July 27, 2007 10:25 AM by Joe Blackmon
After an extensive international search, NBC’s lively laughfest "Last Comic Standing" (Wednesdays, 9 p.m. ET) revealed its final Top 10 comics. Starting next week, the comics will face challenges and head-to-head showdowns where every vote will count as each comic has to avoid elimination to be awarded the coveted title of "last comic standing" – and the grand prize of $250,000, an exclusive talent contact with NBC Universal and his or her own half-hour comedy special on Bravo. The two-hour live season finale will be broadcast on Wednesday, Sept. 19 (9-11 p.m. ET).
Following are the "Last Comic Standing" Top 10 Comics and their reactions to being in the Top 10:
San Diego, CA
"Getting into the top ten has changed my underwear. Because now I can afford to buy some new underwear."
St. Louis, MO
"I was elated and flabbergasted. And I knew that God had smiled on a fool today."
"I felt like my whole life was about to change. I could do more for my family and my life. People get made fun of for thanking God at awards shows but I think that’s the first thing I did."
North York, Ontario, Canada
"Relief. Excitement and relief. Relief is definitely the key word."
Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada
"I’m super-duper excited! This could be the best thing that ever happened to my comedy career. Especially as a Canadian comic, it’s great to be able to perform at an international level. It’s going to be super fun!"
Ralph Harris, Jr.
"It felt like I was back. I can’t wait to represent all of the great comedians around the country."
"Being in the top ten feels like getting a massage from a burly man. I know it’s doing me good, but I still feel a bit dirty."
"Well good. They got it right."
"I thought, ‘This is great! Does this mean I can quit my job sorting mail?’"
"I had to wait a couple of seconds to make sure they said my name because I had been saying it in my head over and over again. I had to make sure it was Bill Bellamy saying it and not me."
Host Bill Bellamy, along with the talent scouts Alonzo Bodden, ANT and Kathleen Madigan, traveled the world as "Last Comic Standing" broadened its search this season. Auditions were held in London, Montreal, Sydney, Australia, Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, San Antonio and Tempe.
"Last Comic Standing" is produced by Peter Engel Productions, Magical Elves and NBC Universal Television Studio. The executive producers are Peter Engel ("Saved By the Bell," "City Guys"), Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz (Bravo’s "Project Runway" and NBC’s "Treasure Hunters") and Barry Katz ("Action," "Dane Cook’s Tourgasm"), and Javier Winnik ("Last Comic Standing," "Treasure Hunters") is the co-executive producer.