Last Comic Standing: Season 6, Episode 4

Alright, hopefully I will get this post finished the night the show airs for the first time. Maybe we can even make it a regular occurrence. I watch on Tivo, and tonight watching it mostly live made me realize how many commercials there are. So many! Also, the Incredible Hulk bugs during the show didn’t help with that problem. In any case, the comedy is probably worth the commercials, but if you don’t have a Tivo, I recommend it.

I don’t really understand the little box they put the comics in. I think they did it last season during the show for voting, but when they do it in the auditions nothing really funny ever happens in the booth. They show those short tiny montages but they are not very becoming, in my opinion. I think they should probably just drop it.

Okay, so this week we’re in Minneapolis first. Our judges are Kate Flannery and Brian Baumgartner from The Office. Did anyone else think that there was some sort of soft focus filter on the interviews with Kate Flannery? It was almost like a Barbara Walters thing. I found it jarring given how clear the comics are shown adjacent to the interview.

Dan Cummings made another vegetarian joke! He struck me at my very heart, talking about vegetarians who maybe sometimes cheat a little bit. Like the vegetarianism joke in Episode 2, I didn’t find it funny, but that doesn’t mean someone not offended by it wouldn’t. In any case, Cummings pretty much won me back at “Chocolate Squirrelador.” Maybe. We’ll see how he does in Vegas.

They ended up choosing three guys in Minneapolis. Is that the first time this happened? After next week’s final audition episode I’ll try to post a list of people going to Vegas so I can find out. As to who should have moved forward, while watching the episode and before they chose the winners here, I wrote down “Doug Mellard might win the whole thing. And I love his hair.” (These comedians and their MySpace!) I think I’m going to have to say that he should have moved through.

Then, we arrive in Nashville, where super-promoed judges George Wendt and John Ratzenberger preside over the scene. Some of the celebrity judges have a good rapport and others not too much. The Office actors in Minneapolis and the 30 Rock actors who presumably work together and know each other closely tended to have a better rapport, it seemed. You would think Norm and Cliff would have this also, but it seemed like it wasn’t really there. They may not have had time to show it, but the way they were hyping that pairing, I think they would have done so if they could have.

Mary Mack was so very cute! Is her accent real or is it a put-on? Either way it sells the act and I will root for her for quite some time if I can. It’s very strange, because all three of my favorite comedians from Nashville made it through and I don’t think that happened any other time. Erin Jackson, from my hometown of DC, was one and Dale Jones, with his high energy shrieking and bouncing off the walls, was the third. I was all ready to proclaim one of these people the comic who should have made it through. I had to go back and review who else was there to pick someone, which I think is a good sign. I’ll go with Pat Godwin. It was pretty bold that he could get to to the showcase solely by singing Bingo. And he deserved it, too!

There was only one duo this week, and it was, perhaps coincidentally, also the only act they decided to air that would have fit into their “worst auditions” sequence last week. Are Minneapolis and Nashville just behind the times? It seems like duos and trios are what’s fresh and new in the comedy world! It’s okay though, I’m down with the old school, especially when the judges choose correctly like they did here.

Next week is the international showcase! They’re actually pulling comics from countries where they speak other languages this year, which should be interesting. Last year, some of the best comics, including my pick for who should have won, Matt Kirshen, came from over the sea. I am looking forward to it!

All my last comic standing posts.

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3 Responses

  1. That IS Mary Mack’s real accent, but not her real name 😉

    She sounds exactly the way she did in college . . . and looks the same, too. Not fair.

  2. Just so you know, if you like Dan Cummings, you will love Demetri Martin (the comic who wrote and originally performed “his” material) Chocolate Squirrelador originally appeared on his stand up special “Person”

    Enjoy 🙂

  3. I love Demetri Martin!

    I shared a link to one of his videos on google reader.

    That’s quite a charge to make, theft of material!

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