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'Last Comic Standing' - 'The Semi-Finals Part Two' Recap

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jul 6th 2010 2:30PM
Kurt Metzger(S07E05) I'm way more excited for this week of comics than last week. If I remember correctly, this is a way better group and so the competition will be more intense. At least that's what I'm hoping after a lame opening bit involving a monkey in the control room.

The first semifinal comic up is Roy Wood Jr. His voice is weird and I sort of like his perspective, but his jokes aren't as strong. They get better as his set goes on though. Judge Greg Giraldo pretty much agrees with me. I don't know if he's memorable enough, but he's not bad.

My girl Fortune Feimster is second. Oh man, have I missed her since I dubbed her my favorite in my first recap. Her voice sometimes still reminds me of Chris Farley, which is not necessarily a bad thing at all. She didn't do her strongest set, but she's so likable. Judge Andy Kindler thinks she was fantastic.

Jerry Rocha goes up next. He does a voice that's amazingly spot-on and hilarious. He's way better now in the semifinals than he was in his audition or the showcase. He has a vocal tic where he says, "You know what I mean, guys?" that's not the greatest but his set is solid. Judge Natasha Leggero critiques his jokes as kind of "easy" but Kindler and Giraldo liked him.

Guy Torry is worried that people know him from TV shows and movies but not as a stand-up. He is also the first comic to officially bomb hard in the semi-finals. It is rough-going. Leggero is not amused at all. His jokes don't make a lot of sense and they're about the 2008 election, which is weird because it's 2010. This is kind of painful to watch. He says Hilary Clinton couldn't be president because she is "weak," but the crowd doesn't know what to make of him. He's also fighting with the judges when they criticize him and tells Leggero he's "not worried" about her. He also asks the audience, "What ya'll think?" and some cheer but mostly they boo, which tickles Leggero. This guy's an ass.

Next is Jacob Siroff, who has a wife and a kid and is worried about money. We get it, you're my future Jewish boyfriend. He goes up and acknowledges Torry by saying, "Well, that wasn't awkward." Good job, Siroff! His jokes are peppered with dare I say it, punchlines! It's refreshing! I like him! I bet he doesn't make it through though because that's how this goes for me.

Nikki Glaser reminds me of 'Last Comic Standing' alumna Amy Schumer in looks, voice and jokes. She also says she doesn't want to catch "anything else" when talking about STDs, which is unintentionally hilarious. She's doing that "slutty lady" comic bit where she talks about not knowing who the father of her baby is and about getting pregnant in her teens. It's a familiar schtick that Leggero calls a "party girl mentality." So like, the Ke$ha of stand-up comedy? Man, I miss Jamie Lee from last week.

Oh goody! My "favorite" Taylor Williamson is back. His voice is so high-pitched and babyish that the audience laughs before he even tells a joke. "I'm 1 for 0," Williamson quips. They also crack up when he mentions his girlfriend but he insists, "That's not the laugh-y part." Oh boy. But then he admits he doesn't have a girlfriend so the move seems calculated. I can't tell. I guess he's different from anyone else in the competition but I'm still not sold. If he makes it through, I predict Myq Kaplan from last week will crush him but we'll see.

Nick Cobb has jokes about talking in movie quotes as he's getting dumped. I laughed out loud at his joke about hiring a clown to sit through a break-up speech with you. Editing does him a disservice and shows legit two jokes. The judges are wishy-washy on him and Giraldo says they had higher expectations for him. Ouch.

Next is Mike Vecchione, who talks about tricking his Jewish friend into coming with him to church by telling him it's a wine tasting. I kind of love it. He makes me laugh but I'm not entirely into it. His punchlines are solid. Leggero says most guys who look like Vecchione aren't so clever and he responds, "I look like I could be fixing your toilet or racially profiling you." It's funny.

Backstage, Cristela Alonzo says she's nervous. She talks about being Mexican and growing up poor. The punchlines hit but it's not the best performance-wise. You can tell she's nervous. The jokes are good -- one about her parents being so Mexican they were pinatas is great but her nerves got the best of her.

Kurt Metzger's voice is so funny. I just want to like, hang out with him. He also uses the phrase "khaki-wearing Anti-Christ" to describe a child and I laughed out loud. He's a good comedian and he deserves to move forward. He describes himself as if "Mr. Bean was a rapist." Hilarious.

Next is Laurie Kilmartin, who talks about getting pregnant accidentally at age 41. Lots of ladies tonight talking about babies. I know it's a coincidence but it kind of sucks. Kilmartin is funny though. I liked her from the beginning. She also does a great imitation of a Russian accent. The judges love her. I bet she moves on.

Not wanting to be a two-time loser, Tommy Johnigan hopes he makes it past the semi-finals this as it's his second go around. More jokes about babies but his are super clever. He compares making a baby to building a shed and it's great. He does really well and now I'm curious if it's enough to put him through to the next round.

Claudia Cogan is next and I remember I liked her a lot. She's super cute and I like the way she thinks -- it's quirky. Kindler says it didn't kill him tonight and Leggero agrees. Giraldo has the best commentary when he says he enjoys her but her set didn't "jump off the stage." Aw. I liked her. Darn.

Ugh. Maronzio Vance, we meet again. He's definitely not as annoying as I remember from auditions and he's definitely not Felipe Esparza from last week, who has become my nemesis in these recaps. Vance has got some solid material that I actually liked. Leggero says he's also grown on her, which Vance responds: "In a good way? Not like a rash or anything?" Pretty, pretty good.

