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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.

truTV Orders a Sketch Comedy Show Starring The Lucas Brothers, Jermaine Fowler, and More

Reality show network truTV has greenlit its first-ever sketch comedy show. According to Deadline, the channel has ordered 10 episodes of Friends of the People, a blend of scripted sketches and man-on-the-street segments that will star The Lucas Brothers, Kevin Barnett (Guy Code), Josh Rabinowitz (I Just Want My Pants Back), and Jermaine Fowler, Jennifer Bartels, and Lil Rel Howery, who were attached to the In Living Color reboot. The cast will also write and executive produce (under Rabinowitz and Barnett as head writers), and The Pete Holmes Show's Neil Punsalan will serve as showrunner and director. Friends of the People is set to premiere on [...]

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 [...]

The Alternate Reality of 'Coolio’s Rules,' Coolio’s Short-Lived Reality Show

Somewhere around the mid-2000s, coincidentally the same time when every TV writer was fired and all good ideas were banished from the Earth, celebrity-based reality television, or Celebreality as VH1 forced everyone to call it, invaded television and all the networks were relieved to no longer call upon such burdens as story and character to sell ad time. NBC, of course, had The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice, with Donald Trump's “You’re fired”s serving as a perfect catchphrase for the economic meltdown on the horizon. Not to be outdone, ABC launched Dancing with the Stars, MTV had The Osbournes, and, the reigning overlords of Celebreality, VH1, struck gold The Surreal Life. And [...]

'Kroll Show's Second Season Evolves Into "Sketch-uational Comedy"

As far as character showcases go, it doesn't get much more elaborate than Kroll Show.

When Nick Kroll's sketch series on Comedy Central returned for its second season in January, it was clear that he had set his sights firmly on the pseudo-celebrity culture of reality television, with a lineup of characters inspired by the most despicable monsters that crawled out of the Jersey Shore and Real Housewives muck: the Guido womanizer Bobby Bottleservice, the psychopathic publicists of "PubLIZity," the man-child toilet-baby C-Czar, the self-destructively vain Rich Dicks, etc. But if the first season served to introduce the freakshow, the second season unleashed them out into [...]

'Kroll Show' Season 2: Good TV Making Fun of Bad TV

The second season of Kroll Show premieres tonight on Comedy Central, and by the looks of things, Nick Kroll has no intention of changing course. When the first season debuted a year ago, the series appeared to be a showcase of Kroll's larger-than-life characters, like Bobby Bottleservice, who at that point had already been pushing his roofie necklace on us in online videos for months. Indeed, his characters were the centerpiece of the show, but rather than growing thin throughout the eight-episode season, they delivered the goods. That's because Kroll's characters don't exist for their own sakes — they're vehicles for the show's bigger target: reality television and the [...]

Comedian Taylor Williamson Placed Second on 'America's Got Talent' Last Night

Standup Taylor Williamson came in second on America's Got Talent last night, losing out to martial-arts inspired dancer Kenichi Ebina. He even made the best of the producer's requirement that the finalists repeat and improve on a past performance in the finale; as he pointed out, those jokes have lost the element of surprise for the judges. But he won them over with the help of a dancing camel and a choir, earning the overwhelming praise of comedian judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern. This makes two years in a row where a comedian has placed second; standup Tom Cotter was the runner up in last year's competition. See both [...]

Logo Developing Lisa Lampanelli Reality Show

Variety reports that Logo has just green-lit the development of Lisa Lampanelli's reality show Big Loud Lisa, which means there's still plenty of time for them to retitle it with my suggestion: All Aboard The Filth Mouth Express. Produced by Chelsea Handler, Lisa will reportedly follow Lampanelli and husband Jimmy Cannizzaro as they deal with the trials of the road, their recent marriage and the innumerable times Lisa has been asked to leave an establishment because children were present. Lampenelli's one-woman stage show is also in the works, about which she told Vulture, "It's something that I haven't done yet. I'm scared to death because I [...]

JB Smoove Is Hosting the New Season of 'Last Comic Standing', Premieres May 22nd

Last year, NBC announced they're resurrecting the standup comedy reality show Last Comic Standing after four years with Wanda Sykes producing, and now the reboot has a new host, new judges, and a premiere date. The network announced today that JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Millers) will be the host for the upcoming 13-episode eighth season, which will premiere on Thursday, May 22nd, at 10pm. Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Russell Peters will serve as judges. Keenen Ivory Wayans's presence is interesting as TBS is gearing up to host a comedy competition show called Funniest Wins hosted and produced by his brother Marlon.

These Disappointing Times, by Tim Sampson

Living in this modern age is pretty great. For crying out loud, just look at all the wondrous technology that exists all around us. You can chat with your sister in Vermont while jetting off to Hong Kong at 500 miles per hour. We've got these marvelous little smartphones in our pockets that let us access a pool of knowledge too vast for any one person to consume in a lifetime. Heck, even as I write this, we've got little man-made robots roaming around on the surface of Mars. Mars, for pete's sake!

So don't for an instant think I'm not grateful to be living in the year 2013. [...]

Vote for Standup Taylor Williamson on the 'America's Got Talent' Quarterfinals Tonight

Standup Taylor Williamson is competing in the quarterfinals of America's Got Talent tonight, and you can vote for him if you'd like to see a funny comedian beat a bunch of non-comedians at the NBC talent competition. The show's on at 9 and voting is open after 11. Viewers can vote 10 times online and 10 times by phone.

Check out video of Williamson's past performance on the show below: