Callbacks continue today in New York City for NBC’s Last Comic Standing, with stand-ups getting interviewed and getting seen multiple times before tonight’s final performances at Gotham Comedy Club. There’s another round set for 2 p.m. In the meantime, last year’s fourth-place finisher, Amy Schumer, took a few moments last night to tell me about what advice she gave to her best friend Jackie Monahan, who’s also auditioning today.

That video includes cameos from Schumer’s mom as well as her friend, comedian Mara Herron. They were all cavorting and celebrating after another intimate live comedy show produced by The Collective, a group of NYC actors who’ve studied together, making for a show that’s both very welcoming for stand-ups and also populated with very attractive actor and model types. Sabina Gadecki, anyone? Last night’s show in Gotham City Improv’s eighth-floor Flatiron space included performances by Arj Barker, Tony Camin and Laurie Kilmartin.

Want to know how LCS can change a comedian’s life? Last year, who knew Amy Schumer? This year, she’s a national headliner. From Feb. 13-17, Schumer co-headlines the Sacramento Punchline with the young genius John Mulaney. They head to the San Francisco Punchline the following week, Feb. 19-23. Tickets available via my Ticketmaster widget!