SYTYCD 6 Season Premiere Philip Attmore, Ryan Kasprzak and Bianca Revels bring back Tap dancing in LA Auditions!

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Ryan Kasprzak, 29 Astoria, NY and Bianca Revels, 20 Los Angeles, CA are back to audition for So You Think You can Dance Season 6. They were so close to making it to Top 20 last season. We’ll see how far they go this year! This audition segment is so staged but still a great tap performance from the two as they battle it out or as Ryan corrected, “trade” (trading) it out.

Another tap dancer SYTYCD 6 hopeful is Philip Attmore, 25 from Los Angeles, CA who used to tour together and roommates with Ryan Kasprzak in the production Fosse. He has a shot and is going to Vegas for the next round. Music: “Almost Like Being in Love” Nat King Cole

SYTYCD 6 Season Premiere Mollee Gray in Los Angeles Auditions

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Mollee Gray, 18 from Upland, CA auditions in Los Angeles. She gets a ticket to Las Vegas for the next round of competition!
Music: “Take a Look At Me Now (Against All Odds)” The Postal Service

2nd Chance to Audition. SYTYCD Doubles Down with Summer and Fall Shows!

Season 5 just premiered May 21st but So You Think You Can Dance announces its new season coming this Fall! Does this mean Fox is out to compete with ABC’s Dancing with the Stars’ Fall shows? It is going to be an interesting battle.

UPDATE: We just caught this on Nigel’s Twitter:

“The reason SYTYCD is following itself in September is Fox wants to move it to Fall so next year you will only get 1 Season.”

Oh boy, and we were so happy with the thought that there’ll be 2 seasons each year! I guess it would be too taxing for everyone on the show especially the choreographers if they have to create new original choreographies for 2 seasons. That clears it though. Next year, SYTYCD will be in the Fall. How are they doing the tour though? in the Spring?

For those who missed out on the casting call for this season’s SYTYCD, here’s your shot to becoming America’s Favorite Dancer.

Put on those dancing shoes or go bare! Hit any of these audition venues near you. Season 6 shows will air in the Fall.

AUDITION SCHEDULE* Doors open at 8:00am. Be prepared to stay for an extra TWO DAYS for potential callbacks.


So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 Auditions Preview

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Boston, MA THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009 Hyatt Regency Boston One Avenue de Lafayette Boston, MA 02111

Atlanta, GA MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2009 Woodruff Arts Center 1280 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309

Los Angeles, CA FRIDAY, June 12, 2009 The Orpheum Theatre 842 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90014

Salt Lake City, UT FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009 Rose Wagner Performing Arts Ctr 138 West Broadway (300 South) Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Phoenix, AZ FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2009 Phoenix Convention Center 33 South 3rd St. Phoenix, Az 85004

Additional Cities TBD

*Schedule subject to change.

Season 6 Finale: Iliza Stands Alone, But Was She Funny?

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.

Elimination 1

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.

Elimination 2

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.

Elimination 3

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!!!

Winner Announcement

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!!

Iliza Shlesinger IS The Season 6 Last Comic Standing!!

PLEASE FIND OUR REVIEW and RECAP HERE

Iliza, an audience favorite early on, managed to win the competition. In her first sets, especially her second on the show, we found her quite amusing. Not stellar, but good enough to send home the other comics. It was clear from our polls, and from just having a funny bone, that the true winner of this competition was Jim Tavare. Our polls had him winning by nearly 3-1 over Iliza. He had better sets, was more consistent and more professional.

We did express a concern last week was that Jim could lose the vote to one of the other four because the voters were primarily from America, and might vote in favor of the home team. It is a shame though, because America got beat hands down, and we voted through an act that just was not funny.

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Season 6, Episode 9: Last Comic Standing Recap and Prediction

Tonight’s “Last Comic Standing” was a huge improvement over last week. They brought the bulk of the comics to the audience for voting, like we hoped they would in our last article, and it was a great show!!

It started off with the comics discussing Iliza. It was obvious that if they were on the way to the cemetery again, they would not vote for her. As one comic put it, if she got into the showdown again and won, this would become a story about her instead of a competition.

