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,
Packager: Peter Engel Productions, Giraffe Productions,
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Episode 2.4 - June 16
Last night, 5 people got into the house - and all was
good. Tonight promises to be a bit nastier as ten more
people audition - but only 5 get in. This should be the
Drew Carey temper tantrum episode - we'll see if it is
We start off with frenetic comics - and Jay London
doesn't know what he's going to do in terms of his act.
Jim Norton wants to get into the house, while Alonzo
Boden is ready to go...
...but one of those people isn't going. Jim Norton has a
contract conflict and he is told that he can't continue.
Mr. Norton gets the boot - but he is told that he can
try next year. He doesn't get to go on, which leaves 9
comedians. They then go to the first alternate
contestant... Jim Wiggins. Jim will get another shot at
the house, but first he has to get there. Jim has a
problem of his own - he is in Topeka, Kansas and he has
to get to Vegas. Jim says that he will be there, adding
that he is 'stunningly lovely.'
Brett Butler seems stunningly lovely tonight - and he
joins Drew, Tess and Anthony as the judges. Jay sits
besides them, and away we go with...
Comedian #1 - John Heffron. He repeats his hair cutting
mommy jokes. He does add some material with the kid in
the supermarket who wants to go home. It's cute, but I
don't know if it's good enough, though the standing
ovation tells me that it is.
Comedian #2 - Marina Franklin. She goes to the Haitian
jokes and the comedians without sass. It's cute and all,
but it's regional humor, and that (which did in earlier
comedians) will probably be her undoing too.
Comedian #3 - Dan Naturman. He calls his apartment
"Early American Crackhouse"' as he talks about gift
certificates. "I never understood the idea of gift
certificates, because instead of giving me a $50 gift
certificate, he could have given me - 50 bucks." He
talks about prison and he also gets a standing ovation.
The material was funny, and he should also get in.
Comedian #4 - Sue Costello, who turns to comedy after
splitting with her boyfriend of 7 years. "I never want
to get so old that I can't pluck that one billy goat
hair on my chin." She talks about Latino women vs. Irish
women's sexuality, which is funny, but it doesn't seem
like she will match the very strong caliber of the acts
Comedian #5 - Todd Glass. We get a 5 minute synopsis
about him annoying everyone, which means that he gets
into the house regardless of how bad he is on stage.
This is a good thing for him, because he is truly awful.
He tells the audience to shut up and he completely
bombs. He talks about using roller blades to get on the
treadmill and he repeats the uterus joke. I am in pain -
but not from laughing. I am guessing that he gets in and
the controversy starts when replaces someone who should
have gotten in.
I am hoping that Comedian #6 - Jay London - is better
than he has been, because I also think that he gets in
the house regardless. He starts off with repeated
material - but this audience seems to enjoy it more than
the previous audience. Drew and Brett go nuts, and he
also gets a standing ovation. He is an absolute lock to
get into the house.
Jim Wiggins update - he's now in the airport.
Fortunately for him, this was around 90 minutes before
the show started, so he'll get there in time. He's happy
that he gets a second chance. Will he get it? Or will he
also be part of the controversy?
Comedian #7 - Tammy Pescatelli. Her mom and dad are
still at home as mom ells her that dad will be ok from
his heart surgery. She talks about how they got kicked
off the happiest place on Earth and repeats the family
relations joke. "Kobe Bryant, after getting caught
cheating, got his wife a 4 million dollar ring. You
cheat on me and buy me a 4 million dollar diamond ring,
I'll be looking for women for you... Give it up, girlie,
I need a house in Cabo." The audience also liked her
shtick better, and she is looking good to get in.
Comedian #8 - Alonzo Boden has come back from alcohol
and crack to get into the house. He busts on camping
("I'm going to work all year and now pretend I'm
homeless.") and transportation ("Black people don't feel
comfortable coming to work by boat - you got us there
once before." He also does stereotypes, and even though
he got bleeped at the end, he was hysterical. Jay even
commented that he used a completely different set and he
has to be a lock too.
Comedian #9 - DC Benny, who has had dreams that he
forgot his act. I hope not, because he's pretty funny.
Well, he was, before the shtick. He talks about the
homeless and people on drugs and Indian rap - but he
didn't do his homework and although that stuff works
well in NYC, it doesn't in Vegas. "That was brutal... I
may have sabotaged myself." Bye, Benny.
Comedian #10 - Jim Wiggins. He repeats his old material,
but it hits well with the audience. He also gets a
standing ovation and you have to think that he would be
a sentimental favorite. Still, he did repeat his
material - did it cost him a second chance?
This is really tough, because the talent was clearly
here and I think some people who would have been in the
first group would have made it. My favorites are Dan,
Jay, Tammy, Alonzo and Jim, but I can't see the annoying
Todd not coming back to annoy the comedians, so I'll say
that Todd gets in at the expense of Jim, who repeated
his whole set and who was on the outside looking in,
Jay is back to tell us who the last 5 people to get into
the house are. Those people are - Alonzo, Tammy (who
immediately runs and hugs ANT), Todd (and you could hear
a huge silence from the audience), John (who also hugs
ANT) and Jay. Both Dan and Jim (who both blew Todd out
of the water) are out, and a very stunned Brett and Drew
are mystified. Brett asks "What's going on?" and
immediately leaves the judging area. Drew is just
laughing - but in a uneasy "what the f#ck" sort of
The other comics who were watching were just as stunned,
as Kerri and Jessica both cursed and wondered how Dan
didn't get in and Todd did. Peter Engel, the executive
producer, says that the judges thought that their votes
didn't count. That apparently was whet Brett thought, as
she went down to the comics and told them that the
people who they voted for didn't make the cut and their
votes were thrown out. She told Dan that she and Drew
voted for him, which left an enraged Dan Naturman
telling the cameras that he was done and he wasn't going
to participate in the show any more.
Drew comes over and tells the camera people that 3 out
of the 4 judges did not vote for people who got into the
show. "I call bullsh#t... I don't understand how they
were going to call any of us out here, if they weren't
going to use our votes." Drew was told that there were
actually 8 people voting, not 4 - and that calmed Drew
My take? That info directly contradicts the info that
Jay said on the next day in the press release, which
said that the executive producers only voted when names
weren't on all 4 judges cards. The fact that no one has
given as of now a clear explanation of the rules leads
me to believe that something fishy was going on - and
that certain people (ie. Todd) were getting in the house
based on abrasive personality, and not on what should
have gotten them there - talent. Even Tim Young, one of
the people who didn't get in, concedes that they took
people who weren't as funny, but who were quirkier than
the other contestants.
"It's a shame that this misunderstanding took place,
because it was a great, great night of comedy. We have
ten terrific comedians," says Engel. Maybe, but do you
have the ten best?
Here is who is in the house - Todd Glass, ANT, Bonnie
Here is who is not in the house - Dan Naturman, Jim
Wiggins, Tim Young
The ten best comics are in the house? I think not. Not
by a longshot.
We'll see if there is any fallout from this on the next
episode - and if any of the people who I don't think
should be in the house get ejected rather quickly.
June 8 - Auditions
June 9 - New York Semis
June 15 - Vegas Finals (1)