NBC isn’t bringing Last Comic Standing back, but the network is bringing back competition comedy, and they’re very excited about the new concept. It combines all the comedy types- sketch, variety, stand up, puppets, improv. Based on show descriptions, the reality competition feels a lot like America’s Got Talent, if all the acts had some sort of comedy tie in. We’re expecting the comedy likely to be much broader and mainstream than Last Comic Standing was, aimed more at middle American than hard core fans. Stand Up purists are not likely to be impressed, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tune in. We see plenty of familiar stand up names on the roster- Jabookie Young White, Ali Siddiq, Erica Rhodes, Ian Lara and Jesus Trejo are just of few of the strong stand ups making the cut, and their inclusion on the show will be enough to inspire us to give the show a watch.
NBC is planning for this show to stick around, announcing performers for their inaugural season today.
The inaugural season of “Bring the Funny” highlights some of the most talented comedians in the world, In addition to stand up acts, you’ll see performers in the Variety and Sketch divisions like Jeremiah Watkins and Pat Regan, YouTube musical comedy group Lewberger, comedy duo Frangela, modern vaudevillians Chris & Paul, and Randy Feltface. The acts are divided up into divisions of stand up, sketch and variety. All 40 acts are listed below.
40 comedic acts are vying for the $250,000 prize package and the opportunity to perform at the 2020 Just for Laughs Festival. And much like with sister series AGT, the judges are expected to be a big part of the draw for America. Tagged, “The Judges are hilarious, the competition is no joke,” America will tune in weekly to see Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy deciding which acts move on.
“Bring the Funny” Premieres Tuesday, July 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT Following “America’s Got Talent”
VARIETY ACT DIVISION
Members: 3 (Alex Lewis, Keith Habersberger, Hughie Stone Fish)
Regan and Watkins
Members: 2 (Pat Regan and Jeremiah Watkins)
Harry & Chris
Members: 3 (Chucho Perez, Eric Oren, Brad Kemp)
STAND-UP ACT DIVISION
Orlando Leyba: Miami/Glendale Cali
Calvin Evans: Chicago
Matt Rife: Columbus Ohio, LA
ISMO: Finland/Los Angeles
Michael Longfellow: Phoenix/Los Angeles
Erica Rhodes: Newton Mass/Los Angeles
Tacarra Williams: Bronx/Los Angeles
Rocky Dale Davis: Brentwood Alabama/Las Vegas
Leclerc Andre: Maryland/Brooklyn
Audrey Stewart: Indianapolis, MD/Los Angeles
Graham Kay: Ottawa/Brooklyn
Daphnique Springs: West Palm Beach/Burbank CA
Ali Kolbert: Weston, CT/NYC
Ian Lara: Queens, NY
Candice Thompson: Queens/Cincinatti/LA
Ali Siddiq: Houston, TX
Jesus Trejo: Long Beach, CA
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