The rumors are true, and you didn't have to look at NBC's spring and summer schedule to see this was going to happen…Last Comic Standing is coming back out of the network's retirement bin for season 7 sometime later in 2010 (most likely summer).

The show has announced open calls for both Los Angeles and New York City — and ONLY those two cities. Talent scouts for the show told me today that they're going to make it even more competitive this go-around, and are "looking for the cream of the crop." So if you really think you're funny enough to be telling jokes in a primetime network TV contest, be forewarned.

You'll have two minutes at each of the preliminary auditions…

MARCH 6 or 7, 2010 (TBD):  LOS ANGELES, CA IMPROV COMEDY CLUB

MARCH 14, 2010: NEW YORK, NY GOTHAM COMEDY CLUB 

Please send your electronic submissions to lcs7submissions AT gmail DOT com.
Please include name, contact info, and your audition city, as well as any questions.

Last Comic Standing last aired on NBC in 2008, with its finale the night before the Summer Olympics (coincidence that it's coming back after the Winter Olympics?). And its web page is still stuck in 2008 (complete with a promo for the ill-fated American remake of Kath and Kim!). Be on the lookout for an update in the very near future. No word yet on whether Bill Bellamy or Fearne Cotton will return as hosts yet, either.