Last Comic Standing debuts tonight.

Last Comic Standing debuts tonight.
NBC’s Last Comic Standing, subtitled “The Search for the Funniest Person in America,” debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET with two back-to-back hour-long episodes. It follows a talent search in front of a panel of judges, and then watches as the group of finalists live in a house together and apparently vote one comic out every week. The last comic standing after eight episodes gets “an exclusive talent contract” with NBC and a Comedy Central special. The show repeats on Comedy Central Saturday nights at 9 p.m. ET, except this Saturday, when the first two eps air from 8 to 10. The show is hosted and produced by Jay Mohr, and the judges are Joy Behar, Buddy Hackett, Mo’Nique, Colin Quinn, Caroline Rhea, and Joe Rogan.
+ also: EW critic tries out for the show.

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.