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.
Dat, Tess, Cory, Tere, Rob, Sean, Dave, Rich, Ralphie, and Geoff move into their Hollywood house. The tour of the house started with Jay showing them the fortune teller. A machine that delivers messages, advice, and clues during their stay. Rich Vos started an argument on whether or not he should be allowed to smoke in the house. The comics visit an Elementary school and gave the kid of their choice comedy lessons. Jay announces there will be weekly contests in the house, which will mean immunity from getting voted out of the house. This week's contest was to perform in Universal City on the street in order to get money from tourists. The winner (the person who returned with the most money) gets immunity and gets a segment on Extra. Each comedian had their own approach to win. Tess won with more than double the second place. The comics choose who they think they are funnier than; the person that gets the most votes challenges a comic in front of a live audience. Sean Kent gets voted off.
Tess shoots her Extra segment. The comics find a rat in their house. Dave attempts to catch it. After many hours, Dave catches the rat and they set it free. The contest for this episode is to give tickets to people in an attempt to get the most people to come to the show. The person with the most people showing up gets immunity. Tess, again, wins immunity and a Beverly Hills shopping spree. Tere, crying, says Cory has upset her. Tere talks to Dat about her feelings toward Cory, but Tere ends up irritated at Dat. The day before the vote, the comics plot on who to vote out next. Tere is challenged by five people. She gets to choose one of the people that voted for her to go head-to-head against. Tere chooses to go up against Cory. Cory wins and Tere is voted off the show.
The comics talk about Dat Phan and how they want to vote him off. Their mission is to create their own sitcom idea. Then, a focus group will decide which is funniest. The winner gets immunity and a walk-on role on Good Morning, Miami. The comics play hide and seek. The other comics pretend to hide, then they meet back in the livingroom and laugh about Dat. After 45 minutes, Dat finally gives up hiding, and finds all the other comics laughing. The focus group decides Dat is the winner, he gets immunity and the walk-on. The night before the show down, Cory is blamed for helping Dat with his sitcom idea (because Dat was marked). The comics celebrate Ralphie's birthday. His girlfriend shows up and some special chefs prepare sushi. Rob is challenged by the most comics, and chooses to go up against Ralphie. Ralphie wins, and Rob is off the show.
Dat tapes his walk-on role on Good Morning, Miami. Dat says he is a sensitive guy that operates on positive thinking - he says this as Rich and Dave fight with him. Dat thinks of it as a good learning experience. Their mission for this episode is a scavenger hunt. They have a list of people, places, and things they need to have their picture taken with. The person with the most pictures wins immunity and a guest appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly. Cory wins the appearance and immunity. Dat apologizes to Cory for thinking she was out to get him -- Cory admits that the comics (herself included) have been against him. All the comics vote against Dat. Dat chooses to go up against Dave Mordal. Dat wins, and Dave is the fourth person eliminated from the show.
Jay has a surprise for the comics: there will be one more elimination before the finals. This time, however, no one is exempt and the person who receives the most challenges does not get to pick their challenger. Geoff gets the most votes. His opponent will be chosen by special guests: Dave Mordal, Tere Joyce, Rob Cantrell, and Sean Kent. The former housemates choose (surprise) Dat. After two great sets, the winner is announced: Dat wins for the second time.Watch Now:Amazon
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).
The two-hour finale aired Tuesday, August 5th with Dat Phan taking the stage as The Last Comic Standing!Watch Now:Amazon
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.
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.
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.Watch Now:Amazon
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.
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 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.
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.
The five ousted comics get another shot. They all perform live for the chance to get back into the game. America votes.
The eliminated comics perform again. The results are given, and the wild-card winner is revealed before a live television and theater audience.
The Final Six square off in another live performance.Watch Now:Amazon
After some stand-up routines, the results are revealed - and it's the end of the line for three of the Final Six.Watch Now:Amazon
Reviewing the past season, including never-before-seen clips. The final three battle it out in the ultimate showdown. Only one will be left standing.Watch Now:Amazon
Before the results of America's voting are revealed, Dat Phan and Ralphie May, from season 2, perform. Then the 3 finalists perform one last time…Watch Now:Amazon
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.
Results of America's voting. The other 10 comics perform.Watch Now:Amazon
The battle continues. This time each team chooses from themselves which 4 will perform.Watch Now:Amazon
Four more comics from each team perform.