viewer votes will eliminate comics.

viewer votes will eliminate comics.
Someone at NBC dropped the ball and, like, forgot to mention that the first episode of Last Comic Standing 3 would be substantial, and not a “preview” as it was sold on promos and elsewhere. The live show included performances and revealed that the viewing public will play an immediate role in keeping comics around. First, each season’s group selected five comics from the other season who had to perform two-minute sets; afterwards, we the viewing public had a chance to vote for their favorites, Idol-style, via phone calls, text messages, or a special web site. The team with the most votes gets $50,000, and those comics with the fewest votes will be eliminated. Season two comics who had to perform were Jessica Kirson (who joined the house after Bonnie elected not to participate), Cory Kahaney, John Heffron, Tess, and Tammy Pescatelli. The season one comics who performed were Ralphie May (who broke down and cried after informing us that his father just died, and told jokes he said were his father’s favorites), Todd Glass, Rich Vos, Alonzo Bodden, and Dave Mordal. Tonight (at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT and MT, and 10 p.m. PT, post-convention “coverage”), the other 10 comics perform, and those who will be eliminated as a result of the voting will be revealed.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.