Love to Interrupt
Who is the funniest person in
America? Is it a seasoned professional or a person with just a
funny story to tell? Find out as Jay Mohr invites some of the
funniest people to take the stage in competition for a
contract with NBC and a special on Comedy Central.
Recaps by Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host: Jay Mohr
Scouts: Bob Read, Ross Mark, Colin Quinn, Kim Coles,
EP: Peter Engel, Barry Katz, Jay Mohr, Dan Cutforth,
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Episode 2.2 - June 9
Yesterday, we went from thousands of people to 40.
Tonight, we chop that in half once again as we have 2
hours of competition. The 20 people will move on to
Vegas for the final elimination. We get a montage of
yesterday's action on it and we get prepped for the
...but before that, we get some of the contestants in
the bus's reaction. ANT immediately gets on people's
nerves when he says that a drag queen threw up on the
bus - and then gets into it with a bunch of comedians
who joke about keeping it real - while ANT doesn't
understand that the joke is on him. Please keep him out
of the house.
Jay tells them all that they are all funny and deserve
their 15 minutes of fame - and the only people that can
screw this up are the comedians themselves (or a bunch
of bigwigs upstairs with their own personal agenda...oh,
did I say that?).
Jay tells the screaming people in the Hudson Theater in
NYC that the comedians are grouped in packs of 20. Ten
of them in each group will advance to Vegas. As for the
judges, Bob and Ross are back, as well as Colin Quinn
(from Tough Crowd), Kim Coles and Rich Vos (also from
Tough Crowd). Gee, no nepotism here...
"If I don't make it to the next round, then I've
failed." This comes from Alonzo Boden, who starts
it off. I don't think he will fail when he talks about
being ripped off at Bed Bath and Beyond. "They sold me a
duvet cover, and I don't have a duvet... at least I
don't think so." Much funnier than the first episode.
Colin: When you work the black clubs, wouldn't it
be hard to do the opening Bath Bed and Beyond joke?
Alonzo: Yeah Colin, because black people don't
use sheets... I'm just trying to be a comic
Colin: That's the point that I was trying to make
Alonzo: You were getting there in a slow, white
I don't see how he isn't a lock to advance.
Contestant #2 - Jessica Kirson. She does her
voice changing routine and she does a cute Thanksgiving
balloon sketch. I like her, but the audience doesn't
seem to be as into her and I don't know.
Contestant #3 - Pablo Francisco, who goes back to
bashing the radio station DJ's. Now let's talk about
repetition of material - it will get you through a few
rounds, but doing it continuously won't get you in the
Vegas house. If he gets past this round, he better get a
Contestant #4 - Ant, who was devastated that he
didn't get to the finals last year. "I'm going to let
G-d - and talent - decide how far I go." Jay calls him
the Susan Lucci that ANT used, and I will be annoyed if
doesn't use new material. He doesn't - he uses new stuff
about how the gay people don't claim the ugly stars.
"'You will never hear a gay guy go - Danny Devito - Gay.
Al Roker - Had him. Jay Mohr - Queer!" He does do a used
gay joke, but he is much better than last time and I
have to grudgingly give him his props - and probably an
Contestant #5 - Frank Santorelli. He wants to
have his own Friday night show and he got so drunk that
he weighed his head on the scale. 22 pounds. He gets his
3 minutes and I think he will have a Friday slot -
because no one watches on Friday.
Contestant #6 - Will Durst. He does a sketch on
Bush being Rainman. "I'm a warmonger - just ask my dad."
It's cute, and I laughed, and he would be in my Top Ten
- but I don't think he would connect on a national level
and I don't know about him.
Contestant #7 - Vladimir Khylynn. He talks about
peeing - and then he goes back to old material that he
used in the auditions. That is a definite no-no - and
that plus unfunny new material should spell the end of
the road for him.
Contestant #8 - Kathleen Madigan. She talks about
the American Idol voting - and how more people do that
than voting for the presidency. It's a cool sketch and I
would put her right on the borderline.
Contestant #9 - Todd Glass. He does a cute sketch
about him accidentally comparing his mom to a pig. "She
laughed so hard that she punched me in the uterus." Its
a single joke, but it's fun and cute. He also was asked
about being difficult to live with. "Difficult enough to
be fun in the house," replies Todd, and that probably
cemented the deal for him.
Contestant #10 - Sue Costello. She had her own
sitcom - and she wants another shot at the big time. She
talks about guys being jerks and how girls ignore that.
