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'Last Comic Standing' - 'The Semi-Finals: Part One' Recap

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jun 29th 2010 1:30PM
Chip Pope(S07E04) The semi-finals of 'Last Comic Standing' begin like a mega-arena wrestling match. There's flashing lights, a huge crowd and a deep-voiced announcer in the Alex Theater in Hollywood. It looks daunting on TV so it must be terrifying in real life.

Myq Kaplan is first. I turned away from my screen for a second but I know it's him because of his voice alone. He does a great joke about people getting tricked into buying books because authors put the movie actors on the cover and another about religion and the devil being gay. Listen, just do yourself a favor and go look him up. I'm not going to be able to explain it to you here and that's what YouTube is for. (Right after his set, my mom texted me: "Mike Kaplan is funny!" so someone has a crush...)

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Odd Ventriloquist, Other Winners on 'Last Comic Standing' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 29th 2010 7:48AM
Odd Ventriloquism on 'Last Comic Standing'In part one of the semifinals on 'Last Comic Standing' (Mon., 9PM ET on NBC), five comics made it to the next round. They're all in this clip, including one who offered some ventriloquism as you've (surely) never seen it before.

While the sole comedienne moving on to the next round talked about sex, the guys addressed other topics. One joked about bulimia: "I met a girl recently. I said, 'Let's go have dinner.' She said, 'Well, I'm bulimic.' I said, 'Well how come you don't have an accent?'"

Another comedian talked about marketing books for movie fans, and one guy made some valid points about riding buses.

So, do you agree with the judges' decision?

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'Last Comic Standing' - 'NYC Auditions Part Two' Recap

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jun 22nd 2010 1:40PM
Ryan HamiltonLast night, the show was back in the Big Apple for the second night of auditions at Gotham Comedy Club.

The comics that go through are the last of the 36 comedians to make it to the semi-finals this season.

Jerry Rocha, from Dallas, is the first comedian up.

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Chris Rock's Brother Jordan Auditions on 'Last Comic Standing' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 22nd 2010 4:40AM
Chris Rock's Brother on 'Last Comic Standing'The judges tried to take Jordan's comedy at face value on 'Last Comic Standing' (Mon., 9PM ET on NBC). But the comparisons are sure to occur when you are the little brother of successful comedian Chris Rock. "People think that you're just getting on stage because you're Chris Rock's brother," said Jordan.

Well, regardless of what they thought of him, his comedy ... not so much. He was told "the material didn't resonate" and "you're still new." Yeah, he's only 19 years old.

Check out the video to hear his jokes and make up your own mind.

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'Last Comic Standing' - 'NYC Auditions Part One' Recap

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jun 15th 2010 12:00PM
Last Comic Standing(S07E02) Welcome to the second of three audition episodes for 'Last Comic Standing' (I lied last week when I said there were only two.) This week, the judges -- established comics Greg Giraldo, Andy Kindler and Natasha Leggero -- scour the East Coast for comedians to compete in the "Showcase" at NYC's Gotham Comedy Club, and for a chance to battle in the semi-finals against the Los Angeles comics.

Let's dive right in and ignore this weird opening bit where host Craig Robinson plays keyboard while the judges dance. It's really unnecessary.

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Quitting Your Job and Chasing Your Dreams on 'Last Comic Standing' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 15th 2010 1:00AM
Quitting Your Job and Chasing Your Dreams on 'Last Comic Standing'America! It's the land of endless opportunity, where anything can happen. Well, either that, or it's the land of strip malls and trailer parks. Or it's the land of bald eagles and Mount Rushmore. Or maybe our fine country is some crazy mix of all of these. Who knows, really?

But for Jamie Lee's sake, let's hope that the USA is the land of opportunity. Because contestant Jamie Lee has quit her high-paying job ... in order to chase her dream of becoming a professional stand-up comedian. And on 'Last Comic Standing' (Mon., 9PM ET on NBC), we get to see how this all plays out for her.

Many people have come to the show to audition. (Including some truly awful comics who dress up as clowns or who use ventriloquist dummies -- which is never a good idea). But only Jamie Lee has given up a whole career in order to try out as a comedian.

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A Talking Dog on 'Last Comic Standing' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 8th 2010 1:50AM
A Talking Dog on 'Last Comic Standing'A talking dog! The whole world loves a talking dog. And that's what we get on 'Last Comic Standing' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC). But sadly, it's not a real talking dog. Yes, yes. We've been lied to so many times before. And yet we still hold out hope for the actual existence of a real talking dog. But it's probably never going to happen.

On the most recent episode of 'Last Comic,' one of the comedian hopefuls does a ventriloquist act with her dog, who is wearing a top hat and a bow tie. All of this goes about as well as you would expect it to. ... Which to say that the comedian girl doesn't end up making the cut on the show.

And later on, it turns out that it isn't even a ventriloquist act after all. Instead, there's just someone off-stage who is supplying the voice for the dog. Less and less impressive. Oh well. On the plus side, the dog is still wearing a bow tie and top hat. No, wait -- that's not actually a good thing, is it?

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'Last Comic Standing' - 'L.A. Auditions': Season 7 Premiere Recap

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jun 7th 2010 10:00PM

(S07E01) For stand-up comedians, NBC's 'Last Comic Standing' has the same "easy road" stigma that singers feel 'American Idol' has. The show even took a year long break before coming back for its seventh season. Former winners have been as hit-or-miss as those on 'Idol.' Revamped once again (the show is on its fifth host and an all-new judging panel), 'Last Comic' is back.

The two-hour premiere focused entirely on auditions at The Improv in Los Angeles. The judging panel -- with established comics Greg Giraldo, Natasha Leggero and Andy Kindler -- weed through comedians, all aiming for a spot on that night's showcase.

