After six seasons and 59 episodes, NBC laid to rest its hit or miss reality television series Last Comic Standing. This was a show that showed potential but never really took off. It was just there. Sometimes funny, most of the time corny and dragging. Comedy is hard. Finding great original material is harder. How can it compete with American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance or Dancing With the Stars?
Not sure if this is temporary or if they’re planning a comeback in the near future. For now the show is officially canceled and will not be going back for Season 7. That makes Iliza Shlesinger, the “Last Comic Standing” indeed!
The show was created and produced by Peter Engel. Hosts included Jay Mohr (Seasons 1-3), Anthony Clark (Season 4), Bill Bellamy (Seasons 5-6) and British TV host Fearne Cotton (Season 6)
Ant’s Last Rants and he couldn’t have shown it best through the clips why the show had to end… (bet he didn’t know at the time this was going to be his last episode!)
So Iliza wins, and we are scratching our heads trying to figure out what it was she performed in the final competition that actually made anyone laugh. We didn’t even chuckle. We have found much funnier material on the wall in a public restroom….along with Iliza’s phone number. Ooops!
Fortunately, there are so many artists this show has access to. We recommended you watch this finale, because they always bring out their best talent, and it will be the best show of the season. Let’s DO IT!!!! And Now For the…SHOW
OK, we expect some filler, and it is almost always at the beginning of the show, so we will not waste your time with the nonsense promotional filler at the start that seemed more like bad opera with confetti.
As we decided to think what could be special about this show, the first thing that struck us was, what would keep people away from the clicker. Do you know what show was opposite Last Comic? The season finale of one of the most popular shows on television!!! So You Think You Can Dance!!
So what does Last Comic do to compensate? They employ a brand new co-host, Fearne Cotton. Now this proves these guys have a HUGE sense of humor. This is way, way more than coincidence. Fearne has an Aussie like accent, blond hair, and a nose that looks like it is broken!! Wow, who could they be mocking? Is her first name Cat? Inquiring minds want to know.
Fearne is actually from England and is primarily popular in her home country. We believe this is her first job on American TV, and her coincidental Cat-like features are no coincidence. This is satire at its best.
The show breaks into a super corny segment on Louis who masters the joke toss by throwing a rubber chicken. Honestly, the commercials that followed were funnier.
Then they do an Olympic cameo on Iliza as well as she misses the horse. She comments that her hair is best when it smells like grease. OK, Iliza. That was funny. Yawn.
They bring on Joe Mchale. His first joke? “I am blacker than Willard?” Wow. They then cameo Jim Tavare in the cemetery. OK. That is original. He already made the joke folks, about two weeks ago.
Then they show Sean’s bomb with the Playboy trio. The comment was that Sean’s first mistake was to not explain to the trio what a book was. Now, this trio played dumb for the camera, but in our review, we clearly indicated, these gals are just the opposite. They are beautiful, and they are built like a dream, but they probably have read more books in the past week than Joe McHale has in his lifetime.
Joe reminded us that Iliza has a bod. First he used a quote from Papa CJ, that she had used up all her best stuff. Then they showed scene after scene of Iliza in less and less clothing. If you add black high heeled clogs to the gal, you know how she got started on the Las Vegas strip.
Next was a series of foolish cameos not worth wasting your time. We won’t. TGFFF. (Thank God for Fast Forward!).
Next was a really stupid set on Jeff Dye as a Comedy Ninja. Wow. We have been watching a solid 16 minutes of the show and the only funny stuff was in the commercials.
We began to think we should go into comedy. A ten year old could write better material than this. If America is laughing at it, there has to be a market for it.
The remaining cameos were just as idiotic. So we will not waste your time.
