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NBC IS READY TO LAUGH OUT LOUD WITH CASTING CALLS ACROSS THE NATION FOR SEASON SIX OF "LAST COMIC STANDING"

Published: January 11, 2008

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Burbank, Cailf. - - January 11, 2008 - - NBC's hit competition show "Last Comic Standing" and host Bill Bellamy is ready to roll in a barrel of laughs when they hit the road in a multi-city search for America's funniest new comedian for season six.

"Last Comic Standing" is looking for one thing - someone who can bring the funny! Candidates should be at least 18 years of age and be prepared to showcase their funniest two minutes for the talent scouts. The top comics from each city will advance to the semi-finals where they will be narrowed down to the top 10 finalists, who will then engage in a fiercely funny and fast-paced competition where only one will become the next "Last Comic Standing."

Casting calls will be held in the following locations, and for more information, please go to www.nbc.com:

JANUARY 28

LOS ANGELES, CA

Hollywood Improv

Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

8162 Melrose Avenue

Los Angeles CA 90046

310-651-2583

FEBRUARY 7

NEW YORK CITY, NY

Gotham Comedy Club

Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

208 West 23rd Street

New York, NY 10011

212-367-9000

FEBRUARY 14

TORONTO, CANADA

Yuk Yuk's

Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

224 Richmond Street

Toronto, Ontario Canada

416-367-6425

FEBRUARY 19

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Acme Comedy Club

Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

708 N First Street

Minneapolis, MN 55401

612-338-6393

FEBRUARY 22

HOUSTON, TX

Houston Improv

Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

7620 Katy Freeway

Space 431

Houston, TX 77024

713-333-8800

FEBRUARY 26

TEMPE, AZ

Tempe Improv

Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

930 East University Avenue

Tempe, AZ 85281

480-921-9877

FEBRUARY 29

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Please check www.nbc.com for details

MARCH 3

NASHVILLE, TN

Zanies

Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

2025 8th Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37204

615-269-0221

"Last Comic Standing" is produced by Peter Engel Productions and Universal Media Studios. The executive producers are Peter Engel ("Saved By the Bell," "The Next Best Thing"), David Friedman (NBC's "Last Call with Carson Daly) and Barry Katz ("Action," "Dane Cook's Tourgasm"). Javier Winnik (NBC's "The Singing Bee") and Noel Guerra (Bravo's "Project Runway") are co-executive producers.

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Exclusive: Last Comic Hires Office Workers

There will be plenty of familiar faces when Last Comic Standing returns to NBC this spring. And, no, we don't mean comedian-turned-reality TV host Bill Bellamy. The show once again will scour the country to find funnymen and women in open casting calls. But this time, producers will replace regular judges with a revolving door of celebrity talent scouts. "I'm going to be nice and pregnant, so entertain me," quips Angela Kinsey, who will whittle down Los Angeles-area wannabes with The Office costar Oscar Nunez. "I tend to really love comedians who weave the fabric of their lives into their stand-up, because I think real life is always better than anything you can write!"

Auditions for Season 6 will kick off on Jan. 28 at the Hollywood Improv.

For more information, log on to NBC.com/Last_Comic_Standing..

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'Last Comic Standing' Mines NBC Talent

'Office,' 'Cheers' stars among those judging early rounds

April 7, 2008

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NBC is enlisting cast members from some of its past and present comedy series -- along with one from "Law & Order: SVU" -- to help choose the "Last Comic Standing" this summer.

The showcase for stand-up comics begins its sixth season Thursday, May 22. Bill Bellamy returns as host, and he'll be joined in the early rounds by the likes of "Office" workers Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez and Kate Flannery; former "NewsRadio" star Dave Foley; "Cheers" barflies George Wendt and John Ratzenberger; "Scrubs" regular Neil Flynn; and even "SVU's" Richard Belzer, who cut his teeth as a stand-up in the 1970s.

The actors will serve as talent scouts in the audition rounds, which will take place in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Toronto, Houston, San Francisco, Nashville, Miami and Tempe, Ariz. Bellamy will also fly solo in a handful of other cities, giving comics at local venues in Boston, Detroit, Atlanta and elsewhere a chance to perform in front of the talent scouts.

British TV presenter Fearne Cotton will also join the show as a "special correspondent" aiding in the search for comedians from other countries.

