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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Week One - August 31
In this corner... LCS1!!!! And in this corner...
LCS2!!!! Who will reign victorious? Who's cuisine reigns
Well, maybe not cuisine, unless comedy be the food of
kings. The ten comics in the house from LCS1 will be
going up the 10 comics in the house from LCS2 - winner
Well, make that the 9 comics from LCS2. Bonnie McFarland
has decided that she doesn't want to partake in another
competition. Read: After getting destroyed by the
public, she figures that she's not sticking around for
long anyways, and she really doesn't want to spend a
week with a bunch of people that she spent months
trashing. That now means that the comics will be
bringing in a replacement comic, and that person will
be... Jessica Kirson!
Wha? I don't see how that is a comics decision, as if it
was, Jim Wiggins would certainly be there instead. It
turns out that they could only pick a woman, which
explains why Wiggins and Dan Naturman are cursing at the
screen. I'm also guessing they didn't want anyone
upstaging the comics up there and were looking for
someone who would be making an early exit.
And how do the comics make an entrance or exit? Think
Star Search combined with the Road Rules/Real World
competition. The comedians will be divided into two
groups. After the performances, the audience will be
calling in for two reasons - #1. The team with the most
votes wins $50,000, while the comic in each group with
the least amount of votes is eliminated. At the end, the
last person from LCS1 goes up against the last person
from LCS2 for the championship.
I would go into the review of the comics, but you should
all know them by now, and I will give you a quick
reference point to each person as we quickly bring back
the comics for a refresher...
Dat Phan - Vietnamese winner who wasn't very
Ralphie May - Big fat guy who was funny and who
should have won
Rich Vos - Wisecracking guy who is divorced - my
Cory Kahaney - the 'good' female in the group
Tess Drake - African American who can be funny if
she lays off the dirty material
Dave Mordal - Very funny guy who lost bizarrely
to Dat Phan
Rob Cantrell - He was the inexperienced comic -
can he do better now?
Tere Joyce - Blonde spikey hair woman who fell to
Geoff Brown - Not really funny African American
comic who also lost to Dat Phan
Sean Kent - Angry Texan who was recovering from
cancer - first comic eliminated
John Heffron - The second winner who was funnier
than Dat - but who shouldn't have won and shouldn't have
even been here if not for being the nepotistic godson of
the producers and Heffron's ex-talent agents.
Alonzo Bodden - He should have won, but the bald
African American came in second
Gary Gulman - How did he get into the Top Three?
Kathleen Madigan - The 'good' female here in this
Tammy Pescatelli - has the Italian schtick down
to a 'T'
Jay London - He's in the Beyond department. Thank
Corey Holcomb - The ghetto portion of the show
ANT - It doesn't take Scooby Doo to figure out
this mystery of this openly gay comic
Todd Glass - Why is he here? Oh yeah, he knows
everyone connected to the show
Jessica Kirson - Seems like a nice girl - seems
like cannon fodder.
The comics have to go to the 'War Room', as they select
five comics of the 'opposing' team to compete. The other
5 will compete on the next show. The five selected by
LCS 1 are Jessica, Todd, Alonzo, John and Tammy, while
LCS2 selects Rich, Dave, Tess, Cory and Ralphie.
I would say that Jessica would be toast right now,
except that she is grouped with Todd and she may have a
chance. Meanwhile, LCS2 is smart by sticking the 5
powerhouse comics together, forcing one of the good ones
After a Jay intro, Jessica starts off, and we see a
traditional Jessica making noises and doing silly faces
skit before her mike turns off. We get reminded by Jay
that you only get 2 minutes, and then the microphones
gets turned off on you. She gets countered by Corey
Kahaney, who talks about having a baby and her husband,
who is a lawyer. They were both decent, but with the
levels being ratcheted up, I don't know if decent is
John Heffron starts us off by talking about video games.
He repeated material from his earlier audition, which to
me is a major no-no. It was good stuff, but still, a
repeat about running up hills and getting schooled by
his nephew is still a repeat (though nice original
material about cheat codes for women). Tess talks about
Janet Jackson and pulling a wardrobe malfunction, which
I would find funny if I haven't heard the same material
repeated (by Bonnie McFarland, nonetheless) 75,000 times
already. Tammy comes out being Sicilian - this time
going after their fashions and clothing sense. She is
actually pretty funny and her stuff is solid.
None of that, however, holds a candle to Ralphie May's
set. He talks about the passing of his father, and his
set is all about the jokes his dad told him when he was
a kid. Wow. His set blew me and the audience away - not
because it was funny (which it wasn't), but because of
all of the raw emotion that went into it. The audience
gave him a standing ovation - and rightly so.
Going after Ralphie? Todd. He is his traditionally
annoying self with his jokes. I am guessing that he does
have a following, but still, this is painful to watch.
Someone who is in that same vein - but who is funny, is
Richard Vos, as he goes into what happened to him after
the show and how life still stinks. Now THAT'S the sort
of stuff that is funny - to me, anyways.
We finish LCS2 with Alonzo Bodden, who trashes the
Olympics. A lot of his stuff recently has been in the
sports skein, and even though it may hurt him later, it
won't hurt him now, and using an NBC property is very
clever. Also almost as clever? Dave Mordal, who talks
about cows and electric cars. He reminds me a lot of
Dave Barry - and I love his material.
Top Ranked - Dave, Alonzo, Ralphie, Rich
Good - Tammy, John
Eh - Tess, Cory
14:59 - Todd, Jessica
Team that should win the first round - LCS 1
Gone - Jessica, Cory
We get another episode this week, so we'll see what
happens... and we'll see the other 10 comics.