They then reflected on John Reep, who won last year’s competition. He says the amount of exposure “made his life”. He managed to make a film and it was great, for him. Certainly it landed him into the occasional comedy show as well. The audience applauds. The fact that John won last year exemplifies everything wrong with this show. He is not funny. Could we be losing our sense of humor? There were standard flashes to the audience laughing. We are guessing someone was tickling them under their chairs. They say delivery is everything, we are hoping they deliver John somewhere else. There are so many great comics discovered on this show and we would have loved to see them. They gave us their worst.
TGFFF. We are now into 30 minutes of a 90 minute show and have not even grinned.
Now, a puppet comes on, a dog that informs the comics that they have the chance to be like other prior comics on the show. He says that John Heffron, a prior winner, has a new opening line, “Welcome to Burger King, how can I help you?” OK, now we have a puppet making us laugh; sad it is likely the truth. The puppet exclaims, “This is big, the winner gets a deal with NBC…which means you will have the chance to NOT be seen by America twice”. Again, a big laugh. Great job. Some writing!!
The rest was corny, but this dog puppet should have been awarded the 250K prize. He was the best we have seen in the show.
So we go to elimination one. And the first comic to go down was Louis Ramey. He really blew it with his racist jokes. You just can’t get away with that. He was so great the week before, and he blew it making fun of whites in front of whites. Our pollsters were right on, selecting Louis as “The worst comic standing“.
They then get the presidential candidates to do a cameo face-off. Funny stuff. McCain won!! And Obama was a close second. For some reason, no one else was in the competition.
Then introduced Jon Lovitz. ‘Do you want to live in a world without Halle Berry?’ No, Jon, but a world without you wouldn’t be bad. He then actually got a funny line out. He asked if the audience was concerned by Obama’s lack of experience. He quipped, “OK, I want to be a pilot. I have had two lessons. Want to go flying?” He then tells us that you can’t have a sense of humor and be dumb. He ought to check with his writers. Beaten by a dog puppet!! TGFFF.
Time for the next elimination. Jim Tavare. How stupid can this show get? You would vote out Jim Tavare and keep Jeff Dye and Marcus after their pathetic performances last week? OK, now we have to figure the average person that voted hasn’t even seen the show or hasn’t laughed in 15 years, so has no idea what funny is!! Jim Tavare killed it last week. Home team advantage maybe??? It was the only logical explanation.
In retrospect, this was a clever time for the show to cut out Jim Tavare, because they let the last three remaining comics perform, and if Jim was included, he would have wiped the floor with the remaining 3. You could tell as Iliza stepped up, the audience was cheering here. She actually said something funny!! Oh my. She said the biggest challenge to young people today is old people. This in front of one of the hosts that is 73 years old. Jeff Dye was brilliant when he was asked what he would bring to a desert island. He said he would bring “Salt Water, coconuts and sand.” We were speechless, but not because we were laughing. Clearly, Jeff was preparing for starring on the new show, “I am vastly more stupid than a 5th grader”.
After an hour, a full hour of the championship show, two chuckles. TGFFF.
The show finally did something smart. They killed off Jeff Dye. Thank heavens!!!
They then had Iliza come on for a set. The audience loves her. We have no idea what is funny about her. She says give it up for Jeff Dye and they flash to the audience laughing. Are these comedy zombies? She hasn’t even started her act and these folks are laughing? “We don’t need more lotion companies, we don’t need more Energy Drink Companies, we don’t need anymore companies…with shirts with the Old English Font”. There had to be something funny in there somewhere. Please, someone post us and tell us what it was!! TGFFF.
OK, time for Marcus to redeem himself from last night. He mentions that he is the dude that gets on the plane and he is the one that you hope does not sit next to you. Pretty funny. The rest of the set said it all, Marcus ran out of material.
And the entire reason for getting Jim Tavare out of here before these sets is we may have actually laughed at something!!!
Then the end. They give the prize to Iliza and we went to bed. We always hate to laugh before bed, so this was the best show to watch if you have that same problem.
This show was sad. The winner was all wrong. But at least they awarded her an SUV!! With gas prices the way they are, the joke was on her!!