But they had nothing to fear, because the change was on. Tonight there would be no cemetery. Tonight, everyone was fair game. Tonight, it would be up to the TV audience; a fair challenge to see who was best. Our kind of show!!

To get “immunity”, the comics were first challenged to bring laughter to a select group. In case you don’t know what “immunity” is, it means that the person that gets “immunity” does not have to compete that week and cannot be eliminated.

The first challenge was rather dumb and a waste of time. The cast went to a Sushi bar and did some comedy while cooking for Lady Body Builders, Deal or no Deal (a set of hot women, now isn’t that unfair to Iliza?), the frat boys of Sigma Chi (I think that is right) and a bunch of midgets.

This was boring and seemed to serve no purpose.There was no voting, and it appeared to just be filler. They had to make the show run two hours, and well, our best guess is that they ran out of material and used this to burn time. Yawn. No one was spectacular and this part of the show was totally forgettable. In fact, you can delete this paragraph.

But the next stop was interesting. The comics were loaded on the bus and carted off to what appeared to be a mansion. A beautiful estate with a pool swarming with…bikini-clad models. What could this be? Of course; the Playboy mansion.

Three hot Playboy models that have repeatedly adorned the front page of the most famous men’s magazine in history came down the stairs to meet the remaining cast of performers. And those men that were eliminated in prior weeks committed hari-kari immediately upon viewing this segment of the show. Esther, however, was not amused.

The task was to take a story line , make it into a fairy tale and tell it to the three models. The one that got the highest vote would get “immunity”.

You know, the performances were all pretty crappy. It is difficult to perform comedy to strangers on the spur of the moment, but one performer was head and shoulders above the rest. His advantage? Something comedians have used for eons to gain an advantage on stage. Something that allows them to wow an audience quickly and that is a great lead into other material. Something that even exploits the humor of other well-known performers. What could it be? Impersonations of course. And Marcus killed it.

What was funniest, though, was how dumb the three blonde models played through the entire set, leaving us thinking, “Wow, these really are three dumb blondes!!” Then, they came down with their selection and showed us all; nothing could be further from the truth. These ladies were far from dumb and they are living in that mansion for a reason. Well, right, multiple reasons, but one of them isn’t because they are dumb.

So, it came down to a showdown among the finalists. We will list each and rank them and you will be given a chance to pick your favorite and your least favorite.

1. Adam Hunter – Adam started off slow but got progressively better and had us laughing by the end of his set. He uses major facial expression and got a 7 out of 10 from us for his performance.

2. Iliza – The winner over the past two weeks was clever again, trying to draw in the audience, but this week, she wasn’t going to take out everyone. She got a ranking of 6 out of 10 from us, but did get a giggle or two.

3. Sean – Great performance by Sean. His initial lead-in was only fair, but when he broke into song, he had us in stitches. His facial expressions are priceless and the lyrics classic. We won’t repeat them here. You have to see the show. He took the lead with an 8 out of 10.

4. Jim Tavare – You know, Jim started real slow. He came on with a Bass Violin and led us down a merry path of boredom until he hit his stride and then had us laughing huge. One joke was “I went to a child psychiatrist; he was 8”. Delivery is everything and this guy brought it. 9 out of 10.

5. Jeff Dye – Cute for the ladies who obviously love this guy, but only a moderate performance. Got a couple of giggles out of us, but overall, 5 out of 10.

6. Ron G – Ron seemed to grab the audience, but we didn’t get it. Because he had the audience’s attention though, we gave him 7 out of 10.

7. Louis Ramey – Fantastic from the word go. One laugh after another. “I never go to book stores, because I have cable.” Or “Ladies, if a man ever tells you he wants to cover your entire body in honey and lick it off, you are looking at a man that has never tried it before”. 10 out of 10.

OK, so there you have it. The bottom for us was Jeff Dye. Just not funny. Iliza didn’t have a good week either, so she could go too. The top three that should garner the audience’s favor are Louis Ramey, Jim Tavare and Sean. Adam Hunter and Ron G could be at risk.

Now what else do we say? Katee will win this competition too?

Polls are now closed. Thank you.
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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.