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    Re: When we last left off...

    I too was surprised that there wasn't a discussion thread for last night's episode (6-5). I was disappointed that Sky and Nancy from Orange County didn't get put through as I thought they were really funny.

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    Re: When we last left off...

    I popped in quickly last night to post about a couple of the Toronto comics, but was thwarted by lack of thread, so I'll do it here and now. Nothing much to say, really, other than that Sean Cullen (one of the two that made it to the semis) is really well known in Canada (used to be in a musical comedy band called Corky and the Juice Pigs) and I have generally found him to be very gently amusing. I remember him commenting, in the past, about the first thing he thought of when curling became an Olympic sport was that it would now be possible for his father to win a gold medal. For some reason that had me laughing off and on for years.

    One of the female comics, the girl of Indian/Swiss heritage who made jokes about her father's sternness, is Sabrina Jalees. She's a humour writer for the Toronto Star (one of our national papers), and while she seems like a lovely person, I've never found her particularly funny so I wasn't surprised she didn't make it through.

    ETA: Oh yeah, I meant to mention that I have to assume that Sean Cullen and Dave Foley are at the very least acquainted, it not actually friends.
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    Re: When we last left off...

    The British guy with the off beat routine who made it though, what was his name?

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    Re: When we last left off...

    Quote Originally Posted by shoepie;3041430;
    pg13, apparently I blinked.
    I was in the montage of people "walking to the stage" at Cobb's in San Francisco...but then I was also the guy in the "Funny Booth" who had the curtain rod fall on his head...and I laughed hysterically.

    The good news is, I still have 14 minutes and 58 seconds worth of fame left!!! Yay!

    Quote Originally Posted by shoepie;3041430;
    What friend of yours moved on?
    Jeff Dye is on to Vegas. Jeff is the guy in the bright neon green shirt who talked about being a bad ass.

    I'm also friends with Andy Haynes (the teeth/meth guy with the hat), Jesse Case (the bearded guy with the PT Cruiser)...and I also sort of know Joe Klocek (the guy who saw a guy who punched a pigeon). And there were other people that I know who were in the various montages who no one would know...

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    Re: When we last left off...

    Quote Originally Posted by CAdreamin;3041619;
    I too was surprised that there wasn't a discussion thread for last night's episode (6-5). I was disappointed that Sky and Nancy from Orange County didn't get put through as I thought they were really funny.
    I was at the night showcase (I'm not so proud as not to admit that I bought a ticket to the show)--and they actually gave out 7 red envelopes (only 4 were shown last night.) The other three went to Andy Haynes, Whitney Cummings and Mike E. Winfield.

    Sky & Nancy Collins were getting good local reference laughs in their set. Then, they went long. Every performer was given 4 minutes of time (although, I thought at the time that the Mehan Brothers went long in their set...I didn't time them...)--and at 4 minutes, they'd shut the mic off. It happened to a couple of people and the performers recognized it immediately and then waved and got their applause without it being a big deal.

    Sky & Nancy kept going...and kept going... Long after their mics were shut off. They went on so long that they pretty much had to be ushered off stage...and when they were done, there was nothing... No clapping, no cheering...no audience response (other than relief at an uncomfortable situation). Bill came out and said "Wow...THAT was weird, wasn't it?"

    I think it would have been very hard to move Sky & Nancy on after that. It was hard enough to get the audience to accept that Drennon Davis moved on. (Drennon, who I think is VERY funny, really only got one laugh with his entire set...but it was a HUGE laugh...the screaming of "whore" at the end of his set. He was announced as the first person to get a red envelope and the entire audience gasped--as they weren't expecting that. However, since they don't tell you how many envelopes they give out, no one was really mad about it...since everybody was still in play.)

    The one person that the crowd really thought should have moved on that didn't was Joe Klocek. When Bill announced that there was only one envelope left, both Jeff Dye and Joe Klocek were still on the stage...and the audience knew that someone was going to be disappointed...because both of them had been very strong that night.

    Hope that helps shine a little light on things!
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    I was a bit surprised that Drennon Davis was chosen but like you said, he got one very big laugh at the end (including from me!).

    That's so weird about Sky and Nancy. What were they thinking?! I wished they had shown a bit of that during the show so the tv viewers understood why they most likely weren't chosen as their set was really funny.

    Well, thanks pg-13 for the update!

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    Re: When we last left off...

    Quote Originally Posted by CAdreamin;3042384;
    I wished they had shown a bit of that during the show so the tv viewers understood why they most likely weren't chosen
    See, this is the must frustrating part of Last Comic Standing.

    The producers of the show don't trust the inherent drama in what they've created. They don't actually believe (as Jay Mohr did) that watching comics do what they do is actually interesting...and I don't even believe that they think that a competition between comedians actually doing what they do is interesting.

