I haven’t been writing very much recently. I keep writing half an entry, getting bored, and go off to play video games or watch TV instead. Oops. But I did want to say a few things about season four of Last Comic Standing, which ended this week. Spoilers below!
Random thoughts about the entire season, in no particular order:
My overall impression: Worse than the second season, better than the third, way better than the first. But I didn’t actually see most of the first season, so I’m basing my impression of it on the third season.
The house: Didn’t the second season spend a lot more time in the house with challenges and the reality TV stuff before getting to the television audience? The three-at-a-time head to heads were new, and I don’t think it worked. For one thing, all those ties meant that no one really competed with the people they voted for.
Roz: Episode eight restored my faith in the American television audience. From the beginning, I never thought Roz was at all funny, but I was beginning to think I was the only one. I kept watching in horror as people kept laughing, and had this fear that she would make it all the way to the end. That she was the first one voted off by the television audience makes me feel a lot better.
Chris Porter: For some reason, Chris always felt to me like the guy who was going to win. I always thought he should have won, but at any given time, he was never actually the funniest comic. Odd; I guess he’s the one of the final five who looked and acted most like a traditional standup comic.
Josh Blue: He’s funny, sure, but he always makes me a little nervous, because I’m not entirely sure there isn’t some amount of pity mixed in with the laughter.
Marc Price: Okay, so he probably wasn’t that funny, but wouldn’t it have been great to see Skippy on TV again?
Gary Goldman: I remember I used to think he was the funniest comic in season two. Either he’s gotten a lot less funny, or I was in need of some serious mental help.
John Heffron: Also less funny than he was previously.
Jay London: I never thought Jay London was funny, and stil don’t. But is there anyone from season two who we didn’t get to see perform? Well, I guess there’s always Ant.
Alonzo Bodden: Funny. If anyone deserves to be Last Comic Standing, he does.
Dat Phan: Is it me, or was he actually funny this time? He made me laugh a few times, which is more than he ever did in seasons one or three.
Michele Balan: I was sad to see her go. I thought she was genuinely funny. I’m not sure she was funnier than the final three, but I’m not sure she wasn’t.
Ty Barnett: I thought he was very funny, up until the last few episodes. I think he started to run out of material.
Jay Mohr: I was not expecting to ever see him on Last Comic Standing again, after the whole thing around the last episode of season three, and of course, that he wasn’t hosting this year. But it was good to see him. Funny.
The penultimate episode: For some reason, I thought Tuesday was going to be the final episode. So I was surprised when I sat down in front of the TV Wednesday evening and discovered that TiVo had recorded not one but two episodes of Last Comic Standing. And even more surprised when I discovered that the second episode was 90 minutes instead of an hour. So instead of having an hour of television to watch, I had two and a half hours, and I didn’t get nearly as much sleep as I expected.
Last Comic Downloaded: Who were these guys, and why did they get to perform on the last two episodes alongside real comics who were good enough to make it to television?
The last episode: They sure manage to do a good job of stretching a single moment (declaring the winner) into an hour and a half of TV. The video recaps were a little gratuitous, though. And what was up with the seance?
Ending this entry: Not sure how. So I’m going to post it and go play Wingnuts 2.