The semifinalists will perform in front of a live audience at the Paris Las Vegas casino, from which the 12 finalists will be chosen. Following a series of challenge rounds, the finals will also be staged at Paris Las Vegas.

The winner gets $250,000 in cash, a talent deal with NBC and a starring spot in the "Jubilee!" show at Paris' sister casino, Bally's Las Vegas.

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I was done with this when Josh won two seasons ago. And then last season was just the nail in the coffin. Oh well, I can have hope that this will be more like the first season, just not much hope.

You mean when that unfunny hack Dat Phan beat out Rich Vos and Dave Mordal? Yea, let's hope it's more like that. This show has had no credibility since season 1.

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Jeez, I totally forgot about Reep. I guess that means Lavell came in second.

I guess the timeslot will determine if I tune in.

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Last Comic Standing season premiere on Thursday May 22 at 9:30/8:30c on NBC.

NBC's laughfest "Last Comic Standing" returns for a sixth season with host Bill Bellamy ("Def Comedy Jam," "Any Given Sunday") and special correspondent/popular UK personality Fearne Cotton (NBC's "The Guinness Book of World Records - Live!," ITV2's "The Xtra Factor") stepping up the search for the funniest comedian on the planet!

This season, the Emmy-nominated series joins Thursday's comedy night line-up, and a parade of NBC comedy stars from past and present hit shows also will participate for the first time ever - serving as talent scouts in lively audition shows that will air as the first five episodes.

Helping to "find the funny" this season are talent scouts Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Brian Baumgartner and Kate Flannery ("The Office"), Dave Foley ("Thank God You're Here!" "Newsradio"), Neil Flynn ("Scrubs"), George Wendt and John Ratzenberger ("Cheers"), Richard Belzer ("Law & Order: SVU"), Steve Schirripa ("The Tonight Show With Jay Leno"), Kathy Najimy ("Veronica's Closet") and French Stewart ("Third Rock From the Sun"). Josh Gomez ("Chuck"), Lonny Ross and Keith Powell ("30 Rock") also serve as talent scouts, along with Richard Kind and Fred Willard ("Mad About You") and Alfonso Ribeiro ("The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air").

Top comedians from more than 20 countries - including England, Australia, Scotland, Sweden, South Africa, India, New Zealand, Norway, Japan and Israel - audition during the international search, which will take talent scouts to LA, NY, Toronto, Minneapolis, Houston, Tempe, San Francisco, Nashville and Miami. Plus, for the first time ever on the show, Bill Bellamy goes to eight additional cities on his own - including Boston, Denver, Seattle, Detroit, Honolulu and Atlanta - surprising the best comics at local venues with a direct pass to perform for the scouts in the closest audition city.

After the audition search is over, the best of the best will come to Las Vegas to perform for a huge crowd at the Paris Las Vegas, where the top 12 comedy acts will be chosen as finalists. They'll move on to the challenge rounds for a comedy showdown week by week, until the funniest comics return to the Paris Las Vegas for the finals and finale. Then America will vote to decide who will be the "Last Comic Standing" and win a $250,000 grand prize including an exclusive talent deal with NBC, a brand new Honda, and a starring appearance in Jubilee! at Bally's Las Vegas.

"Last Comic Standing" is produced by Peter Engel Productions and Universal Media Studios. The executive producers are Peter Engel ("Saved By the Bell," "The Next Best Thing"), David Friedman (NBC's "Last Call with Carson Daly," "NBC's New Years Eve with Carson Daly") and Barry Katz ("Action," "Dane Cook's Tourgasm"). Javier Winnik (NBC's "The Singing Bee"), Page Hurwitz ("Last Comic Standing 4 & 5") and Noel Guerra (Bravo's "Project Runway") are co-executive producers.

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Last Comic Standing to Feature Comic in the Car

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Last Comic Standing Finds Funnies in LA and the Lone Star State!

May 29, 2008 11:13:33 by Lisa_Stauber

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Last Comic Standing kicks off the night in Los Angeles, screening hundreds of hopefuls to find the funny. Angela Kinsey and Oscar Nunez from The Office are on hand to scout out the best comics, and Fearne Cotton keeps us updated on how it

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SO really wanted the geek Jewish girl with glasses in the first hour to make it through. Apparently she visited the troops in Iraq and everyone said she was the funniest comedian they'd ever seen.

