Counting Down to Finale: Is This Thing On?
S9 E8Web Exclusive09/09/152 min
America's most compelling comedy competition is back this summer when NBC's Emmy Award-nominated series "Last Comic Standing" returns with new judge Norm Macdonald alongside current judges and comedy icons Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans. Comedy Central roast veteran Anthony Jeselnik will join the fun as the new host of the eight-episode season.
"Last Comic Standing" resumes its search for the funniest comic in the country with its most accomplished panel of judges to date, surprise celebrity guests and a new riveting head-to-head phase of the competition. The season will open up with hilarious auditions by invitation only. The top 100 comics in America will vie for 40 spots. These 40 will then compete in a semifinal round, and the best of the best will emerge, with the top 10 moving into the compelling new head-to-head round. In this phase, the contestants will be paired in a high-stakes single-elimination round of stand-up standoffs.
The top five comedians will move on to the finals, where the funniest of all will take the coveted title of Last Comic Standing and win an incredible prize package worth $250,000, including a development deal for their own television show.
"Last Comic Standing" has a history of showcasing aspiring comics who go on to highly successful careers. Previous "LCS" contestants include Amy Schumer, who currently has her own series on Comedy Central, a huge stand-up following and a burgeoning film career; Cristela Alonzo, who has a self-titled sitcom on ABC; Iliza Shlesinger, whose "Freezing Hot" Netflix special recently premiered; Gabriel Iglesias, who consistently sells out venues across the country; "Late Show with David Letterman" favorite Tommy Johnagin, who will write and star in his own CBS pilot; and Fortune Feimster, a longtime writer for "Chelsea Lately" who will star in the ABC pilot "Family Fortune" from Executive Producer Tina Fey.
"Last Comic Standing" is executive produced by Wanda Sykes, Page Hurwitz and Javier Winnik. The series is produced by Universal Television and Push It Productions.