"He says I don't have a job and you say 'No problem,
I'll work three!" She's cute and she could get in.
Contestant #11 - Jimmy Dore. "I could have been
in a frat if I held that egg in my ass for 8 seconds
longer." It's stereotypical, and even though it's
nothing new, he delivered the material well. I don't
know how well...
Contestant #12 - Paul Varghese. I loved his
material from the first episode - and he repeats it
again for this show. It's all well and good, but when
you audition for the same judges, you better have new
stuff, so this spells trouble...
Contestant #13 - Jon Wessling. "I like my women
like I like my scotch - 12 years old and mixed with
coke." That got the audience in shock and I don't see
how he advances in an 8pm family show. Then again, Tess
did get on the stage in the finals and talked about
Contestant #14 - DC Benny. Now this is what I'm
talking about. Three different shows, three different
sets of material - this time about the taxi's not
picking him up and his adventures on the subway. 'I see
a guy in the subway with his bike. What are you doing -
cheating in a race?' He should advance.
Contestant #15 - Corey Holcomb. He talks about
talking bad about women - and that allows him to stare
at them. He continues the ghetto shtick and I don't find
it amusing. Eh.
Contestant #16 - Bonnie McFarlane. She talks
about a thrift store in a small town. The scene was
funny - but what cements it is Rich Vos asking her to
spend some time at his place - and Bonnie responding
that she'd rather be homeless.
Contestant #17 - Bert Kreischer. He's got a baby
mouth that needs food, so he's doing it for the kid.
"Cops hate it when you touch their faces." Wha? He talks
about white guys and black guys getting pulled over -
and he does an ok job - though I've seen it done before
- and better.
Contestant #18 - Tony Woods. Who? He talks about
touring around and smoking weed in Amsterdam. Eh. Does
nothing for me.
Contestant #19 - Jim Norton. He trashes Aspen,
Colorado for closing at 10pm - and decides to order an
escort service. "Maybe she has some lunch in her
purse... $3,000 is pricey, can I buy a deformed girl for
$50?" Very racy, but probably a keeper.
Contestant #20 - Louis Ramey. He's been pulled
over 8 times. "You know why you was pulled over? Cause I
was speeding? No, Cause you're black." Yes, he's the guy
that has been in the commercials.
Contestant #21 - Juston McKinney. He has the same
shtick that he used earlier, though he mixes it up. "You
know why I stopped you? My car was overheating." It's a
cute touche to Louis and Tony, and he seems like someone
Well, let's see. We have 21 contestants instead of 20,
and both Tony Woods and Louis Ramey seem to come from
nowhere - but there's no fix. Noooooooo. Let's see if
either of them advance. My predictions are - Alonzo,
Jessica, ANT, Kathleen, Todd, Sue, DC, Bonnie, Jim and
How accurate am I? Last year, I got 8's and 9's. This
year, the first finalists are... DC, Bonnie, Alonzo,
Kathleen, ANT, Todd, Jessica, Jim, Corey and.... Sue.
That's 9 out of ten for the first round, and although I
am not a fan of Corey, I can see why he got in.
But with 10 happy people, there are sour grapes. Frank
says he had the best set (he didn't), while Brian didn't
think he did that well, but Vladimir took it honorably
and it seemed like him and Alonzo bonded. AwwwwBarf.
Well that's 20 (or 21) comics down - and another 20 (or
19) to go. We start with...
Contestant #1 - Dan Ahdoot. He also recycles his
first day shtick and it's funny. He does add the
timeline as new material and the audience eats him up.
He should easily move on.
Contestant #2 - Chris Voth. He does hand signals
to tell the crowd one thing and he says something else -
like having someone with Parkinson's create a martini. I
don't know about this one...
Interlude - Tom and Kerri are husband and wife - and
they have twins. Kerri hopes that she gets in so that
Tom has to look after the kids. Heh. Tom says that Kerri
would push him in front of the subway.
Contestant #3 - Tom Kotter. "I woke up today and
felt tension mounting. Tension was my dog." He talks
about kids speech and he was pretty good.
Contestant #4 - Kerri Louise. She talks about job
woes. "I was a lifeguard. No one drowned.. well this one
person did but I couldn't save her because I just ate."
She was good too - better than the husband.
Contestant #5 - Kevin Brown. He talks about how
Dikembe Mutombo sounds like the Cookie Monster. He was
hysterical and the facial expressions are great - but
it's NYC humor and I don't know how well that translates
to a national audience.
