These….are your Last Comics Standing!Posted by BRADY in Last Comic Standing
July 12th, 2010, 04:56 PM
Ok, these are actually the judges and the host.
After several weeks of tryouts and semi-finals the Last Comic Standing top ten have been chosen and the actual competition can begin tonight! But the fact that they actually chose 10 pretty funny(and a couple really funny) comedians this year isn’t the only change. No, the show has been completely revamped and will be barely recognizable to fans of seasons past.
Before the show was never really unable to pin down what it wanted to be. A talent search to find comedians? A Big Brother type show to watch professional funny people live in a house together? A competition program to force comedians into awkward and sometimes humiliating challenges that have little to do with actual stand-up comedy? All 3! The way the old seasons worked actually sounds like a parody written by comedy writers, but unfortunately it was just the typically awful, convoluted nonsense that defines most reality TV. After 10 comedians were selected by rotating judges they would have to go live in a house (or, for no real reason one season, a boat) and would take part in a challenge each episode. Whoever won that got immunity. Then all the comedians voted by declaring themselves funnier than someone. Whoever got the most votes got to pick out two comedians to compete against. But they could only choose comedians who voted for them. Confused yet? From there the 3 comedians would perform and the audience in the theater (it wasn’t shown live) would vote. Then, in the final weeks, the viewing audience could finally call in to vote on what comics were left and choose the winner.
This season? It will apparently be American Idol, but with comedians. How simple is that? 10 performances, a host, 3 judges. A format we can all understand! And with Craig Robinson hosting, Andy Kindler, Natasha Leggero and Greg Giraldo judging, and 10 professional comics competing, we can hopefully expect better results show banter than Ryan Seacrest awkwardly trying to get contestants to cry. Though, to be fair, I don’t think anything that happens on this show will be funnier than Ryan Seacrest trying to high-five a blind contestant. Come on, Ryan! Rookie mistake! Don’t make them bring back Dunkleman!
The only problem I can see with this new format is that it forces comics to perform a new set every week, which hurts anyone with very little material. Though if you are in the finals of Last Comic Standing you better have a few hours of solid material ready to go. No joke repeats!
My pick to win right now? James Adomian. He does impressions (which people love), but unlike most impressionists actually goes beyond a good voice with hilarious and unique material. Then again, none of my picks for this show have ever made it past the top 6. America and I just don’t agree on what’s funny. So enjoy James on the show while you can! Here he is on the semi-finals, doing some jokes, impersonating the judges and doing impressions by request: