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A new host and a new set of judges aren't the only changes coming to Last Comic Standing. The NBC reality competition for stand-up comedians also underwent major retooling behind the scenes in anticipation of its return to after four years off the air.
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- Kate Stanhope
After four years off the air, "Last Comic Standing" is returning with a star co-executive producer (Wanda Sykes), new judges, an intriguing prize and a new selection process. But when new judge Keenen Ivory Wayans answered the question, he went for the joke. "Instead of ten drunks in the audience, you get the three of us," he said with a smile. That's funny, but downplays how different this "Last Comic Standing" is going to be. "This season, the prize isn't just $250,000 but a development deal at NBC," executive producer Page Hurwitz said. "We'd like to find the next big thing in comedy who could have their own show on NBC. I don't think that's existed before on NBC." The cattle calls of previous seasons have also been scrapped. "We did things differently this season," Hurwitz added. "Previously, there was always an open call search. Wanda and I looked at thousands »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Twitter is not a comic’s best friend, the producers and judges of NBC’s exhumed Last Comic Standing said today at NBC Press Day. “I want to see you on stage with that mike, then I’m going to get it,” judge Keenen Ivory Wayans said. “I don’t know where the jokes come from when they’re online. It’s not real to me unless I see you with a microphone.” “I enjoy it, because I like to provoke people and get them pissed off,” judge Roseanne Barr jumped in. “The whole heckler thing is why I got into it. I like being fast with the retort…I like to block people too.” Next month, NBC returns Last Comic Standing, with new judges Barr, Wayans, and Russell Peters, new host Jb Smoove , new format, new celebrity guests, and invitation-only auditions. This reality television talent show aired its first »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
NBC has announced that Last Comic Standing will return for a new season on Thursday, May 22nd, at 9pm. The network has ordered 13 one-hour installments.
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Wanda Sykes Will Be Executive Producer for Emmy Award-Nominated Series Set for 13 Episodes
Universal City, Calif. - March 21, 2014 - America's most compelling comedy competition is back Thursday, May 22 (9-11 p.m. Et) when NBC's Emmy Award-nominated series "Last Comic Standing" returns with three new celebrity judges - »
The 13-episode reality competition show will start with 100 American comics, all of whom were invited to audition, vying for 20 spots. The top 10 will move into more challenging rounds consisting of sketch, improve and stand-up comedy.
The winner will take home an NBC talent deal and a half-hour scripted project to be developed by Universal Television.
- Nikara Johns
Roseanne Barr Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Russell Peters will help find the "Last Comic Standing" this May. The returning NBC series revealed that the trip will serve as judges on the upcoming season, which will premiere Thursday, May 22 at 9 p.m. Et. The new season will be hosted by "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Jb Smoove. Following the premiere, "Standing" will move to its regular 10 p.m. Thursday timeslot. The season will consist of 13 one-hour episodes. Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz ("Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious"), are exec producing through their Push It Productions, along with Javier Winnik ("The Marriage Ref"). "We are ready to bring back the funny with this relaunch of ‘Last Comic Standing,’ and can’t wait to discover the next great stand-up," said NBC's Paul Telegdy. "With Keenen, Roseanne and Russell set as our new judges, Jb as host and Wanda, Page and Javier at the helm, there »
- Dave Lewis
NBC‘s reality series Last Comic Standing resumes its search for America’s funniest comic on May 22 at 9 Pm with new judges Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), Keenen Ivory Wayans (In Living Color) and Russell Peters (Notorious) and Jb Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) tapped as host. The network is promising innovative format changes, surprise celebrity guests and unexpected twists in 13-episode Season 8, which will open with invitation-only auditions. Last Comic Standing features the top 100 comics in America vying for 20 spots. These 20 will then compete in a semifinal round and the best of the best will emerge, with the top 10 moving into the challenge rounds. In this phase, they will compete in different comedy disciplines, such as sketch, improv and stand-up, proving themselves both individually and in teams. The series will air Thursdays at 10 Pm following the premiere. Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz of Push It Prods. executive produce for Universal Television through their deal with the studio, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Some quick TV news you should know: First, Wanda Sykes and her production partner Page Hurwitz are developing a yet-to-be-titled comedy project for Nickelodeon's NickMom nighttime comedy block for mothers. The deal comes on the heels of Sykes/Hurwitz signing a first-look deal with NBC/Universal TV to develop and produce unscripted projects. Sykes was also just on Own: The Oprah Winfrey Network's lineup, with two more installments of Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious, which aired on Saturday, January 4 and January 11. "We are thrilled to be collaborating with the talented Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz of Push It Productions, Inc. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Some quick TV news you should know: First, Wanda Sykes and her production partner Page Hurwitz are developing a yet-to-be-titled comedy project for Nickelodeon's NickMom nighttime comedy block for mothers. The deal comes on the heels of Sykes/Hurwitz signing a first-look deal with NBC/Universal TV to develop and produce unscripted projects. Sykes was also just on Own: The Oprah Winfrey Network's lineup, with two more installments of Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious, which aired on Saturday, January 4 and January 11. "We are thrilled to be collaborating with the talented Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz of Push It Productions, Inc. to develop hilarious new content for NickMom," said Bronwen O'Keefe, NickMom Senior VP. And second, Kendrick Sampson has booked a role in Fox’s 10-hour miniseries Gracepoint, which is a remake of the UK’s Broadchurch - a series that earned critical acclaim,...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Wanda Sykes is getting into business with Nickelodeon. The comedian and producing partner Page Hurwitz are teaming up with the cabler's NickMom, the nighttime comedy block targeting moms, for an untitled comedy project through the newly inked development deal. The project will join a slate of new series in development for NickMom, from reality competition to a "docu-comedy," and bold-face names like Whoopi Goldberg. The development news comes months after Sykes and Hurwitz, through their Push It production company, inked a pact with NBC to bring back Last Comic Standing in the summer via their Universal TV
- Philiana Ng
NickMom is boistering its programming slate with a new Wanda Sykes deal and a green light for a new dating series geared to single moms and dads, TheWrap has learned. Under a new pact, Sykes and Page Hurwitz’s Push It Productions will develop a comedy project for NickMom, an evening programming block geared to mothers that airs on Nick Jr. Also read: Nickelodeon, USA Network Are 2013′s Most-Watched Basic Cable Channels This is just the latest deal for Push It, which Sykes and Hurwitz founded in 2012. The company currently has a production deal with NBC, produces “Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious” for Own. »
- Jethro Nededog
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