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Last Comic Standing
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality show features comedians competing against one another through stand-up routines. The comedians' material is generally tame, though some of it contains sexual, racial, homophobic, and body-size humor. The judges are occasionally harsh and insulting. In general, the humor is aimed at adults, though most teens will find an occasional laugh.
What's the story?
Take American Idol, mix it with Survivor, and cast it with amateur and circuit comedians and you have LAST COMIC STANDING. This reality competition series proposes to find the funniest person in America (and sometimes even further afield than that) by holding open talent calls and bringing the best candidates back to Hollywood to live together while competing against each another in challenges. Ultimately, the finalists vie for a cash prize, a development deal, and a TV special.
Is it any good?
Overall, the judges tend to be kinder than those on Idol, though some of their comments veer toward the nasty side. Unfortunately, they're not as entertaining as the folks on Idol, either. But luckily, the comedians have a little something to offer to make up for what the judges lack. And thanks to careful editing, viewers are spared many of the groan-inducing moments and treated to only the best jokes.
The comics' material is generally clean, although sexual, racial, mildly homophobic, and fat jokes do pop up. On the downside, many of the jokes tread familiar territory, with only the rare original personality or perspective making an appearance. Occasionally there's some very bad material, but, like Idol, that's sometimes why we watch.