I just wanted to add this in for a few reasons.
Has anyone else been unimpressed with the level of standup on LCS, or the level of standup going on now in general?
Listening to some (not all) people, i've come to the conclusion that most of the comedians on LCS are too derivative, and from watching comedy central, i've come to the conclusion that most of the comedians in the world aren't that interesting to watch either. maybe the finals will rock my world. who knows.
Perhaps its just the 3-minute showdown format that ruined it for me. Maybe its just that i'm a snobby literati who thinks that comedy for the common man isn't worth listening to. Maybe there are better routes for humor than stand up comedy - like movies, tv shows, writing, political humor, columnists, etc...
anyhows, any comments on the overall quality of the standup on LCS, and the overall quality of standup these days? is it better live than it is on tv?
AND - the other question - if there is really great bust a gut funny standup going on - tell me who you think is really on fire these days. well known or obscure, etc... etc... (Or is standup now like SNL was in the early 90s?)