• Last Comic Standing renewed for ninth season, under Wanda Sykes’ leadership

    Wanda Sykes of Last Comic StandingNBC is pleased with Wanda Sykes’ revival of stand-up comedy competition series Last Comic Standing. The network renewed the reality show, along with America’s Got Talent and American Ninja Warrior, over the weekend. The series returned for an eighth season this summer amidst some skepticism with host JB Smoove after four years off air. The show was twice not renewed. Last Comic Standing faced controversy, low ratings and unoriginal Survivor-esque elements in its first seven seasons. This new incarnation with executive producer Sykes seems to understand that a comedy contest should rely not on gimmicks…but on the comedians. The quaint concept seems to be paying off for NBC. Last Comic Standing, with its panel of celebrity judges Russell Peters, Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans, is averaging 5.1 million viewers each week. For a comparison, American Ninja Warrior has drawn about 5.3 million people each week this summer and broad-spectrum talent show America’s Got Talent averages over 12 million viewers. This news is huge for comedians and comedy fans alike, knowing that a well-intentioned comedy showcase competition will be back around next year.

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