In the first episode thread, Daddio said:
I thought this was meaty enough to split into it's own topic, especially after all of the talk last year about how Ralphie May and Rich Vos were pre-existing close buddies of Mohr.Originally Posted by Daddio
Costello is far from the only "offender" this year.
Jim Norton is a personal friend of Jay Mohr (part of that same circle with Rich Vos, Colin Quinn, etc.--in fact he's another regular on Quinn's show), and is very well known. He appeared regularly with Mohr on Opie & Anthony's ill-fated radio show (they were on for years and got suddenly canned in one of these complaint-based "decency" raids that are becoming more and more prevalent these days). He's genuinely funny, but a real insider, Ralphie May/Rich Vos style.
Pablo Francisco is a former cast member of Mad TV, and has had several comedy albums.
Kathleen Madigan has been on Letterman (multiple times), Hollywood Squares, and other similar venues.
Will Durst is a friend of Dave Mordal's, and thus the assumption would be that he's unknown, as Mordal was. But even though he hasn't really been on broadcast TV much, he's actually a pretty well known political satirist--who writes for the NY Times and had his own show on PBS.
Tom Cotter has made it at least as far as the Tonight Show. So you know those Tonight Show judges at least knew who he was.
Virtually EVERY one of these folks (Durst being an exception I think) has previously been on a Comedy Central show called "Comedy Remix"--which admittedly seemed to just be broadcasting club performances, but still...
So while none of these people are raving successes, there's certainly every indication that they are hardly "new talent" (and frankly this year they didn't pretend that either, they way they spoke about the contest). Sue Costello is not the exception, she's the rule.