What good has come out of LCS?
For me, I have discovered a host of new comedians out there that I might never have heard of otherwise, and not just those in the final ten. Rich Franchese, Lang Parker, Martha Kelley - names I will look out for.
I have been to see live stand-up in my area three times since the show started, which I might not have done otherwise. So I've seen other people outside of the show who I'm eager to check out again.
I've started thinking about doing open mike nights. I've been wanting to do this for a long time and have been holding back for a plethora of reasons, but I'm finally actually writing down material. Go me.
And I found the FORT board, where people are having seemingly endless debate not only on the merits of the show but on comedy in general.
So if Jay Mohr's intent was to put stand-up under the spotlight and make it accessible to the American mainstream, he's done it. Essentially it doesn't matter who wins; the ultimate winner is stand-up itself.