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]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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