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.
The eliminated comics perform again. The results are given, and the wild-card winner is revealed before a live television and theater audience.
After Jay Mohr introduces the final 4 comics, they are given 2 minutes each to perform for the audience. Then what everyone is waiting for: the anouncement of who was voted best comic and wins the $250,000. To see the complete results, go to the Results ThreadWatch Now:Amazon
After the narrowing it down to the one from each team that received the most votes, the final four perform.
Three comics from each team show who is best at roasting Jay. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Jeffrey Ross show how a pro does it.
A preview of the new season. Each "house" goes backstage in separate "war rooms" to choose 5 comics from the other house to go up against.
Comics from across the nation compete in front of talent scouts to see who will move on to the semi-final round.
The five ousted comics get another shot. They all perform live for the chance to get back into the game. America votes.
Jay Mohr arrives at the house to announce a surprise - those that were previously eliminated come back. Each eliminated comic would get a vote to help determine the head-to-head match up for the remaining six comics. For the final challenge, each comic would have to pitch a sitcom with himself or herself as the star. The videotaped pitches would be shown to a focus group, who would evaluate the show. The comic with the highest-rated pitch would win immunity and a guaranteed spot in the final five. Tammy wins. In the voting, John gets the most votes. He chooses Corey. Then in another twist, they vote for a three-way head-to-head. Alonzo is chosen.
A dog becomes part of the household. A very surprising challenge – "their toughest challenge yet". After some speculation, a clown comes out followed by a bunch of excited kids. Each comic chooses a costume to wear and a name for their character. After performing, the kids place a sticker on the comic that they thought was funniest. The winner gets exemption and a 4-course meal at an expensive restaurant. In the voting for the head-to-head, Gary and Jay both get 2 votes. They pack their bags and get ready to compete.Watch Now:Amazon
This week's challenge was to roast a housemate at a Friars Club, with celebrity guest judges Norm Crosby, Phylis Diller, and Rich Little. The comics all ended up roasting Jay London. The judges picked Alonzo as the funniest roaster, meaning he received a free one year membership to the club, and Jay won immunity. When the voting was finished, Gary had the most votes. He went up against Ant, and Gary won with 73% of the audience vote.
A yoga instructor lead some group meditation. This week's challenge: The comics work as tour guides on a Hollywood tour bus. Two would compete, each taking a turn giving a tour as the bus drove through the city. Then the tourists on the bus would vote. The loser would be dismissed while the winner would stay to face the next comic, until only one was left standing. Ant wins and is Immune from elimination for this week. The comics voted. When the votes were tallied, it was a tie between Tammy and Todd (3 to 3). They would then face each other in the head-to-head. 55% of the audience voted for Tammy.
They find out that their house looks like a haunted castle. Then they're paired up with a roommate. Their first task: performing at a Laundromat, not knowing that a talent scout is among them. She chooses the best performer to perform at Aspen. John Heffron and Bonnie McFarlane go head to head. 94% of the audience vote for John.
The next ten perform. But first, Executive Producer Peter Engel breaks the news to Jim Norton that he would be eliminated from the competition because of his prior commitments. They then call the alternate choice, Jim Wiggins, and fly him to Las Vegas. The final five are named – but not without controversy. Brett Butler walks out, and Drew Carey is also upset – because they thought that those chosen are only as a result of the votes by the four judges. Peter Engel had to explain that there were also four other judges in executive positions.
The twenty finalists go to Las Vegas and are surprised to find out that they have to room with one of the other contestants. The first group of ten perform. Five are chosen to move on and live in the house.
This episode was broadcast live from the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The five remaining comics (Ralphie, Dat, Tess, Rich, and Cory) perform their acts in the finals. Voting is done by phone or by internet (VoteNBC.com).
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