Wanda Sykes tells Seth Meyers why Last Comic Standing is invitation only now

“Don’t just show up off the street and think you’re going to come in and do some jokes. Not happening.”

Wanda Sykes said nobody wants to watch a true open-call audition process for stand-up comedians on Last Comic Standing — at least not anymore, as this eighth season was invitation-only, and invited only 100 comedians to compete in televised showcases.

Sykes, executive producer of Last Comic and also one of the mentors to the semifinalists and finalists, also told Seth Meyers on Late Night last night that she didn’t want viewers voting for the winners, either. “I don’t trust America,” she said.

“I am like the damn Republicans of the competition shows. I’m stopping everybody from voting!”

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NBC and Last Comic are doing a big promotional push this week — with Sykes on Late Night, and also judge Keenen Ivory Wayans on Monday’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Fallon’s first night of shows from Orlando. Sykes also will appear on tonight’s Watch What Happens Live on Bravo.

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One thought on “Wanda Sykes tells Seth Meyers why Last Comic Standing is invitation only now

  1. Wanda and Whoopi doing each other would would be a hit.

    There’s a demand for two fat pussies getting down low.

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