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ABC, NBC Announce Summer Premiere Dates

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 5th 2010 11:45AM
Ali FedotowskyABC has released the schedule for its sugary summer fare -- 'The Bachelorette,' 'True Beauty' and 'Wipeout' -- while NBC announced premiere dates for its own summer stand-bys: 'America's Got Talent' and 'Last Comic Standing.'

Ali Fedotowsky, the one-time frontrunner on the last 'Bachelor,' will now have the upper hand on finding love on 'The Bachelorette,' which premieres at 9PM ET on Mon., May 24 after the final performance show of 'Dancing with the Stars.' (More on the 'Bachelorette' announcement here.) On May 31, the program will move to 8PM and again serve as lead-in to 'True Beauty,' which kicks off at 10PM ET.

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Craig Robinson to Host 'Last Comic Standing'

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 26th 2010 6:29PM
Craig Robinson of 'The Office'Maybe it's because NBC needs programming, especially during the summer. Maybe it's because the network needed a companion to 'America's Got Talent.' But it does seem like 'Last Comic Standing' has become the 'According to Jim' of reality shows, doesn't it? The show just doesn't die, no matter how much NBC and its producers have tried to kill it.

The folks who brought us the genius idea of Jay Leno at 10PM has decided to resurrect 'Last Comic,' which they canned in 2008, for a summer run, according to Joe Adalian at The Wrap. Craig Robinson of 'The Office' and the forthcoming comedy flick 'Hot Tub Time Machine' has been tabbed to host.

At least the new host gives me hope for this new version. Robinson has a great comic presence, whether he's intimidating Michael Scott as warehouse foreman Darryl Philbin, or just doing his stand-up at a local club. He'll be funnier than Bill Bellamy and more confident than Anthony Clark, two of the show's previous hosts (Jay Mohr was the original host... and quite good).

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Craig Robinson to Host 'Last Comic Standing'

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 26th 2010 2:30PM
Craig RobinsonActor Craig Robinson will host the upcoming seventh season of NBC's 'Last Comic Standing' when it returns in the summer, according to an exclusive report from the Wrap.

NBC alternative programming chief Paul Telegdy confirmed the news today, saying, "He's a brilliant stand-up ... and someone we believe in as an NBC talent. We also think he's just funny as all get-out."

'Last Comic Standing' last aired in 2008 and was hosted by Bill Bellamy. Jay Mohr, the show's original host, ran the show for its first three seasons until it was canceled by NBC. The network later renewed the show under a new host, Anthony Clark.

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NBC in Talks to Bring Back 'Last Comic Standing'

by Chris Jordan, posted Dec 30th 2009 6:57PM
'Last Comic Standing,' the resume embellisher of nightclub comics everywhere, might be doing a double take.

NBC is in talks to bring the series back and Paul Telegdy, the network's head of reality programming, wants to have a new host and format changes, according to a report from Entertainment Weekly's Hollywood Insider.<

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ABC goes fast and funny

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 2nd 2009 10:07AM
ABCUsually I'm not a fan of reality television, but this new series has potential. ABC has ordered a new show called The Fast & the Funniest from two of the producers of Last Comic Standing.

This comedian competition would be different than Last Comic Standing because it would involve more travel and improvisation. It's easier to be funny when one is in a set location doing pre-rehearsed material. It's much harder when it's not known where the performance is and for whom.

Mind you, the description of the show is somewhat vague in the article. For all that is known, the show could be less like Last Comic Standing and more like Fear Factor. The competition could involve having the comedians eat bugs in the middle of the woods in Arkansas. Or possibly having them fight to the death with machetes. Or not.

Is there any comedian you'd like to see on this show? I vote for Jay Black.

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What's On Tonight: Bill Engvall Show, Flashpoint, Little League Baseball

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 7th 2008 4:02PM
  • Kathy GriffinAt 8, FOX has the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance.
  • CBS has a new Big Brother at 8.
  • NBC has a new Last Comic Standing at 8, then a new America's Got Talent.
  • Discovery Channel has two new episodes of Some Assembly Required at 8.
  • G4 has a new X-Play at 8.
  • Starting at 8:30, HGTV has new episodes of Myles of Style, Rate My Space, Extreme Living, and House Hunters.
  • At 9, TBS has two new episodes of The Bill Engvall Show, followed by a new My Boys.
  • ESPN2 has Little League Baseball at 9.
  • At 10, CBS has a new Flashpoint.
  • USA has a new Burn Notice at 10.
  • Comedy Central has a new Gong Show at 10, followed by a new Reality Bites Back.
  • There's a new Ace of Cakes on Food Network at 10.
  • History Channel has a new episode of The Works at 10.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has a new Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.
Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Modern Marvels, Hopkins, Burn Notice

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 31st 2008 4:04PM
  • Kathy GriffinTV Land has an Andy Griffith Show marathon tonight while CMT has a Scott Baio Is 46...And Pregnant marathon.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • NBC has a new, two hour Last Comic Standing at 8, followed by a new Fear Itself.
  • FOX has new episodes of Don't Forget The Lyrics and So You Think You Can Dance.
  • At 8:30, HGTV has a new Myles of Style, followed by new episodes of Rate My Space, Extreme Living, and House Hunters.
  • At 9, History Channel has a new Modern Marvels, then a new episode of The Works.
  • At 10, ABC has a the season finale of Hopkins.
  • CBS has a new Flashpoint at 10.
  • There's a new Burn Notice on USA at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Ace of Cakes at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List at 10.
  • Showtime has a new Penn & Teller's Bullshit at 10.
  • Also at 10: Comedy Central has a new Gong Show, then a new Reality Bites Back.
Check your local TV listings for more.

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