• Tommy Ryman named Best of Midwest at Gilda’s LaughFest (Review)

    GRAND RAPIDS — Minnesota comedian Tommy Ryman was crowned Best of the Midwest — and was handed a check for $2,500 — late last night here as he edged out nine other comedians in what has become an annual highlight of Gilda’s LaughFest, now in its fifth year. A semifinalist during the most recent season of Last Comic Standing, the bespectacled,  buttoned-down Ryman presented a near perfect mix of unassuming

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    Iliza Shlesinger snags ‘Forever 31’ deal with ABC

    Iliza Shlesinger, who’s profile has risen dramatically over the past few years, has been tapped by ABC to develop a series titled Forever 31, based on the comedian’s life as a touring comedian. Shlesinger, who will turn 32 in February, will write the script and co-executive produce while former Sex And The City scribe Cindy Chupak will supervise. Last year Shlesinger released her stellar hour-long comedy special War Paint via

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    Watch Randy Liedtke’s bizarrely hilarious set on Late Night with Seth Meyers

    Continuing on his wave of recent shine, stand-up comedian Randy Liedtke had a stellar and altogether nonsensical set on Late Night With Seth Meyers. Liedtke is a great stand-up in his own right, but is more well known as the guy who posed as a Pace Picante Salsa employee, created and commandeered their Twitter page, and ultimately managed to prank fellow comedian Kyle Kinane last year. And let’s not forget

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    Last Comic Standing winner is Rod Man!

    After 13 emotional and action packed episodes of Last Comic Standing, comedians Lachlan Patterson, Rod Man and Nikki Carr were left to battle it out for the title of Last Comic Standing, $250,000, an NBC talent deal and a half-hour scripted development deal with Universal Television. In the end, judges Roseanne Barr, Russell Peters and Keenen Ivory Wayans decided Rod Man was the best rising comedian in the United States.

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

    NBC 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

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    Last Comic Standing’s Mike Vecchione talks new album, the comedy grind, more (Interview)

    If you were sitting in a comedy club and saw Mike Vecchione get on stage without knowing anything about him, you’d think that a cop or a firefighter quit the force to do comedy. You might expect a “tough guy” voice or maybe something akin to a former frat guy telling you the funny ways to chug a beer. So the shock that your average audience member might experience hearing

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    Last Comic Standing’s Roseanne tells comedian Ben Kronberg ‘go f*ck yourself’ and viral hashtag begins!

    During the season eight premiere of NBC’s Last Comic Standing on Thursday night, Roseanne told comedian Ben Kronberg to go f*ck himself. But we can’t look at the moment in a vacuum. Roseanne’s comment came after Kronberg stood onstage for more than 30 seconds without starting his act. Finally Kronberg broke the awkward silence, addressing the Last Comic Standing audience with, “What, like you guys start working right when you

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    NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ off to great start, first semi-finalists announced

    With judges Russell Peters, Roseanne and Keenen Ivory Wayans and host JB Smoove, Last Comic Standing made its triumphant return last night to NBC. And this time, with the guidance of executive producer Wanda Sykes, Last Comic Standing is being done right. In year’s past NBC went to great lengths in order to perpetuate the idea that all of the comedians participating were “up and coming,” whether they were in

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    Theo Von talks ‘Deal With It’ on TBS, selling guinea pigs, finding a wife (Laughspin Interview)

    Theo Von is the human embodiment of a small town success story. Born Theodor Capitani Vonkurnatowski in Convington, Louisiana (about 45 minutes north of New Orleans), the 34-year-old comedian began slinging jokes at a local coffee shop in 2003, driving 40 minutes just to perform seven minutes worth of material. “It was just a bunch of young guys trying to tell jokes, Von tells Laughspin. “I was all fired up.”

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    Last Comic Standing strike, 15 editors walk out, demand union contract with health benefits and pension

    Last Comic Standing will make it’s triumphant return May 22 on NBC— unless, of course, an editors strike totally derails the network’s plans. Deadline.com is reporting that approximately 15 editors and assistant editors walked off the job today, part of a strike spearheaded by the Motion Picture Editors Guild, Local 700. “Hired by NBC Studios on a non-union basis, the editors are seeking a union contract that includes industry-standard health

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    Watch: NBC’s Last Comic Standing first preview features JB Smoove and comedians you should know

    NBC’s Last Comic Standing is slotted to return for its ninth season next month with new hosts, new judges and a new format. And the first teaser trailer  was just released! Executive producer Wanda Sykes has taken hold of the twice-cancelled stand-up comedy competition show. Comedian J.B. Smoove (pictured to the right) takes over hosting duties this summer when the show premieres on Thursday, May 22. The 40-second preview video

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    Roseanne, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Russell Peters named Last Comic Standing judges

    Executive producer Wanda Sykes and her team have locked up their celebrity judges and premiere date for the upcoming season of Last Comic Standing. The 13-episode eighth season premieres on May 22 for two hours at 9 pm EST, airing for one hour at 10 pm in following weeks. Comedian J.B. Smoove will take over hosting duties each week on the nationally-televised stand-up comedy competition. Sticking to the standard three-person

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    Drastic changes coming to Last Comic Standing on NBC (Exclusive)

    Back in November, we told you that NBC is bringing back Last Comic Standing and that Wanda Sykes will serve as executive producer. The news sparked much debate about whether or not this was good news or not. The stand-up comedy competition show, seen as the American Idol of stand-up, faced controversy during its 7-season run from 2003-2010. Although they accepted open call auditions from literally anyone who wanted to

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    NBC is bringing back Last Comic Standing, Wanda Sykes will be executive producer

    NBC is reviving their stand-up comedy competition show Last Comic Standing for an 8th season, Variety just reported. Although no host as yet been announced, the network has slated the show for a summer 2014 return. The show last aired int he summer of 2010 when comedian Felipe Esparza won. Due to less-than-exciting ratings, the network opted to not renew it for an eighth season that year. LCS was originally

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    The Laughspin interview with Felipe Esparza

    You likely know Felipe Esparza as the dude who won it all in August, 2010 on what was likely the last season of Last Comic Standing ever. He was in great company, as the final five comedians were Tommy Johnagin, Roy Wood Jr., Myq Kaplan and the late Mike DeStefano. In winning, he grabbed $250,000 and a talent deal with NBC. Perhaps most importantly, however, his visibility rose tremendously. And

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