The BEST Episodes of Last Comic Standing

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 27, 2020

Network: NBC

A nationwide talent search accepting the best professional and non-professional stand-up comedians. Once the selection process is narrowed to 10, the show covers the contestants as they live together and compete for an exclusive contract with NBC, and to be called the Last Comic Standing. In Season 3 ("The Battle of the Best"), the object of the contest was the first season's 10 finalists versus second season's 10 finalists. No immunity challenges this time, or time spent showing the comics living together. It's pure stand-up.

Auditions 1  - New York City, Montreal, San Antonio

#1 - Auditions 1 - New York City, Montreal, San Antonio

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 13, 2007

In the fifth-season opener of "LCS," a global quest to find the funniest comic begins with star searches in New York City, Montreal, and San Antonio. Bill Bellamy takes over as the new host. Alonzo Bodden, Ant and Kathleen Madigan serve as talent scouts.

star 9.00
30 votes
The Finale

#2 - The Finale

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 19, 2007

Who will be named the Last Comic Standing for Season 5? Season Finale complete with special guest stars: Dane Cook, Frank Caliendo, Alonzo Bodden, Ant, Doug Benson, Carrot Top, Todd Glass, and more!

star 9.00
1 votes
West Coast Semi-Finals

#3 - West Coast Semi-Finals

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 10, 2003

Comics on the West Coast compete in California to see who will move on to the Las Vegas competition. Ten finalists are chosen: Geoff Brown, Rob Cantrell, Tere Joyce, Ant, Ralphie May, Randi Kaplan, Lang Parker, Tess, Sean Kent, Dat Phan.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Rob Fox
Writers: Walter Gause
Semifinals, Round 2

#4 - Semifinals, Round 2

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 5, 2010

This episode is the second part of the semi-finals.

star 8.44
66 votes
Season Finale

#5 - Season Finale

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 9, 2010

star 8.19
128 votes
Challenge 3 - Universal Tram Experience

#6 - Challenge 3 - Universal Tram Experience

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 17, 2014

The seven remaining comics serve as tour guides on the Universal Studios tram tour; guest mentor Howie Mandel.

star 8.09
23 votes
Episode 9

#7 - Episode 9

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 17, 2008

The remaining comics must fill their shopping carts with props for a show they must perform for shoppers in a household goods store; comic Carrot Top judges the contestants on their success with the props; two comics are eliminated.

star 8.03
31 votes
Episode 10

#8 - Episode 10

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 24, 2008

The eight remaining comics are surprised with a trip to the Playboy Mansion; the comics are asked to tell Hugh Hefner's girlfriends, Holly, Bridget and Kendra, a humorous bedtime story.

star 8.03
31 votes
East Coast Semi-Finals

#9 - East Coast Semi-Finals

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 10, 2003

Comics on the East Coast perform at Caroline's Comedy Club, in New York. Celebrity talent scouts are stand up comedian Colin Quinn, Joy Behar from the View, and Caroline Rhea of the Caroline Rhea Show. The comics joke about such things as having a teenage daughter, shark shows, robbing local gas stations, french Canadians, illegal immigrants, etc. Finalists chosen to advance are Russ Meneve, Dave Mordal, Rich Vos, Cory Kahaney, Eddie Pepitone, John Preist, Jen Kirwin, Carmen Lynch, Craig Baldo, and Jessie Taylor. Some good ad-libs are made by John Preist, Rich Vos, and others. Caroline Rhea realizes that one comic pretty much stole her act, which is probably why she didn't make it to Vegas.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Rob Fox
Writers: Walter Gause
Finale (2)

#10 - Finale (2)

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 5, 2003

The two-hour finale aired Tuesday, August 5th with Dat Phan taking the stage as The Last Comic Standing!

star 8.00
1 votes
Auditions 3 - Los Angeles, Australia

#11 - Auditions 3 - Los Angeles, Australia

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 20, 2007

A quest to discover comedic talent features a star search in Los Angeles and Australia.

star 8.00
30 votes
Auditions 2

#12 - Auditions 2

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired May 29, 2008

Last Comic Standing arrives in Los Angeles. Talent scouts Angela Kinsey and Oscar Nuñez from NBC's hit comedy The Office are the judges the comics need to impress. One of the first comedians, Ron G., opens with jokes about his dream-snatcher girlfriend and gets a pass to the evening showcase. The usual crazy comics are ever present. One guy doesn't even want to be a comic! Then there's the scary "mistress of death." Both are obvious no-nos. Amber Tozer manages to get through with jokes about her dysfunctional family. Adam Richmond, a naughty Jew who loves Jesus, makes the first cut as well.

star 8.00
4 votes
Semifinals, Round 1

#13 - Semifinals, Round 1

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 28, 2010

This week the comedians funny enough to make it past the first round get a second shot to impress the judges and take another step towards the ultimate prize.

star 7.97
99 votes
Invitational 3

#14 - Invitational 3

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired May 29, 2014

Comics hope to advance to the semi-final round.

star 7.84
32 votes
Auditions 2, New York City

#15 - Auditions 2, New York City

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 14, 2010

New York City is the setting for continued auditions and a comedy showcase.

star 7.77
39 votes
Finals - Top 5 to 4

#16 - Finals - Top 5 to 4

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 31, 2014

Special guest Jay Leno holds a comic roundtable, kicking off the first finals round as the 5 remaining contestants return to the stage.

star 7.65
23 votes
Premiere (Invitationals 1 & 2)

#17 - Premiere (Invitationals 1 & 2)

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired May 22, 2014

Comics perform their funniest sets for the judges.

star 7.62
34 votes
Writers: Hugh Fink, Jeff Stilson, Lance Crouther, Miles Grose
The Invitationals (2)

#18 - The Invitationals (2)

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 29, 2015

The second group of Invited Comics takes the stage to compete for a spot in the semifinals.

star 7.62
47 votes
The Showdowns

#19 - The Showdowns

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 2, 2015

The Top 10 comics are paired up into 5 head to head showdowns, with the winner of each one advancing to the finale to compete for the title.

star 7.53
49 votes
Auditions 1

#20 - Auditions 1

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired May 22, 2008

Talent scouts begin their search for the Last Comic Standing. The search begins in New York City with talent scouts Richard Belzer and Steve Schirripa. The search then moves on to Tempe with talent scouts Fred Willard and Kathy Najimy.

star 7.50
4 votes
Auditions 5

#21 - Auditions 5

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 19, 2008

The Last Comic Standing continues their audtions with a special audtion session in Miami for international comics. Lonny Ross and Keith Powell will be the talent scouts who will decide which international comic will move onto the next round.

star 7.50
2 votes
Semifinal Night 1

#22 - Semifinal Night 1

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 12, 2014

Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer mentor the comics before they perform in front of their largest audience yet.

star 7.47
60 votes
Top 10

#23 - Top 10

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 12, 2010

This episode starts with the ten remaining comics vying for the viewer votes.

star 7.44
70 votes
The Premiere

#24 - The Premiere

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 22, 2015

Season 9 kicks off with the Invitational Round, where 100 of America's best and brightest comics perform for the judges and the top comics advance to the semifinals. New judge Norm Macdonald joins the panel along with current judges and comedy icons Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans. Comedy Central roast veteran Anthony Jeselnik will join the fun as the new host of the season.

star 7.44
52 votes
The Semifinals (1)

#25 - The Semifinals (1)

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 19, 2015

20 comics take the stage to battle for 5 spots in the Top 10. A-list comedian and Executive Producer Wanda Sykes serves as guest mentor.

star 7.39
49 votes