Season 6, Episode 8: Last Comic Standing Results

If you missed last night’s “Last Comic Standing”, don’t fret too much, because you didn’t miss much. The show was drawn and tiring. The final face-off was OK, drawing the occasional laugh, but overall, just not too funny.

Bill Bellamy, the talented host, is always energetic and a great cheerleader for the show, but he can’t carry it by himself. He needs a bit of good humor from the contestants.

If you want to see how exceptional Bill is as a talent, check this out… It is reverse racism, which I find black comics abuse, but it is funny and in good humor.

Last week, if you recall, Esther Ku and God’s Pottery were eliminated for calling out Iliza Shlesinger, who got over 60% of the vote with what seemed like a mediocre performance. Iliza drew in the audience well enough to garner votes well in excess of the differential between her and Ku. God’s Pottery came up short being too limited in their humor. They have a niche, but it is too narrow. It is akin to “Alter Boys” off broadway, amusing for a short period, but getting old really fast and leaving the audience looking for the nearest exit.

This week, though, Iliza may have shown why she won last week. This week it came down to Paul Foot, Iliza and Papa CJ. And this week, Iliza went second, not last, giving the advantage to the Indian comic, Papa CJ.

It started off with Paul Foot. You had to feel sorry for him. He seemed so nervous about his material and being on television. He got the audience laughing, but he was real slow to start. His first joke seemed to go on forever. And his best joke was that a living room is the place we go to die because we can’t hang out in the hallway or bathroom. It was humorous, but not of the quality it would take for the first person to win the face off.

Then, Iliza (who now has first name status, huge advantage) came on. The comics did not vote her into the face-off this week. She was called in by Papa CJ to get revenge on her for voting for him the week prior. Now, this is a stupid tactic. Iliza should have been avoided. She just won the week before. She was on a roll and the audience was already familiar with her. Plus…she was in her element. She is an American comic that lives in the western US totally at home in LA. This was not the time to test her again after she just sent Ku packing, who, in our opinion, is better than Papa CJ or John Foot.

Well, Iliza is clever. She used specific jokes to get the audience to identify with her. For example, she used the video game “Oregon Trail” to draw people in because she knew many would have played the game.   This got a the bulk of the audience into the act, which demonstrates that Iliza knows how to lead an audience.

What became most evident about her in this performance is how she uses her body to perform. In last week’s performance, it was not as apparent, perhaps because she did not want to play that card against Ku, who is much cuter. But in this performance, she wore a very low cut blouse and did over a dozen frontal dips for the audience to make sure she gave the best view inside.  It was her ace in the hole, her major differentiation and her best physical feature. She used it well.

Papa CJ came out last and was funny at first. But he tried too hard, centering on one black man in the audience to heckle. At first, the participant seemed to think it was funny, but after jokes about gay sexual relations with the man and a number of jokes that went too far, Papa CJ commented that if the guy didn’t like it, he didn’t care because he was from the land of the Kama Sutra and could screw him in more ways than he knew. Offensive and not funny; something that was apparent on the face of the man he heckled.

Papa CJ also made a major blunder. He not only used a lewd premise for his piece, but much of it was censored. Beep. Beep. Beeeeeeeep. That made it less funny and the black man he chose to heckle obviously laughed less and less during the performance making Papa look a bit the fool.

So, at the end of the day, Iliza won again. Two competitions in a row!! With over 60% of the vote!!! Now, even if her cleavage flashing helped, even if her “home team” status helped, and even if in the first week she got to go last helped…that is impressive!! She took out FOUR COMICS!!!! In TWO WEEKS!!!! Actually, she took out five because one of the acts was God’s Pottery last week, and they are a duo.

Iliza is a gal to be reckoned with. She is sexy in a subtle way, and she also has a way of drawing in the audience. The guys, who looked real nervous as Iliza did it again, likely won’t be calling her into the ring again any time soon.

Point, set, and match to Iliza…the winner by a pair. Hair? Uh…Whoops.

The Amazing Race RoundUp

Amazing Race on CBS


Created by
Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster

Presented by Phil Keoghan

Theme music composer John M. Keane
Composer(s) Mark Phillips
Erik Aho
Dan Beyer
Christopher Holden

Running time 42 minutes

Original channel CBS

Original run September 5, 2001 – present

Premise: An American multiple award-winning TV reality adventure game show; Select the team of two or four among the competitors to win $1 million grand prize.

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Last Comic Standing RoundUp

Created by Peter Engel

Presented by Jay Mohr (Seasons 1-3)
Anthony Clark (Season 4)
Bill Bellamy (Seasons 5-6)

Running time 60 minutes (including commercials)

Original channel NBC

Original run June 1, 2003 – present

Premise: An American reality talent competition; Select a comedian among the roster to win $250,000 grand prize, including an exclusive talent deal with NBC.

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L ast Comic Standing brings up the rear on our list of favorites. It was a big favorite of ours in the first two years, but last year they seem to be stretching the fabric of humor. Last year was a disaster, with promising talent after promising talent ignored while boring acts were consistently chosen by the judges who appeared to never laugh as they picked the people they wished to torture us with. There was one true talent in the group, Lavelle Crawford, and he made it to the finals with such hysterical lines as “Why are you breathing that heavy?” “So I can live!! What Kind of Stupid Question is That?” And did he win? No. It was a joke. I guess that is appropriate for a Comedy show though.

Funny KuThis year, they have stepped it up.  The talent appears to be much better, but the recent elimination of Esther Ku tells me that the biggest reason someone does not win in this show, and in many other reality shows involving performances, is he or she had to go first.  The last performance always always seems to garner the most votes.  And the first elimination show of this season was no exception, the first act went home while the final act garnered the most votes, when there was little difference in the quality of the performances.  In fact, I laughed more at the first.  But people’s memories are short, and that is why, as Alonzo Bodden said, we invented instant replay, “Because we can’t remember something we just saw five seconds ago.”

The show should also have more performance competition and less hype.  Allowing the contestants to vote off other contestants forcing them to go into elimination just makes it mean spirited.  I would rather see more of a face off of the talents like on American Idol.  And the viewing audience does not get to vote at all.  They leave it to the live audience, perhaps leaving their viewers a bit detached.

That said, winners like Josh Blue, Alonzo Bodden and Dat Phan have made me laugh more at a television comic than even the professionals making millions touring.  There are times I am nearly in tears laughing at this show.  So, if they continue to step up the talent, and the judges can continue to pick winners like they did this year, this could move up on our list.

Season 4: So You Think You Can Dance Top 10 Results Recap

Hopefully, you watched last night’s elimination round of “So You Think You Can Dance”.  The show was awe inspiring, well, for the most part. The all member dance was great as usual, well choreographed and right on target with the audience.

For the men only piece, one of the judges choreographed a prize-winning set that was sheer entertainment.  How these five men can dance a complicated dance performance like this as well as they did, while rehearsing their solos and competition dances is beyond comprehension.  Nigel Lythgoe outdid himself choreographing this movement, although he admitted he did have some help.

The women’s only dance was boring and slow.  Tired makeup made the girls look drawn and unappealing, and the dance was difficult to grasp, conveying little meaning or value.

Now let’s talk about the prior night and the results of the voting…
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