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]

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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