“Last Comic Standing” premiere was very, very good

The judges of NBC’s 2014 “Last Comic Standing”: Russell Peters, Roseann Barr, Keenan Ivory Wayans

As an sort-of alumnus of “Last Comic Standing” (Season 5, Episode 7) where I was actually paid scale for being one of several persons the comedians had to make laugh in order to get votes to advance (I am still getting residuals; the last check was for 8 cents after taxes), I wanted to see if the new version of LCS would be actual comedy and not just a series of quick lines intended to shock a snort from audiences. (If you recall, the one comic was so gross that I made the sign of the cross over him as he walked out of the room and he got voted off the next week. Too bad he didn’t think I was a real nun.)

I give last night’s premiere of Last Comic Standing a 9 out of 10. I actually laughed and most of the comics were hilarious and never crude or slimy, well, maybe a little here and there, but over all it was a very funny show.

Don’t worry. I am not naive. The opening week may have been the best and most honest comedy that we are going to see from the 14 who made it to the semi-finals. But I hope not; I hope they will continue to make us really laugh.

I like all of them (except the one who wasted time). Here’s my favorite: Jimmy Schubert – because he explored the ethical quandary of making – and eating – a chicken omelet.


Jimmy Schubert on “Last Comic Standing” premiere

You can see his set here: Jimmy Schubert

I’m still laughing. I am dedicating this post to all people who raise chickens and gather their eggs (my sister in northern California and the local Jesuit community especially).