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NBC Renews 'Last Comic Standing' for Season 9

NBC announced yesterday that they're bringing back Last Comic Standing for another year. The long-running, on-again-off-again standup reality competition returned this summer after four years off the air, revamped with new host J.B. Smoove, producer Wanda Sykes, and an invite-only audition system. The show is currently in the midst of its eighth season, with seven comedians (Nikki Carr, Rocky LaPorte, Joe Machi, Rod Man, Monroe Martin, Karlous Miller, Lachlan Patterson) remaining. Season nine will premiere next summer.

Trying to Keep Up with the Unstoppable J.B. Smoove

J.B. Smoove is a force to be reckoned with. The quick-witted, high-energy standup, actor, and writer, known for his role as Leon on Curb Your Enthusiasm, has been running on all cylinders the last few years, appearing in memorable TV and movie roles and in his first special for Comedy Central. He currently stars on The Millers and Real Husbands of Hollywood and is the host of the new season of Last Comic Standing, which premieres tonight on NBC.

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Smoove about the new season of Last Comic, his love of standup, and his philosophy on work and play.

Here's a Trailer for the New Season of 'Last Comic Standing'

NBC is bringing reality competition Last Comic Standing back this summer, and here's a brand new trailer for the revamped show, featuring host J.B. Smoove, judges Russell Peters, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Roseanne, and bunch of standups.

Patton Oswalt Says 'Last Comic Standing' Is Bad for Comedians

"For a comedian, appearing on To Catch a Predator is a better career boost than Last Comic Standing."

-Patton Oswalt, tweeting about NBC's plans to bring back Last Comic Standing next summer.

Wanda Sykes and Seth Meyers Talk This Year's Invite-Only 'Last Comic Standing'

Comedian and producer of this year's revamped Last Comic Standing Wanda Sykes paid a visit to the Late Night desk last night, and she did a pretty great job explaining why the show is invite-only and does not use a viewer voting system like some other shows: "I don't trust America…America's gonna screw it up!"

Here Are the 100 Comedians Competing in the New Season of 'Last Comic Standing'

NBC's standup competition reality series Last Comic Standing returns to the airwaves Thursday after four years away, and The Comic's Comic has a full list of the 100 standups who are competing this time around. As previously reported, the new season did not feature open auditions, instead only relying on behind-the-scenes recommendations from agents and managers to pick the 100 comics who were invited. The comics this year include Aparna Nancherla, Mark Normand, Carmen Lynch, Drennon Davis, Guy Branum, and more. Check out the full list below:

Next Season of 'Last Comic Standing' Will Be Very Different

NBC's Last Comic Standing has long been a divisive topic among comedians, but it looks like the upcoming season, produced by Wanda Sykes, is aiming for a total revamping of the series. According to LaughSpin, the revival season set to air this summer is not holding open auditions to amateur comedians, instead relying on agents, managers, and behind-the-scenes recommendations while casting contestants. They're also reportedly planning to bring in "Ray Romano-level comedians" to serve as mentors for the contestants The Voice-style, but no names have yet been confirmed. Though they are considering comics from multiple cities, all auditions will take place in Los Angeles. While this is [...]

NBC Is Reviving 'Last Comic Standing' Again, Produced by Wanda Sykes

NBC is bringing Last Comic Standing back yet again. The network will be producing a new season of the standup comedy competition series set to air during the summer of 2014 and to be executive produced by Wanda Sykes, THR reports. This will be the eighth season of the show. A host has not yet been named. The last season aired in 2010.

Since it started its run in 2003, Last Comic Standing has only aired during the summer and has given exposure to comedians like Amy Schumer, Doug Benson, James Adomian, Gabriel Iglesias, and Todd Glass, all of whom competed at earlier points in their careers.

Watch Mark Normand, Guy Branum, Ben Kronberg, and More in the Season 8 Premiere of 'Last Comic Standing'

The revamped eighth season of Last Comic Standing premiered last night with host J.B. Smoove and judges Keenen Ivory Wayans, Roseanne Barr, and Russell Peters, and NBC has posted the episode online in full so you can check out the first batch of comics in the competition. Click through to see the results of the first two rounds.

Splitsider's Summer Comedy Preview: TV

Summer is typically an unusual season in the TV world, as all the broadcast series go on hiatus, cable networks air some cool stuff, and, as of late, the major networks do some weird experimental stuff that mostly doesn't end up working. This summer is no different, with cable favorites like Nathan For You, Louie (currently airing), and Comedy Bang! Bang! returning while NBC is bringing back Last Comic Standing and experimenting with a couple international comedies and Fox is debuting an improvised game show.

Check out our guide to the new and returning TV comedies set to debut throughout the next few months:

Is 'Last Comic Standing' Good or Bad for Comedians?

NBC recently announced that they're bringing back the standup competition series Last Comic Standing for another season for another season this summer with Wanda Sykes producing. Patton Oswalt immediately joked on Twitter that "For a comedian, appearing on To Catch a Predator is a better career boost than Last Comic Standing."

Ever since its first season aired in 2003, Last Comic Standing has had a complex reputation in the standup world. While treating comedy like a competition is odd and an overdramatic reality show is the sort of thing comedians would make fun of, Last Comic Standing still gave national exposure to many talented comedians while boosting their careers [...]

Talking with Taylor Williamson about Stand-up, His New Album, and Jokes vs. Storytelling

Los Angeles-based stand-up Taylor Williamson has been at it for nine years now, and he just put out his first comedy album, Laughter? I Hardly Know Her!, earlier this week. Since starting in comedy at age 17, Williamson has found a great deal of success, having performed on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, as a finalist on Last Comic Standing, and as the youngest stand-up ever on Craig Ferguson. His debut album, which presents an hour of Williamson's best material, is a great introduction to the comedian and his precisely-crafted jokes for those who aren't familiar with him, but it's also full of plenty of new stuff for hardcore [...]