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Last Comic Standing Scouts San Francisco and Canada!

June 5, 2008 11:06:44 by Lisa_Stauber

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Bill Bellamy and Fearne Cotton head to San Francisco and even out of the country this week in search of America

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Last Comic Standing Hits Minnesota and Nashville!

June 12, 2008 09:10:12 by Lisa_Stauber

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This week on Last Comic Standing, it

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I like LCS but I don't know how they pick the winners. Some of the people they let through to the finals just aren't funny. I think they let them through to the house because they think it would make good TV. I don't think that Esther Chu is the funniest, but she is in the house. Why? Because she'll annoy the other guests.

Personally I like Marcus to win. His Christopher Walken is perfect!

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Marcus was the only one who genuinely made me laugh. I didn't see the first round of finalists, or semi-finalists. I wasn't impressed with Esther either. Ok, but nothing really original or that funny.

Now, I think it's funny, but I'm not sure if it's supposed to be ... but Marcus wants to be known by only 1 name. I think that's really amusing that it's one of the most common names out there. :P

I also kind of liked the twins, but I'm sure that would have gotten old after awhile.

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I finally caught Last Comic Standing and I was sooo happy to see my buddy Louis. He's ginuinely a really nice guy and is a total stand-up. Sadly, my viewing pleasure was destroyed by God's Pottery. I don't like the insincere hokey, Jesus bit. If you want clean comedy, do clean comedy. But don't sit there with the deer-in-headlights look constantly on your face. And for the love of all that is good and holy, be funny.

Personally, they should have shipped all three last night. But I didn't watch the final vote. I couldn't stomach it.

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Here's my take on last week's elimination...

Esther Ku: I have to admit I'm one of those Asian fetish dudes. I would totally fall for this chick. I love the bubbly anime thing, but I know I'm a weirdo. Anyway, her comedy is OK, but she's stuck in making jokes about her own ethniticity. It gets old after a few minutes. I think she would have been better off picking Papa CJ as an opponent instead of Iliza. He's pretty new at comedy and he does the same thing, making fun of his own ethnicity. Esther was cute, sad to see her go, but it was going to happen anyway.

God's Pottery: I agree with Francis, these guys get old really quick. The act is OK in its own way, but it doesn't belong in this competition. I mean would it kill these guys to tell a joke? I actually liked them better in the yo Mama round where they were forced to break with their normal routine and do something else.

Iliza: Sorry, forgot her last name. She was the best of the night as the audience votes showed. She had over 60% of the vote. I think she's a strong comic that doesn't rely on gimmics. She'l probably go far.

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Just saw this season for the last two weeks. It looks like there are some funny comics this year. I wasn't suprised to see Esther Ku go. I didn't even think she should have made it in the first place...there were a lot of funnier comics who deserved to go through.

I have to agree about God's Pottery. They were pretty amusing in the Yo Mama round (overall there some funny stuff) but their act would get tired really fast.

I've been a fan of Sean Cullen's for years (Corky and the Juice Pigs anyone?) and it's nice to see him get some exposure in the states. I have to wonder how far he'll go because his comedy has always been a little different, without as much of a broader appeal.

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Last Comic Standing Bed, Bath, and Beyond

July 17, 2008 09:28:45 by Lisa_Stauber

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Last week on Last Comic Standing, two acts were eliminated taking the finalists from a dozen to a lucky 10. Esther Ku and her annoying laugh, and God

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My take....

Paul Foot: I thought his act was pretty decent. I like English humor, so I may be biased. He was good. I guess Iliza was better.

Iliza Sleshinger: Not as funny as last week, but at least she has enough material to not be repetitive.

Papa CJ: Thank the gods this guy is gone. He's done the same act in every performance he's done. And its not that funny and actually a little insulting. The way he picks someone in the audience then makes him the butt of the joke, makes me sick. If the guy was actually heckling his act it would be OK, but the guy he picks is innocent. Glad he's gone. Buh bye

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Last Comic Standing Bedding Playmates!

July 24, 2008 08:51:19 by Lisa_Stauber

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Last Comic Standing returns tonight, and Iliza has eliminated two more contestants. Host Bill Bellamy reveals a twist

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Why did they spend so many weeks weeding out contestants only to have two shows of finalists? If they wanted to cut the show short, try not showing 45 minutes if commercials...jeez, NBC ruins this show every year!!

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