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Thursday, June 19, 2008

"Last Comic Standing" provides plenty of laughs, groans and the occasional what-the-heck moment

With the lull of summer TV tempting us all -- seriously, I rewatched the sleep-inducing "Top Chef" finale last night because I was bored -- I'm happy to announce that at least Thursdays are safe from such pathetic behavior.

NBC's "Last Comic Standing" is a more-than decent replacement for "The Office" and "30 Rock" time slots. It's a weekly dose of stand-up comedy that far surpasses anything you'll find on those Friday night specials on Comedy Central with a bonus of seeing some of NBC's past and present comic stars who serve as the talent scout team (best pairing so far: Alfonso Ribeiro aka Carlton from "Fresh Prince" and Neil Flynn aka The Janitor from "Scrubs" -- also, what exactly HAS Ribeiro been doing since "Fresh Prince" ended? Anyone?).

The cross-country search is entertaining -- but often bizarre -- as the talent scouts vet the various crazies who believe they're the next Jim Gaffigan, Jerry Seinfeld or Ellen DeGeneres (or Ru Paul as the case sometimes is). As with "American Idol," the number of William Hung wannabees coming out of the woodwork can get annoying, but the producers do a decent job of editing those down to a blooper reel.

Tonight, "30 Rock" stars Lonny Ross and Keith Powell will head to Miami to hear the aspiring comics from all over the world. Some of the acts, according to Reality TV Magazine, include "Australian twins, an Englishman whose secret weapon is his double bass, and an Israeli comic who does an impression of a stuttering turtle."

Stuttering turtle? Awesome. Sign me up!

With the "Last Comic Standing" tour stopping at the Meyer Theater on Sept. 12 and at Milwaukee's Pabst Theater on Sept. 13, there's no better time than now to get acquainted with the cast and characters. Check it out tonight at 7:30 p.m. at NBC.

-- Malavika Jagannathan,



Did you watch?
Did you think "stuttering turtle" guy was funny?
Did you think the 30 Rock duo were too generous in putting some through to the evening?
Did you think the comedians from other countries were either really, really good, or really, really bad?
Did you think the British(?) guy who's had a fight with his wife for 11 years, 11 months and 2 weeks look like he was going to cry?

I love the show. Next to that model show where they make 40-plus women look like drag queens, it's definitely one of the funniest shows on right now, and definitely one of the best reality shows!

By Blogger Jim, At June 20, 2008 at 6:23 PM  

I thought "stuttering turtle" guy was hilarious for his "man having sex with a bat" bit. It was totally unexpected, yet strangely genius.

I'm glad the guy from India made it (no, I'm not biased) -- handling that heckler was a bold move, but he did it well.

The show needs to stop self-promoting so much, but it's not going to stop me from watching the semi-finals this week!

Any thoughts on whether acts like stuttering turtle dude -- which isn't exactly routine stand-up comedy -- should be included in the fray?


By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At June 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM  

haha that stuttering turtle made me weakkk
i love himm !

By Anonymous Anonymous, At June 24, 2008 at 9:55 PM  

Be biased if you like... "India Guy" (I still cant remember character names from my fav shows) is intelligent, funny - and did a great job with the heckler! I think he's one of the best in the competition.
I'll let you guys have "bat man". (turtle man?) Reminds me of Carrot Top a bit... there's no real flow. But, I view it like American Idol... country, rock, folk, overweight Lily Munster (sorry!)... it's not my favorite style of comedy, but I guess there's room for all of it... as long as it's funny.
A friend of mine had the same comments you did about the self-promotion... gmta, I guess. ;)

By Blogger Jim, At June 26, 2008 at 1:48 PM  

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