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/Creator: Jay Mohr
EP: Peter Engel, Barry Katz, Jay Mohr, Dan Cutforth,
Packager: Peter Engel Productions, Giraffe Productions,
Airs: Tuesdays at 9:00pm ET on NBC
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The Final Three - August 10
Or... "How to do recaps on 3 hours sleep"... The first
twist to this finale show is... this isn't the finale.
The actual finale is on Thursday. The final competition,
however, is tonight, as the three comedians put on one
last show to get our votes. That should take around 30
minutes - but the program is 2 hours long. What to fill
For starters, how's about an opening montage of what's
happened for the show?
We get that - and a description of the prizes (though
leaving out the $50,000 in bonus cash). We also get an
intro from Jay Mohr, telling us that we will be seeing
the best of the best, the best of the worst, and special
performances from some of the people who didn't get to
First, we'll say hi to the seven people who didn't get
to the finals - including (unfortunately) Todd Glass,
who Jay describes accurately as a drunk Treat Williams.
Then we'll say hi again to Mark and Ross as we get to
see the Best of the Worst montage. These are the
comedians who we are fortunate not to see on our screen
- except in space-filler moments like this.
Fast-forwarding through that garbage, we will get to see
someone who didn't make it from the Florida auditions -
but someone who will get to perform tonight. It's
Grandma Lee! (See the recaps from the first few weeks
for details). "When I die, I want my ashes to be
sprinkled across Krispy Kreme, so I know my big fat
daughters will come visit me a few times a week." She
actually had a good set, and I wouldn't mind seeing her
in the house next year. I wonder if this is the
producers way of showing us a sneak preview to get the
ratings up for LCS 4?
We get more footage of the bad comics - which is
actually not new footage, but old footage that maybe the
producers would hope we forget. We get to be
reacquainted with the Arnold and Michael Jackson
impersonations. We get some more silly voices - and then
we get an appearance by Marina Franklin! She talks about
Baptist Church and name origins. She's cure - but she
had the same problems as last time - cute material, but
not broad enough for a diverse audience.
The next montage - highlights (or lowlights) of the
Friar's Club. We then get another profile of Jay London
- and another interview of him. No offense, since I like
Jay, but didn't we already see 2 weeks worth?
We see both Alonzo and Gary studying for their final
A contractual obligation kept the next guest from
getting in the house. That person is Jim Norton - and he
now gets to perform for us. He talks about dating and
diseases - but not together. He's ok, and ok in this
case is better than at least 3 of the comics, so its not
a bad thing.
Speaking of not funny, we get an impersonation of
impersonations. Then we get a montage of the castle that
the comedians stayed in. We see Todd being annoying -
again - and then a montage of what other comedians
thought of the three finalists. We have John talking
about Jay London's eating habits, Gary going after ANT's
laugh and all of the comics being sick of ANT's accent
joke. ANT's advice? Don't pretend to be gay - and then
make sure you sleep with Jay Mohr, which prompts him to
take off his shirt and lick (?) ANT.
Next up? Crushes. Todd and Bonnie, ANT and Jay London,
Todd and Jay London, Jay and Tammy, Tammy and a garden
gnome in the back, Kathleen and Rusty the dog, Gary and
Todd. Alonzo? "I told Gary he better be that happy when
he sees his girlfriend." The influence of ANT?
After the comedians whine about their physique on the
show. Jay promises after that sketch that we will
actually see comedians. We may actually get to see some
original funny material.
So what did I just spend my first hour doing? ABSOLUTELY
After ANOTHER montage (this time a no word, just sound
effects montage) featuring the final three comics, and
after ANOTHER sketch with Todd (maybe Todd was the
person who slept with Jay). Jay finally gets to give us
comedy from... himself, as he teases math. "What's 2A
plus 2B? ABBA?" Stay in school, kids. Please.
75 minutes into the show, and we FINALLY get to see
Alonzo Bodden.. well, a montage of him. After that, he
FINALLY comes out and we get to see his last comedy
routine. The target? Dating and animals. "You ever make
love in the room with a 90 pound husky? You want her to
enjoy herself - but you don't want her to scream... If
you're with a group of women, and you don't get laid,
one of them has to take one for the team." Though not as
good as he has been, he was very good, and the audience
gives him a standing ovation.
The second finalist is Gary Gulman. He seems to be
getting catcalls, and based on that, I figure that's why
he is here - because so far, it hasn't been his
material. He talks about growing up with a dad who's 50.
"When we both go to the movies, we both get discounts."
He also talks about the new vision at Fig Newton and
wondering what a fig looks like. "I'll shove you in
there if I think it's going to get product. I'm tired of
getting our asses kicked in by the Girl Scouts." Next
up? The Olympics. "They ask (the figure skaters) the
dumbest questions. How do you think you fell... it was
slippery out there. It was like there was a whole sheet
of ice." He still doesn't do much for me, though he also
got a standing ovation.
Finally, it's John Heffron, who in my eyes, is probably
the most improved comic in the group. He uses a
combination of verbal and physical movement for comedy.
He talks about his new wife and the laundry on the
stairs. "Apparently, it's there to be moved up... we
also have baby stuff right next to the door. I always
though that meant to no longer use that door." He also
talks about clutter and how to do things without his
wife knowing. "Don't hire the stripper with the
glitter." He was very funny - maybe the best that I've
seen him. Was he funny enough to make up the ground he
was trailing Alonzo?
My take? I still think it's Alonzo's to lose, but John
is certainly up there and with Gary's charisma, he
certainly could be a player in this. Here is who I
thought did what -
Who wins? We'll all see on Thursday. Join us for the
June 8 - Auditions
June 9 - New York Semis
June 15 - Vegas Finals (1)
June 16 - Vegas Finals (2)
June 22 - Into the House
June 29 - The Tour Bus
July 6 - Roast Challenge
July 13 - One For the Kids
July 20 - Return of the Eliminated
July 27 - The Wild Card
July 29 - The Wild Card Results
August 3 - The Final Six
August 5 - From 6 to 3