"Last Comic Standing"
Spedial Two-hour Premiere Wednesday, July 22 at 9/8c on NBC
New Host Anthony Jeselnik Joins Series
as Wanda Sykes Returns as Executive Producer
“Last Comic Standing” resumes its search for the funniest comic in the country with its most accomplished panel of judges to date, surprise celebrity guests and a new riveting head-to-head phase of the competition. The new eight-episode season will open up with hilarious auditions by invitation only. The top 100 comics in America will vie for 40 spots. These 40 will then compete in a semifinal round and the best of the best will emerge, with the top 10 moving into the compelling new head to head round. In this phase, they will be paired in a high stakes single-elimination round of stand-up stand offs.
The top five comedians will move on to the finals, where the funniest of all will take the coveted title of “Last Comic Standing,” winning an incredible prize package worth $250,000, including a development deal for their own television show.
“We are excited that Norm is joining Roseanne and Keenen in helping us find America’s newest comedy star,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “This is a hugely talented and iconic panel. Anthony will add his unique quick-witted humor as the host of the show.”
“Last Comic Standing” has a history of showcasing aspiring comics who go on to highly successful careers. Previous “LCS” contestants include Amy Schumer, who currently has her own series on Comedy Central, has a huge stand-up following and a burgeoning film career; Cristela Alonzo, who has a self-titled sitcom at ABC; Iliza Shlesinger, whose “Freezing Hot” Netflix special recently premiered; Gabriel Iglesias, who consistently sells out venues across the country; “Late Show with David Letterman” favorite Tommy Johnagin, who will write and star in his own CBS pilot; and Fortune Feimster, a longtime writer for “Chelsea Lately” who will star in the ABC pilot “Family Fortune” from executive producer Tina Fey.