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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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Episode 2 - September 2

We survived ten performing comics, and one team will be $50,000 richer - but they will split it with the audience. So says Jay Mohr, who will be setting up the stage for the second half of the comics to perform.

However, it's time to finish some old business. The team with the most votes is... LCS... 2! They all get $5,000 each, but the people who will be eliminated won't be revealed until the end of the show.

So with that, after another Jay spiel, it's time to see the second 5 comics of each group. They get 2 minutes before the mikes get cut off. We'll start with Tere' Joyce, who is promising new material. Well, we didn't get to see enough of her to remember her old material. She brings a drink in a purse and slurps it because they won't let you drink on the bus. She does repeat her shrink act from season 1, but she adds to it with a psychiatrist sketch. She was better than before, but that's not saying a lot and we see our first comedian in peril.

Being described as the love child between Steven Wright and Chewbacca, it's Jay London. "Today I videotaped my hair. Tonight, I'm going to look at the highlights.... Today I bought a package of Ladyfingers, I realized I was missing a finger. I went back to the store and the manager gave me the finger... Do you know that they ribbed condoms and they come with a barbecue sauce?" I love this guy. He's great.

Rob Cantrell is back with us. He has a girlfriend who likes to do it Missionary Style, which means they have to go door to door and say that this is the only way to do it. He talks about spending 4 weeks in Vegas. "They say money talks. All mine ever said was See Ya, Bitch." That's taken right from Red Skelton book of comedy - and Red did it better. This didn't do for me either and Tere' now has some company in the Suck Pond.

Corey Holcomb is looking to join Jay in the good graces department. Uh.... no. "My girlfriend found out that I was messing around with another chick, so she calls my wife." He talks about coming out of the closet in the locker room and I just found him all over the place. Can we create a wading pool for Corey, Tere' and Rob?

Next up - LCS 1 Champion Dat Phan. He talks about races and about being called a Mexicanese. "There aren't many Vietnamese on the air, unless you call John Kerry jumping out of a boat and attacking my uncle", adding that they should interview the Vietnamese people to fins out if Kerry was there. He still shouldn't have won LCS, but that is the best set that I have ever seen him do and he is vastly improved from season 1.

Gary Gulman is next, and he tells celery to call up buffalo wings and to be thankful. He also calls the walrus something that G-d may have created at the last second. "I'll put together the seal, the elephant and Burt Reynolds." This is traditional Gary - meaning mediocre.

Geoff Brown, who missed the Top 5, comes up, and he wants to know why the person who gives you the ketchup packets at the Fast Food place looks like the ketchup is coming out of his budget. He also goes after bad motorists and wonder why the onus of sex is on the size of the man. "I don't have a Ford Excursion, I do have a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Now ladies, if you have underground parking, how is that my fault? You talking about drive around drive around, no, honey, you shouldn't have parked so many cars in there." Wow. Like Dat, this is the best that I have ever heard Geoff and I am wondering where this was for the first season.

Can Kathleen Madigan do anything with that? She goes after George Bush and his speechmaking, with the people telling him that George has to act like an adult. As a democrat, I like her, but how much of the audience did she alienate?

The last LCS 1 guy is the first person out of the house - Sean Kent. He talks about having sex and watching the show. "You could be watching FOX's new show 'Hey put this in your @$$ for money.'" He also talks about using marijuana to make Who's The Boss funny and to think that Bush is invading the moon. Well, it wasn't wonderful, but there are comics who were infinitely worse than he was, so he could get a pass.

Someone who will be getting a pass is the final comic for the night - ANT. "I now live in West Hollywood, where the men are men - and so are the women. Guys, if she's got an apple, she's got a banana - and some grapes and coconuts." He equates the Cub Scouts to drag queens and allowing gays in the military. "What would scare the enemies more than me? Hi, Osama!" This is another great set from a comic that I didn't realize that had that good material in him and this group may be better than I thought.

After a quick plug for tickets to be in the audience for LCS3 and a recap of the episode, Jay announced the eliminated comics. From season one.... Cory Kahaney. From Season 2.... Jessica Kirson. Well, I can't say I am surprised by either of the choices, but I was surprised that LCS2 won the round. As they won that one without really being on against the LCS1 Powerhouses, then they will be winning a lot more...

My rankings for this week?

Top Ranked - Jay, Geoff
Good - Dat, ANT
Eh - Sean, Gary, Kathleen
14:59 - Tere', Corey, Rob

Team that should win the first round - LCS2
Gone - Rob, Corey

Next week, we start the next round, when we go four by four - and some comedians will feel like they have been hit by one as they are showed the door.

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