Scenes from the line outside Gotham, 60 hours before auditions for NBC’s Last Comic Standing

On may way into Gotham Comedy Club last night to see a show, I saw a half-dozen people sitting along the sidewalk inside parade barricades. They couldn't be. No. Not already? Yes. Already. The "open call" auditions for NBC's Last Comic Standing 7 happen at Gotham on Sunday. But a guy named Angelo from Sicily, Italy (by way of his extended family in Queens) had set up a tent outside the club as early as 5 p.m. Tuesday.

I came back outside at about 9:30 p.m. last night and thought I'd find out who these aspiring comedians were, who were willing to sit in line for another 60 hours — making it a total of 112 hours for Angelo, at least — all for a two-minute audition. As I told them, the odds are overwhelmingly against them. But still they come. From Birmingham, Ala., from D.C., and points around the country, they come here for their big break in comedy. What struck me was how most of them were relative newbies to stand-up. At least they'll get noticed, right? But will it be worth it? Time will tell. And the weather is great. So their relative suffering/enjoyment quotient also is lower. So they've got that going for them.

(Note: YouTube is being weird/slow today — March Madness, anyone? — but if you go to The Comic's Comic YouTube page, you can see the video below. If you have problems seeing the video below, that is.)

Oh, here is that video Angelo was showing me of himself dancing in his long johns if you want to see it.

Earlier: Last Comic Standing 7 audition information, tips and notes.

Related: The show's site for NBC's Last Comic Standing.

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2 thoughts on “Scenes from the line outside Gotham, 60 hours before auditions for NBC’s Last Comic Standing

  1. It’s gotta be newer comics sitting out there waiting. Bigger names have an invite. Mid-level guys just can’t stand the thought of camping out for two minutes of time on a far-fetched audition.
    Personally, if I’m going to wait that long in line, there better be a new Star Wars movie at the end of it.

  2. i was outside for 112 hours in total.i did not leave at all .no one time.they saw me for maybe 2 minutes.but was so nice to me.but i had good time.thankyou for time are good person.!

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