The BEST episodes of Last Comic Standing

Every episode of Last Comic Standing ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Last Comic Standing!

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.

Last Updated: 3/19/2023Network:NBC
Auditions 1  - New York City, Montreal, San Antonio
30 votes

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

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/13/2007

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.

Auditions 2
3 votes

#2 - Auditions 2

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/29/2008

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.

Semifinals, Round 2
67 votes

#3 - Semifinals, Round 2

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/5/2010

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

West Coast Semi-Finals
3 votes

#4 - West Coast Semi-Finals

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/10/2003

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.

Directors: Rob Fox
Writer: Walter Gause
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Season Finale
129 votes

#5 - Season Finale

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/9/2010

Watch Now:Amazon
Challenge 3 - Universal Tram Experience
22 votes

#6 - Challenge 3 - Universal Tram Experience

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/17/2014

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

Episode 9
31 votes

#7 - Episode 9

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 7/17/2008

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.

Watch Now:Amazon
Episode 10
31 votes

#8 - Episode 10

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 7/24/2008

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.

Watch Now:Amazon
East Coast Semi-Finals
2 votes

#9 - East Coast Semi-Finals

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/10/2003

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.

Directors: Rob Fox
Writer: Walter Gause
Las Vegas Finals
1 votes

#10 - Las Vegas Finals

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/17/2003

The twenty finalists chosen from the East Coast and West Coast competitions compete to become one of the ten chosen to move into the house in Hollywood Hills. The ten finalists chosen are Dat Phan, Dave Mordal, Cory Kahaney, Sean Kent, Geoff Brown, Tere Joyce, Rob Cantrell, Rich Vos, Tess, and Ralphie May.

Directors: Rob Fox
Writer: Walter Gause
Finale (2)
1 votes

#11 - Finale (2)

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 8/5/2003

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

Watch Now:Amazon
Auditions 3 - Los Angeles, Australia
30 votes

#12 - Auditions 3 - Los Angeles, Australia

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/20/2007

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

Semifinals, Round 1
100 votes

#13 - Semifinals, Round 1

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/28/2010

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.

Auditions 2, New York City
40 votes

#14 - Auditions 2, New York City

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/14/2010

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

Invitational 3
30 votes

#15 - Invitational 3

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/29/2014

Comics hope to advance to the semi-final round.

Finals - Top 5 to 4
22 votes

#16 - Finals - Top 5 to 4

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired 7/31/2014

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

Watch Now:Amazon
The Invitationals (2)
42 votes

#17 - The Invitationals (2)

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/29/2015

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

Premiere (Invitationals 1 & 2)
32 votes

#18 - Premiere (Invitationals 1 & 2)

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/22/2014

Comics perform their funniest sets for the judges.

Directors: Elizabeth Plonka
Watch Now:Amazon
The Showdowns
46 votes

#19 - The Showdowns

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired 9/2/2015

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.

Auditions 5
2 votes

#20 - Auditions 5

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/19/2008

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.

Semifinal Night 1
58 votes

#21 - Semifinal Night 1

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/12/2014

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

Top 10
71 votes

#22 - Top 10

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/12/2010

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

Watch Now:Amazon
The Semifinals (1)
44 votes

#23 - The Semifinals (1)

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/19/2015

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.

Auditions 1
5 votes

#24 - Auditions 1

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/22/2008

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.

Challenge 2 - Talk Show
60 votes

#25 - Challenge 2 - Talk Show

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/10/2014

Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres puts the comics to the test; comic Wanda Sykes teaches the comics how to shine during interviews.

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