NBC'S HIT SUMMER SERIES 'LAST COMIC STANDING' RETURNS TO THE PARIS HOTEL IN LAS VEGAS, NV TO NARROW THE FIELD FROM 20 TO 10 COMICS ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26

CONFIRMED CELEBRITY TALENT SCOUTS INCLUDE DREW CAREY, BRETT BUTLER AND ANTHONY CLARK



BURBANK, Calif. -- February 24, 2004 -- For its second season, NBC's "Last Comic Standing" will return to the Paris Las Vegas where last year's winner Dat Phan won an exclusive NBC contract and a special on Comedy Central. Hosted by comedian Jay Mohr, this episode will determine which of the 20 comics will be chosen to live in a house together as they vie for an exclusive contract with NBC and the title of "Last Comic Standing." As with season one, the 10 final comedians will be selected by a team of celebrity talent scouts, including Drew Carey, Brett Butler and Anthony Clark. The 20 finalists competing in this February 26 show were selected earlier this year from regional searches nationwide and semi-finals held in New York.

Last summer, 8.3 million viewers tuned-in weekly to watch the summer series "Last Comic Standing" as thousands of aspiring and professional comedians attempted to earn the title "Last Comic Standing." In the end, Dat Phan was voted by America to be the "Last Comic Standing." Since he won, Phan has become the headlining act at comedy clubs nationwide and recently made his acting debut.

This year, veteran producers Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves have joined the show as executive producers. Cutforth and Lipsitz's credits include the second season of "Project Greenlight" and Bravo's upcoming series "Project Runway."

"Last Comic Standing" is a Peter Engel Production in association with Giraffe Productions and NBC Studios. Peter Engel, Barry Katz, Jay Mohr, Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serve as executive producers.