Last Comic Standing

Last Comic Standing is a TV knockout competition for aspiring stand-up comedians. Every season starts with open auditions, with contestants forming a semifinal group of 40. The group of 40 became a group of twenty, giving way to ten finalists.

Tropes featured include:

  • Hide And No Seek: The other comics tricked Dat Phan (the eventual winner) into a game of hide-and-seek, waited for him to hide, and then went about their business as before.
  • I'm Going to Hell for This: A large part of Josh Blue's routine consisted of jokes about his difficulties with cerebral palsy. After a few of those went over well, he yelled at the audience, "You're all going to hell for laughing at me!"
  • One Judge to Rule Them All: There was a panel of four celebrity judges in the Season 2 semifinals. However, it was revealed that the unseen producers' votes counted for 50% of each contestant's score, with the total scores from the celebrity judges counting for the other 50%.
  • Product Placement: The network tried to play it straight by having a minion from the then-upcoming Despicable Me show up as an auditionee. It might not have been a good idea to do that with a judging panel of Deadpan Snarkers.
    Natasha: I can't wait to see Steve Carrell in Despicable Me starring Steve Carell...Steve Carell.
  • Reality TV Show Mansion
  • The Runner Up Takes It All: Ralphie May and Alonzo Bodden are more well-known than Dat Phan and John Heffron, respectively.