Day: June 27, 2014

Last Comic Standing 8, The Sketch Challenge, and a double-elimination

Let’s Get Going, America! Two of you must get going, too. Sorry about that. There’s something about watching these TV comedy competitions dress up stand-ups and challenge them in different formats — particularly in this week’s sketch challenge on Last Comic Standing — that reminds me of Mitch Hedberg’s too-true bit about show business and how it often wants to know what else you can do. You’re a chef, sure. But can you farm? Sure, it may seem like a fun idea to put silly wigs and costumes on our 10 stand-up comedians who made the finals, but it’s...

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Funniest Wins, but who’s to say who’s funniest on new TBS competition series?

There is a funny show hidden within Funniest Wins. Perhaps too hidden from view, and viewers. It debuted late last Friday night (with repeats overnight Saturday) on TBS and scared up less than a half-million viewers. More of you watched aspiring comedians on VH1’s I Love The 2000s — as well as programming on TLC, ID, Animal Planet, Syfy, HBO, and WE tv — than tuned in to Funniest Wins. Creator and host Marlon Wayans may have boasted that his first 10 contestants on Funniest Wins had claimed half a billion social media views. But after spelling out the concept...

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Daniel Sloss on Conan

Daniel Sloss returned to Conan on Thursday night to talk about the ladies of Wimbledon, the futility of making videogame soccer a bit too realistic, and the dilemma of Tinder. Timely! Topical! Trendy! Things are not going well for Sloss on all three fronts, which makes for more jokes for you and me. Roll the...

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