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.

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