Last Comic Standing house had “claws out” drama, “blood on the floor.”

Last Comic Standing house had “claws out” drama, “blood on the floor.”
NBC’s Last Comic Standing, which debuts Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET, follows 10 comics living in a house and competing for a Comedy Central special and a contract with NBC. Judges for the show include Phyllis Diller, Buddy Hackett and Joe Rogan. Host Jay Mohr tells Zap2it.com that he “wanted to be in the mix and create tension and drama… but it became clear very early that I was not needed. … We were in the house about five minutes before there was blood on the floor. … These are comics, they know how to take their claws out and they know how to use them.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.