Ralphie May says Last Comic “is a joke.”

Ralphie May says Last Comic “is a joke.”
Right after being voted off Last Comic Standing 3, comedian Ralphie May says that “[t]he whole show is a joke,” and he doesn’t mean a ha-ha joke, either. He tells the AP, “The viewership’s gone down the hill, and the show has jumped the shark.” He also says, non-ironically, that “I don’t have respect for audiences that laugh at ‘Remember when you were a kid?’ jokes. … Let’s move on, let’s try something new.” He clearly is pissed that his appearance on two seasons of the show has left him with no other options but to hawk a DVD (Ralphie May: Just Correct) and CD (Just Correct, “[tour] comedy clubs and theaters across the country,” “[write] a movie for MGM and [develop] a cartoon featuring a fat superhero named ‘Supperman.'”

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.

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.