    That's why they keep pushing for members of the Freak Parade into the auditions to be laughed at...that's why they dress up the process with celebrity scouts...that's why they've actually cast the beautiful people who are given the seats in the front of the shows...and that's why there's precious little stand-up comedy on a show that is supposedly about stand-up comedy.

    These are professional television producers--and it is their learned opinion, influenced by years of experience, that the viewing public would not be interested in watching a show where stand-up comedians compete to find out who is the funniest...and that if anyone is actually going to watch this show, it's because they keep adding bells, whistles, hotties and freaks...to hide the stand-up comedy from everybody.

    And, I simply don't buy that.

    But nobody's asking me, are they?

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    Been a member for a while but mostly lurk
    But, PG - Oh my God = that was you in the booth with the curtain rod!
    That was hysterical - I laughed out loud with you!
    I love the premise of LCS but every year am disappointed. In fact, after last year's ridiculously unfunny group, I said 'NO MORE!' but here I sit, giving it another shot.
    I agree with you that the producers are missing the mark here. Sure, some stuff in the house can be interesting but it is Last Comic Standing and we tune in to see some funny comics not who the producers perceive will bring ratings due to appearance or drama. I watch Top Chef for the cooking and Project Runway for the designing. Bravo has some faults, but they keep the show about what it should be about. I wish NBC would do the same.
    Interesting, though, about the couple - I loved them as well and wondered why they did not move on. Now I get it - what I don't get is why that wasn't shown. Perhaps we would not question the shows authenticity as much if they provided key information such as that.
    Okay, apologies for the rant but do have a question:
    Why on earth are they not addressing the reappearance of several comedians from last year. I know for a fact, Dan Natterman (sp?) and the strawberry blond girl (sorry at a loss for her name - is it Amy? - she has a very quiet delivery-last year even more so - sometimes you needed a minute to realize her joke was over - but some of her stuff was hysterical)
    Anyway, I know the two of them and am fairly certain there were others. Why don't they mention it? It seems very odd to me to not reference it at all. Any clues?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LJB1123;3042469;
    Okay, apologies for the rant but do have a question:
    Why on earth are they not addressing the reappearance of several comedians from last year. I know for a fact, Dan Natterman (sp?) and the strawberry blond girl (sorry at a loss for her name - is it Amy? - she has a very quiet delivery-last year even more so - sometimes you needed a minute to realize her joke was over - but some of her stuff was hysterical)
    Anyway, I know the two of them and am fairly certain there were others. Why don't they mention it? It seems very odd to me to not reference it at all. Any clues?
    You're thinking of Andi Smith. And, actually, both she AND the other person shown making it from Houston, Bob Biggerstaff, advanced from the Texas audition last year as well.

    In addition to them...and Dan Naturman...you can add Jackie Kashian and Eddie Pepitone as people who had been seen on previous LCS episodes in previous seasons.

    I think the reason they don't address the fact that they'd tried out before is based on the producers opinion of the audience as not really paying attention or caring. This may have something to do with the fact that they've changed production groups three times over the six season run of the show...or it may simply be part of this particular production group's less than charitable opinion of who they think their audience is and what that audience wants from this show: More of the big implanted girl bouncing up and down! Less comedy! BEEF SUPREME!!!

    Last season, they DID point out that Gerry Dee had been on the show two previous years. But they're only showing us very thin snapshots of the people they've got on this year's show...even those they DO run a background package on... (Iliza Shlesinger! She walks down the street and poses! Now, we REALLY know her!)

    I happen to know what Jeff Dye's backstory is...and I know what Marcus' backstory is... Both of them have very compelling backstories that I hope the producers know their job enough to bring out to the viewing public. Nothing has to be created for the show in post production--just film them being themselves and let them tell the world their story and PEOPLE WILL CARE...people will tune in.

    But, as crews become more experienced in handling reality tv shows, it's easier to create something that you control rather than simply hope that people's real life story becomes clear through the process of the show with the risk that it never does.

    Right now, we're not getting anyone's stories...we're getting a concocted for the show "these people are talented while everyone else is a delusional talentless freak" storyline. No need to tell us what Andi's been up to unless she gets to the stage of the show where we get to learn a little more about them.

    I mean, what if the show needs to run the same package on her NEXT season? It'd be a shame to waste it on you, watching this year, just because that's what interests you...


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    Re: When we last left off...

    Thank you for all the information.
    I would just have liked to see them say something along the lines of 'last year, Andi made it to semifinals.....' - I think you kind of got my vibe. It seems like they are almost thinking we are too dumb to notice. and thank you for her name - it was driving me crazy.
    I actually liked her a lot last year so am hoping to see her advance. She was unique.
    I get the couple not moving on now that you explained but how about some of the others? Is it just that the 'save' the funny bits of the ones they advance for future shows in case the comic repeats some material? I know comedy is somewhat subjective but it did seem like some of the funnier comics were left on that stage while some not so funny ones moved on.

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