A Dose of Reality: Last Comic Standing 4 - Episode 06
by Sheila Franklin
Published: July 12, 2006
Ty, Roz, and Josh have yet to be challenged. While this is good news for them in theory, in practice it means that they have not had as much audience exposure as the other contestants. As I said in my last review, I wish they would just use Gabriel’s pick-me-out-of-a-hat election method, but without the little stuffed creature. That’s just scary.
Here we are, “kicking back” on The Queen Mary. Can you imagine an odder place to house reality show contestants? I have never been on it, but I’m thinking that even if there is no pool or shuffleboard for the crew and they can’t put their feet on the furniture, they probably eat well.
Coming back to the ship after the last Head-to-Head, Chris seems bittersweet. He is redeemed in the eyes of comicdom -- as is Michelle, who has now beaten two of her competitors. I don’t buy the male/female thing, though. Funny is funny no matter what the gender.
At least they get a phone call every other day, unlike at the Big Brother house where isolation is key to making its inhabitants even more insane than some of them were before they came in. Comic seems to want to keep their contenders amused so we will also be amused.
During his phone call, Ty tells his daughter that he will never miss another one of her birthdays. Unless he gets a gig in Atlantic City or Vegas; winning this (or just being a comedian at all) means a whole lot of “on the road”.
This week’s challenge is a Friar’s Roast with no immunity. I find this somewhat peculiar as well, but then this show also brags professional writers who can come up with genuine ideas to keep their show distinctive.
Gabriel is chosen to be the roastee with three votes. All told there are eight, although so far the count is at seven. So did Josh or Michelle get the other vote? Enquiring minds want to know.
I don’t usually like roasts. They tend to go for jugular stereotyping and that can be cruel, but Gabe seems to be okay with this, so I can be, too.
Josh is up first. He is a great warm-up and still at the top of my fave list. His perspective on his own life is so exceptional that it is reflected in his humor. He doesn’t say much so this was probably edited for time. We should all do some googling after the show and see if we can find this roast in its entirety, or close to it.
Why is Rebecca roasting Kristin? And even more importantly, why does she tell the audience that her next joke is laughable? Comics do this when they are bombing and sometimes the retort can be even more amusing than the original joke.
Ty is verbally jousting with the other comics too, so it looks like this is the “editing to get to know your contestants better” section of the show. Michelle is briefly humorous and Kristin gets dead air with no snappy comeback. Not good jokes = not good for Kristin.
The director allows Chris, another of my personal picks, to perform almost his entire routine. Then again, maybe he is the only one who came prepared. Gabe’s retaliation is entertaining and I give him the “good sport” award.
By now there are a lot of empty glasses sitting around the dais. I imagine these are probably virgin for the contestants and judges but authentic for the audience. If you have ever been to a comedy club or competition, you know it takes a lotta booze to get through it all.
Gottfried wins my “best-of-judges” award and not surprisingly, Chris wins a performance in Vegas and a free Friarly year. Good job! He looks appropriately humble.
After the roast, Gabe gets caught with a blackberry. I don’t really know what this is, having never used one, but I know that they are a means of communication with the outside world, and that’s a breach of contract for Comic. He has also been breaking curfew, which is another no-no. Poor Gabriel...
And then there were seven. This is the final Head-to-Head and Ty, Rebecca, and Kristin battle to see which of them will be in the final five. I think the odds are in favor of Ty. As is usually the case, there is so much editing in this portion of the show that it’s hard to tell who is actually funniest (although Rebecca’s kicking was just plain annoying). Since Ty gets the most air time, he will probably win. True to form, he gets 69% of the vote and is in the final five.
I hope that when it gets down to allowing the home viewers to vote, the producers find it in their greedy little hearts to let these comics perform an entire routine. No one wants to have to do homework (in this case, looking for the unedited versions) while being entertained.
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