July 27, 2006

Last Comic Standing

Filed under: comedy — phil @ 11:13 pm

going into the final round of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, i had chris porter as a hands down winner. he easily won numerous group challenges and was frequently the audience favorite. but with two rounds in the finals completed, i’m not so sure.

two weeks ago, we saw the five finalists perform a 5 minute routine. in my opinion, chris was off. the on stage persona he’s created fits well with his unqiue look. but the comic who really blew my socks off was ty barnett. maybe it was because we’ve seen so little of him. maybe it’s because i relate to his humor a bit more. but he killed it. i loved the bit about the post sex athlete interview. i never really cared for michele balan, but she’s fighting strong. she really put on a better show in those elimination performances. i liked roz at first, but her routine is starting to grow stale to me.

i just watched this week’s episode and was not surprised that roz didn’t receive as many votes as the others. ty put on another wonderful performance and josh blue is as strong as ever. which is weird to me. while i grew tired of roz’s style, josh’s routines stay centered around his life with cerebal palsy. make no mistake about it. the guy is funny. if anyone’ shown a consistent level, it’s been josh. chris seemingly came back to form and i’m still pulling for him because i think he’s funnier than michele. i’m interested to see if ty continues his ascent. i see his rise just like gary gulman’s rise in last season’s contest. he got stronger as the competition went on. but right now, based on their performances in the finals, i’d rank them as follows:

  1. Ty Barnett
  2. Josh Blue
  3. Chris Porter
  4. Michele Balan

regardless of how they finish, i’m sure they’ll enjoy the career boost LCS has given them. now if i could only get the guts to actually put all those jokes i’ve been writing together into a routine.


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