Last Comic Standing returns: Season 7 auditions, a June premiere, and advice from a former winner
Are you ready for the seventh season of Last Comic Standing? Dozens of would-be comedians already are, judging by the Tweets I'm reading from Chucklemonkey, who already is in line outside of the Hollywood Improv. Wait. Don't the auditions take place tomorrow? Yep. But as of four hours ago, Chucklemonkey told us there were at least 45 aspiring comedians in line at Hollywood. Yikes.
If you follow Last Comic Standing on Facebook, you can learn some "helpful" tips. Not helpful enough to tell you that you'll have a much better shot if you have an agent and manager who can negotiate a scheduled appointment for you, and even better if you're repped by Barry Katz and New Wave, since they're behind the scenes of LCS. Which also means that even though LCS is only holding open calls in Hollywood and New York City, New Wave presided over local comedy showcases in recent months in both Chicago and Boston, so some stand-ups there already have gotten an initial look-see for the show.
Among the tips from LCS: Auditions run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (March 6 in Hollywood, March 21 in NYC), with no guarantee on how many people the "judges" will see. No parking. Bring a picture ID and proof of U.S. citizenship. There's lots of paperwork to fill out. You get two minutes for your initial audition. You must be at least 18 years old. And if you get passed through to the showcase, those are happening March 7-8 at the Improv in Hollywood, and March 21-22 at Gotham in NYC. Check those club links or Laugh Stub if you want to be in the audience for those showcases and watch the sausages get cooked. The series will return to NBC airwaves with new host Craig Robinson on Monday, June 7, with episodes penciled in through the summer at 9 p.m. Mondays.
In the meantime, former LCS winner John Heffron wants to sell you on his new program, called Perfect State University, which purports to put you in the "perfect state" to perform each and every time you get onstage, whether it's a comedy club show, a one-nighter hell gig, or a big audition. Heffron explained to me: "The big thing I want to get across is IT'S NOT A MOTIVATIONAL tape. Just some easy stuff to help with nerves before stage. I'm not a guru just tying to give back a little, that's all." All for the low, low price of $20-$27.
Well, let him explain it himself with his "mind coach" Andy.