between the comics in the house. I'll miss you, house.

July 06 2007 at 1:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd just prefer it if somone would kindly remove that dead animal from the top of Ant's head. They could feature him on What Not to Wear and start with that brown thing. 1985 called, and they want their Flowbee back.

July 05 2007 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did everyone forget that there is no such thing as a true reality show? I'm sure the results are pre-determined but the comics who made it through are there deservedly so (especially Doug) and I'm looking forward to seeing more of their stuff (kudos to NBC for losing the house.) Maybe they keep Ant around to maintain some balance between talent and sheer hackery? I just hope the comics from the UK, Austraila and Canada get a little more time than they did during the audition episodes.

July 05 2007 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ant only ever got onto the show because Barry Katz, the show'sexecutive producer, also happened to be his agent:


...I doubt there's a reality show that has a more rigged audition and finalist selection process out there.

July 05 2007 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nice photo! Couldn't find anything lower-res?

July 05 2007 at 10:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No house this season?! The house is the best part!

Also, get rid of Ant!

July 05 2007 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I say kudos to whoever wins the money and bravo special.  In this ridiculous world where we pay obscene amounts of money to talentless sycophants (Ant- and any amount of money you pay him is too much) we should reward people with true talent.  Being a good stand up comedian has got to be harder than say an athlete, who may have talent, but does the same this over and over.  

July 05 2007 at 12:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i know a number of 'well known' comics from my too many years in LA - (including bill dwyer - he's hit it somewhat big on the game show network, and i say good for him and his family!), and honestly, while some may be known to a fairly large audience through appearances on tv (like comedy central or talk shows), the money is negligible. it is a very, very tough racket. unless you get a sitcom lead or get a good writing gig, it is extremely difficult to make a living. i could list at least a dozen brilliant comedic minds who are just scraping by - despite having decent recognition from tv appearances.

July 05 2007 at 12:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I mean well off in terms of popularity, having a substantial fan base, which you can build off from. That's much easier to do for comedians that we've already seen than comedians we have just heard about from this show.

July 04 2007 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

.9 --> unless you've got a sitcom deal or doing what the blue collar retards are doing, i don't think comedians are well off even when you see them a lot on stuff like vh1.

July 04 2007 at 7:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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