Last Comic Standing: Plenty of Laughs; Worth a Watch
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Season 5 of Last Comic Standing started two weeks ago on NBC (Wedesdays at 9PM) and I completely missed it that first week. Lucky for me they replayed the first episode along with the second one the next week. I had never gotten into this show before despite always enjoying watching stand-up routines on Comedy Central, so I was sure if I’d really enjoy this or not. I was actually pleasantly surprised by how entertaining it was. All three judges come from past seasons of the show as actual contestants. I had never seen that before in any of these competition reality shows, but I think it worked out very well as each of them have very realistic expectations and understandings of the situation.


The comedians themselves were a mixed bag, of course. Thankfully they spent more time on the good ones, but were sure to pepper in there a few stinkers through the hour. The past could of episodes have focused on the recruitment process as the judges go from city to city looking to build up this season’s cast. Last week was very international as they hit the U.S., Canada, and Australia all in one hour. At each stop you get to watch the open mic in the morning which filters down to the returning comedians for that night. During the night routines it’s pretty obvious who is going to make it as they keep showing you the same people over and over. So when it comes down to handing out the red “on to the next stage” envelopes if you don’t recognize a face in the group, it’s a safe bet you won’t see them again.

There were a few comedians that I was really surprised didn’t make it along, but I’m sure that’s how it always goes. One guy that surprisingly made it was dressed up in a gorilla suit as “Mel Silverback.” The idea was cute and his jokes were funny, but obviously he’s got a theme going. Here’s the problem, how can you do an entire season in a full body suit? Even if he gets famous no one will know who he is without his whole suit on. Bad idea. But then there was the girl who talked about teaching herself sign language for things she could never use like, “I’m here behind this wall,” and “That’s how I lost my hands.” She was really funny, but didn’t make it. Hopefully she’ll get another shot next year.

Check out the video below and see if it’s something you’d enjoy. The comedians were actually better than the clip below last week, so hopefully they’re getting even better each week. If you like stand-up then I think you’ll like this show. Give it a try. It’ll be on tonight (Wednesdays) at 9PM on NBC.



Written by: Matt
Posted on: Wednesday, June 27, 2007

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