Love to Interrupt
You've seen the best from season
1. You've seen the best from season 2. But which of the comics
of Last Comic Standing is the best period? That's what you,
the viewing public, have to decide.
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Episode 5 - September 25
We are back here with LCS3 - but the audience isn't,
as the ratings continue to slip. How do we know this?
Well, we'll see the results of this later... but first,
the results of last week. The $50,000 goes to... season
2! Why don't you just give the $500,000 to Season 2 and
just fast forward to the finals?
We have a bunch of changes for this episode. For
starters, each team will be assigned a 'guest' comic.
For season 1, It's... Louie Anderson! For Season 2..
it's Carrot Top! I would have thought that this would be
a sheer ploy for ratings, but I have no clue how the
ratings would be increased for someone who was kicked
off of Family Feud and someone who has made a bad string
As for the potential evictees - from Season 1, we have
Geoff Brown or Sean Kent, and from Season 2, we have
Todd Glass and ANT. Meanwhile, on ESPN, Jackie gets cut.
Whoopie. Back to...
...The War Room, where, Jay tells both teams that there
are special instructions in the War Room. The
instructions are as follows.... next week, there will be
a special comedic roast featuring Jay Mohr and Triumph,
the insult comic dog. That may be exciting - but the
more exciting part is that there is a twist. On this
show, only ONE of the three comedians will move on.
Could there be 'cut to the chase' episodes getting cut
here? Looks like it to me...
LCS 1, on the advice of Dave Mordal and his magic paper
clip, have Rich Vos and Tess roasting, while Dat Phan,
Ralphie May and Dave Mordal go to battle. LCS2, who
imitates Ralphie as Kathleen insists he wants to eat his
team and John says that if he eats Dat, he'll be hungry
30 minutes later (in perhaps the funniest segment of the
night) decides to send Jay London, Kathleen Madigan and
John Heffron to battle while Gary Gulman and Alonzo
Bodden will roast.
It's always a really bad sign when the C-level comic
guests are getting much more of a response than the
That's next week - we start tonight with Kathleen
Madigan. She talks about the weather channels
sacrificing an intern to the hurricane and how wonderful
Mexico is that they can get 2 hours worth of rest. She
also jokes about the women who go to Oprah wanting to go
to a giveaway show - and wind up at a depressing show
featuring Indian women. "What the hell? Where are my
free Ug Boots, B!tch?" She ends the skit with the
homeless people living at the Happiest Place on Earth.
She was good, but she's been better in earlier episodes.
Dave Mordal is next - and he talks about telemarketers.
'Someone wants me to make a donation to the missing
children's fund, and I go - how on Earth are they going
to get the kids the money?'. He adds a plug for the Toys
for Tots - and adds a joke on how you can steal toys and
stick them in the box. He also talks about a guy getting
raped twice, and he talks about how he'd be out of there
after the first rape. Not many comics can turn rape into
a joke - but I found it funny. 'One of the questions you
have to answer - why you left your last job. I was raped
twice. Now your employer knows that you're good for at
least one.' He's funnier than Kathleen, but is that
material too controversial?
Someone who hasn't been controversial (until the Dat
Phan joke) is John Heffron. He chats about... the
scissors joke in a complete repeat. He adds a mall joke
about how kids want to be a pirate at the mall. He
completes all of his material - and it reminded me of
the time that he used the almost EXACT SAME routine as
he did in Star Search. He got 8 stars, with two judges
giving him a 1. Will the audience make history repeat
himself? (BTW, who did he lose to? Alonzo Bodden. Yep.)
Dat Phan is up, and I am convinced that he will give me
some original material? No. He gives us material he used
on LCS 1 - and although it is funny, it is still
repeated material on his mom, the Brady Bunch (10 kids,
2 boobies!) and the VIetnamese plan to take over the
U.S. by running every nail salon. Well, since it is two
years ago, maybe the people forgot his material...
But Jay London is unforgettable. 'They are holding a 5
mile fertility run, and the last female across the line
is a rotten egg...I actually had a hurricane named after
me, and then I was turned into a tropical
depression...So what do you think of sex in the 90's?
It's too hot!...They want to tax cigarettes to build
highways? Just remove the tar form the cigarettes.' I
love this guy.
We finish the contestants with Ralphie May, who refuses
to be politically correct. He talks about how everything
should just be Mexican - and the Latin American ones are
the Mexicans who can swim. He also calls the Mexicans
the one mowing his lawn. Indians? 'The brown guy who
fixes my computer'. What about native Indians? 'Nobody
was crying for me last week when I was at the Mohegan
Sun and lost $8 (bleep) thousand dollars.' That would be
controversy for you. How much controversy does the
It's time for the guest comedians, and we start with
Louie Anderson! he starts with his new idea for a comic
- Last Comic Laying Around. He talks about his parents
with their eating habits, and he wants to know with the
Nicotene Patch, when are they coming out with a Nicotene
Jacket. He also talks how people talk to you differently
when you turn 80, and how Willard Scott will give you
props when you are 100. If you have 80 year old
kids...'Hey, turn down that Glenn Miller Crap'. It's a
god thing he isn't on the chopping block...
His opponent - Carrot Top. He has his usual prop list -
like an etch-a-sketch wedding cake for Britney Spears so
she can change the name of who she wants to marry. A
baby holding a set of birth control pills. A mitt
attached to a shield so you can avoid flying chairs. A
charity cup attached to a boxing glove for Mike Tyson. A
guest book attached to panties for Paris Hilton. A
miniature shopping cart for Mary Kate and Ashley. Not
only did he destroy Louie Anderson, but he probably was
the best comic on the show.
We get the recap - and then we get to see who is
eliminated. ANT already has his car keys and is ready to
leave. He gets the heave ho. From Season 1, the person
who is leaving is... Sean Kent. He leaves with a hug for
Jay, while ANT is still parading around the stage.
As for those wacky ratings...
Top Ranked - Carrot Top, Dave Mordal, Kathleen Madigan
Good - Dat Phan, Jay London
Eh - John Heffron, Ralphie May
14:59 - Louie Anderson (and I mean that in every sense
What do I think? Part 1 - Well, how can we spike up the
ratings? I know, let's take the 8pm show and talk about
rape, racism, Mexicans, Indians, bitches and make it
comedy! Did I mention that they are sticking this in an
8pm time slot where kids are watching? Do you wonder why
the ratings are going down quicker than Santa in a
greased chimney? I strongly suggest that for next
summer, when they do this, to stick the show in a 10pm
slot - you'll probably get better ratings. There is no
way you will get ratings with this sort of content in an
What do I think Part 2 - So who wins? Not Louie
Anderson. If we are talking about best comedy for the
episode, it has to be Dave Mordal and Kathleen Madigan.
That being said, we know that voting has a lot to do
with it as well. While Mordal may have a shot to win,
Madigan doesn't. I think John Heffron repeats history
and wins another three-way, while it's a toss-up between
Mordal and Phan, with Mordal getting the edge. BTW, the
three Powerhouses from LCS 1 competing against each
other completely opens the door for Vos, who only has to
go against Geoff and Tess in the roast, while on the
other side, Gary Gulman and Alonzo Bodden will have a
much tougher battle against insult extraordinaire (and
apparent cult crowd carrier) Glass. We'll see how
accurate I am next week.