Whether you love it or hate it, Last Comic Standing will return for another season. According to Deadline, NBC opened their TCA by announcing the reality stand-up competition would be renewed for it’s ninth season. The series came back this summer after a four-year hiatus. This is the second time the show has been revived.
While some comics have benefited greatly from their moment in the spotlight, some fell victim to the woes of reality television. The eighth, and current, season of LCS underwent a number of format changes. The show held invitationals instead of the mass walk-up auditions, and the show brought on veteran comics to “mentor” the finalists on their journey. For it’s ninth season, I’d like to recommend a few more: 1) make the judges people who currently are very active stand-ups (the judge should be in touch with today’s comedy); and 2) maybe don’t immediately critique the act in front of the comic. I realize no.2 will never happen. That’s the hot “reality” element the show wants, but it’s much more respectful (and less brutal to watch)l. It’s hard to tell a comic what they did was bad when an entire room just died laughing at their act.
The eighth season of Last Comic Standing is currently down to its last seven comics, with only five more episodes left. LCS airs on NBC on Thursdays at 10/9c.