NBC Shares 'Last Comic' with Comedy Central

Wed, Apr 2, 2003 04:18 PM PDT

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - It's a match made in synergy heaven: Comedy Central has acquired second-run rights to NBC's summer talent search "Last Comic Standing."

The show will give stand-up comics a chance to break out of comedy clubs and on to network TV. Hosted and executive produced by Jay Mohr, "Last Comic Standing" follows the "American Idol" blueprint of narrowing the field through auditions and semi-final performances in front of celebrity judges.

And, because it's a "reality" series, the finalists will live together during the last elimination process.

NBC's deal with Comedy Central calls for the cable channel to re-air each of the eight episodes within a week of their debut on NBC. Comedy Central has also sweetened the prize by offering a stand-up special to the winner, who also earns a talent deal with NBC.

"We love stand-up, and so do our viewers," says Kathryn Mitchell, head of programming at Comedy Central. "We are thrilled to be working with NBC and the 'Last Comic Standing' team."

Auditions and semifinal rounds have already been taped. A premiere date hasn't been set.