If Jason Nash doesn't do well in the competition, he says his wife is going to make him get a job. I like his energy on stage a lot and his jokes about his kids are funny. Giraldo calls him "happy" but also "creepy-sad" and it's the perfect description. I hope he moves on.

James Adomian was another favorite from the showcase. His energy is amazing and he seems to have grown Kirk Fox's mustache for some ill-advised reason. Yep. I still love him. He does an awesome Gary Busey impression that isn't just an impression but it has JOKES in it. It's unreal. The judges and host Craig Robinson make him do more impressions after his set including Jesse Ventura and George W. Bush. Both are excellent.

Next is Carmen Lynch, who is a complete weirdo but I like her point of view. She also talks about babies but she's crazy dark about it. Kindler says he likes her but her jokes are not developed enough. Giraldo rightfully calls her original. I think she won't go through but she could come back if there's a next season and do super well.

Bryan McKim is another weirdo comic whose point of view and delivery I loved during the showcase. Kindler says its good to see him and McKim responds, "You too. I forgot you were going to be here." Hilarious. The judges love his persona as do I. I wonder if he's too off-beat in the way Jonathan Thymius from last week is and that they'll negate each other. I hope not.

Backstage, Torry is already packed and ready to leave. Good riddance. My baby girl, Feimster is nervous from waiting so long. Group one is Siroff, Torry, Cogan, Adomian and Rocha. Torry's brought his backpack on stage with him. Ugh. Adomian is the only one to move on from that group, which is bittersweet because Siroff deserved it too and Rocha also did well.

Wood Jr. moves on, ousting Nash, Lynch, and Metzger (who got so freaking robbed, it's unbelievable). I thought he was solid but Metzger was way, way better. I think my liking someone curses them.

Oh my god, Feimster is in the next group. If she doesn't make it, I'm going to freak out. Cobb, Alonzo and Kilmartin are also in this group. Kilmartin goes through. There seems to be no consistency between the judges' comments and who actually moves on. Feimster was easily the funniest female comic in the bunch -- way better than Rachel Feinstein who moved on last week. Yeah, bitter recap-er is bitter.

Group four is McKim, Johnagin, Glaser and Williamson. Johnagin goes through and he deserves it. I'm sad to see McKim go and Williamson did well despite my hatred of his persona.

Vance and Vecchione are last and they're holding hands adorably. Vecchione deserves it but Vance will move on. I should just quit right now because apparently anyone I think is funny ends up doomed on this show.

The season 7 top ten are officially:

Felipe Esparza
Jonathan Thymius
Rachel Feinstein
Mike DeStefano
Myq Kaplan
James Adomian
Roy Wood Jr.
Laurie Kilmartin
Tommy Johnigan
Maronzio Vance

But in my head, this list is almost entirely different. What do you think?

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PJ

Adomian is solid and a standup newbie, but MAN he has some amazing impressions and comedy acting chops...

Kilmartin is a veteran who if she wins - will NEVER disappoint as a headliner.

ADOMIAN:
http://www.atom.com/funny_videos/3EFBFFFF01DDCAA8001701013D29/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/archive/236/blog/w/james_adomian/face_to_bush_the_exit_intervie_10268.html

KILMARTIN:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aq_AXyGL0c

July 12 2010 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

Taylor Williamson got robbed. He was the funniest in the competition by far. I'm so pissed he didn't move on, it makes me wonder if like previous seasons, some of the comics who moved on have agents who are producers of the show.

July 08 2010 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kris

I personally thought Taylor Williamson was good enough to get through, but oh well. I'd have to agree with Chris on this one, he got robbed.

July 08 2010 at 8:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Synpax

I watched and marked down how often the comics made me laugh. Vechio made me laugh eight times, Moranzio Vance got three laughts out of me, Roy Wood got one, Guy Torry got a laugh just for pissing off the judges.

I noted that Kilmartin had some potential and Kurt had some good writing. I also noted I liked Adomian and was familiar with his work.

Everyone else: crickets. Fortune got a smile at the end but I just guess we have different tastes.

I was so disappointed they didn't put Vechio through. What were they thinking?

Oh, and Leggero's tits are as fake as her laughter for most of the comedians.

This show really needs a Simon.

July 08 2010 at 2:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cmmayo

I just finished watching this (via DVR) and I totally agree that Metzger got robbed. So very pissed by that (Hell, he's on "Ugly Americans" with Natasha--???).

Then again, it has made me go looking for more stand-up from him and I like what I am finding, so maybe it'll work out for him anyway.

July 07 2010 at 1:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dani n.

Oh Man! Fortune Feimster was one of the funniest of all these many weeks. They're nuts for not casting her.

July 06 2010 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kev H

I can't agree with you--Feimster is just not that funny. Her schtick seems to be predicated on, "look at me, I'm the big wacky in-your-face girl."

Self-deprecation can really only get you so much clout with the audience. If she worked on material other than making fun of herself, maybe. But her wackiness is, at best, off-putting.

July 06 2010 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Gabrielle Dunn

I do agree that she could work on her material and perhaps it was too soon for her to move on but I was charmed and I found her funnier than at least one of the women (and a few of the men) who did advance. But that's just my opinion!

July 06 2010 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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