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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


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EP: Peter Engel, Barry Katz, Jay Mohr, Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz
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Airs: Tuesdays at 9:00pm ET on NBC


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The Final Six Results - August 5

After watching the comedy routines of the best 6 left in the game, we will be seeing who will be the Top 3 left in the game. Jay M. announces that the comedians will be divided into three groups of two. Each group has one person that advances to the final three - and one person who doesn't. Each person in the duo will perform their skit, and then the winning comedian will be announced.

After having to endure a forgettable joke sequence from Jay Mohr, a recap of what's happened so far, and a reintroduction of the comics, we finally get to see the pairings. The first duo is... Gary Gulman and Tammy Pescatelli. Hmmm.. this is interesting, as I didn't think either of their material was wonderful on Tuesday - yet one of them will be in the finals.

Hopefully, they will come up with some better stuff in this show, as all of the comics get to have one last performance. Gary starts us off by wondering how we have space shuttles before self-adhesive postage stamps. "Every banana that I've ever eaten has had a sticker. It took you 500 years to catch up to Chiquita. Way to go." He also talks about having a boyfriend in prison (?). Uhhh...ok.

Tammy Pescatelli is up next. She talks about the 130 degree weather. "Today it be hot. Tomorrow it be hot. It be hot all week. Back to you, Habib." She continues to make fun of Iraqi culture and women's facial hair, and I am still wondering how either of these two got into the final three.

Well, one of them did, and as for who, we're going to find out. The winner of this group is... Gary! He advances on and hugs Tammy. We see the Tammy montage, as she says that it's been a wonderful experience.

The next duo is... Kathleen Madigan and John Heffron, which means that Alonzo and Jay are in the final duo group. John gets to go first, and he talks about life in the third grade and how that can haunt you. This was pretty bad, but fortunately for him, this material doesn't count for the final three.

What does Kathleen counter with? Landing on the Grand Canyon and making fun of a slow drawl - and how Stan can't possibly have one. "Hi. Welcome to Hell. Before I set you on fire, I made you a pie." She also talks about how celebrities are dumb enough to be DWI. "You can afford a cab. In fact, you can afford to get the Clydesdales to pick you up in their own beer wagon." Also not as good as Tuesday, but she was pretty funny.

I thought Kathleen and John both put on very solid efforts last night. Neither of them had wonderful skits, but they aren't graded on today's efforts. I would think that Kathleen would have the edge over the women - but she is paired up against John, who was also excellent on Tuesday. It would be much more dramatic that if one of the women advanced, they would put up both female alliancers against each other - but they don't, which means that I think that neither of the women made it to the finals. I am correct, as John gets the win - and a well-deserved one at that.

Our final pairing is Jay London and Alonzo Bodden. Jay starts with "People read me but they don't subscribe." "The audition called for 12 people to dress up like clouds. 14 people shows up and it was automatically overcast." Jay may not be for everyone's tastes, but I think he's great.

Here's someone who I also think is great - Alonzo. He goes for the racism in sports. "I don't like hockey, because the only thing that's black is the puck, and people are hitting it with a stick. Now golf, on the other hand... there's a reason why Tiger hits the ball that far." He also goes after NASCAR. "I can make fun of NASCAR fans, because if they chase me, I just turn right." Once again, another killer set from Alonzo.  I think this pairing spells trouble for Mr. London. If Jay was up against someone like Gary or Tammy, I would think that he has a shot - but not against Alonzo, who absolutely blew away John and Corey Holcomb 2 weeks ago and who easily had the best set of the night. The final spot goes to... Mr. Bodden, who is thrilled to be in the Final Three - and who gets to share some air time with his father. We get the bye-bye montage from Jay London and he walks out. Thank You.

Our final three are Alonzo Bodden, Gary Gulman and John Heffron. One of them wins $50,000 and a developmental NBC contract. The other two get to be on Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman, and a host of syndicated celebrity game shows - which isn't a bad runner-up gig. Does Jay London have the number for Balderdash?

My take? Well, that surprised me. I expected to see Alonzo in the Top three, and I can see how John, who put on a dynamite set, could have been there as well. Gary? He surprised me because I didn't think his material was as strong as someone like Kathleen, but he was spun in a positive light on the show, and I can see that sentiment advancing him to the finals.

My other take? We get a commercial advertisement for Last Comic Standing 3. This time around, it's the comics from LCS 1 Vs. the Comics from LCS 2 in a weekly showdown until somebody wins. Now THAT'S what the show should have been in the first place and I am all for it. KEEP THE HOUSE/CASTLE/LOVE NEST/WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT OUT OF THE SHOW!!!!!

But before we get these, we have to see who wins LCS2. Who do I think it will be? I think that Alonzo has the clear edge, as he has already beaten John Heffron in a head-to-head-to head comedy competition. I think it's Alonzo's to lose, but I think that John can pull off the upset and Gary could be a fascinating dark horse.

There's only one way to find out who wins, and that's to tune in next Tuesday. We get a two hour special of fast fun, fast laughs, and 105 minutes worth of space-filler. I'll be here waiting.

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