Last Comic Standing adds $250,000 cash prize

The winner of Last Comic Standing 5 will receive a talent contract and, for the first time this year, a cash prize of $250,000.

That’s the same amount as the show awarded during its controversial, all-star third season. Previous seasons have awarded talent representation and stand-up specials, although sometimes those are substituted.

For the record, the show’s cash prize is five times as much as NBC’s Fear Factor gave to people for gagging on rotten food and strapping themselves into cars that hurtled over obstacles, and only half as much as CBS awards the psychologically disturbed individual who lasts the longest in the hamster cage known as the Big Brother house.

NBC to Award $250,000 to Winner of its Hit Laughfest “Last Comic Standing” [NBC press release]

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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