Contestant #6 - John Heffron. He talks about the
younger generation vs. the older generation. He does new
material on talking while playing sports and he was
decent. Decent, so far, may be good enough...
Contestant #10 - Marina Franklin. She talks about
everyday life and about raising someone else's kid. Eh.
The audience liked it though, so she could sneak in.
Contestant #11 - Gary Gulman. "I am 6'6", My
father is 5'7", my women is 5'3", so when people came
over to me, they ask how old is the milkman?" It's cute,
but not a knockout. Another passable effort.
Contestant #12 - Monty Hoffman. He got through
drugs, booze and cancer to be here today. "I had this
one woman live with me for 14 days - then she chewed
through the ropes and got free." He was good - and the
quote from Ross. "I had prostate cancer - and I haven't
touched like that in a while" should seal the deal for
him to advance.
Contestant #13 - Tammy Pescatelly's dad just had
a heart attack - so she's doing this set for him. She
talks to Monty about it - then she talks to the audience
about mobsters. "I say, Pop, I shot a pilot, he says
don't talk about that over the phone." She was ok - but
I'm guessing based on what she has to deal with, she
Contestant #14 - Ty Barnett. He does a scene
about black preacher and talking which does absolutely
nothing for me.
Contestant #15 - Eddie Ifft. "I know what you're
all saying - why is Clay Aiken auditioning for Last
Comic Standing?" He talks about strolling around in
Amsterdam looking for his baby. Eh.
Contestant #16 - Sharon Houston. Who? She used a
performance the night before to set up her material -
and it seems like she should have used different
material. She thought that it sucked - and based on the
judges reactions, she isn't going anywhere. Eddie
consoles her and offers to make out with him that night.
Contestant #17 - Dan Naturman. Dan wants to know
why you have to pay a dollar to hear a song and why
everyone else gets to listen for free. He is much better
than yesterday and as he is in a field of relatively
mediocre performances, he should get in.
Contestant #18 - Jim Wiggins. "We were concerned
about having kids. We read that one out of every five
kids born out there is Chinese. Our oldest son has 10
kids - two of them Chinese." Jim tells Colin that if he
gets into the house, he'll be the Last Comic Breathing.
He's a lock.
Contestant #19 - Jay London. He has pages and
pages of the group of jokes that he will be doing (very
similar to Dat Phan). "You may recognize me - I'm the
fourth guy from the left on the evolutionary chart... I
went to a music store, asked for 50 Cent and they threw
me out for panhandling." I liked him, but the audience
sort of fell flat so I'm not too sure on him.
Contestant #20 - Retha Jones. "Janet Jackson is
getting old too...she didn't pop out - she flopped out."
As she goes after reality TV, I feel that she was MUCH
better than the first show - but will her x-rated
content keep her out of the finals?
Contestant #21 - Rick Kunkler. Who? He talks
about Wheel of Fortune and pot smoking - which does
absolutely nothing for me.
Contestant #22 - Trianna the stripper. "At least
when I'm stripping I'm seeing monetary results." She
keeps the stripper shtick going into training school.
"The real good strippers can pick up a dollar bill and
make change." She was ok, but I don't know if OK is
going to be good enough here.
Contestant #23 - Tim Young. He talks about cell
phones ad compares that to a relationship. "So Tim do
you believe in the Pope? Well don't you have to, he's a
real guy?" The audience loved him - even if he did
nothing for me.
We are done with the 20 (23) contestants, and it's time
to figure out the Top Ten. Here are mine - Dan A.,
Kerri, John, Monty, Tammy, Dan N., Jim, Marina, Tim, and
Gary. Here are the actual judges - Tim, Marina, Monty,
John, Gary, Kerri, Dan A., Dan N., Tammy and... Jay.
Whoa. I did get 9 of them right, and I'm glad that Jay
got in - but I'm wondering how Jim Wiggins got left out.
Rick realized that he didn't do his best, while Trianna
realizes that she can now be a famous stripper. Retha is
frustrated that she isn't getting anywhere - but Jim is
happy that he got this far.
More reactions - Tom, though disappointed, was thrilled
that his wife got in. Dan is thrilled that his dad got
to see him succeed. Monty and his family was just as
thrilled. As we see the credits , we notice that some of
the judges have has experience with some of the
contestants - and that the judging was based on the past
interactions as well as the current ones. Well, that
absolves them of legal responsibility, but how will that
hold up when they get to the finals?
That happens next week. We'll see if Drew and Brett have
anything to legitimately complain about when we see what
they saw in 6 days.