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America’s most compelling comedy competition is back May 22 when NBC’s Emmy Award-nominated series “Last Comic Standing” returns starring three new celebrity judges – comedy icons Roseanne Barr (“Roseanne,” “The Office”) and Keenen Ivory Wayans (“Scary Movie,” “In Living Color”), as well as international comic sensation Russell Peters (“Comics Without Borders,” “Russell Peters Presents”). JB Smoove (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Millers”) is on board as the new host.
The lively laugh fest resumes its search for the funniest comic in the country with innovative format changes, surprise celebrity guests and unexpected twists guaranteed to deliver the funniest season yet. Season 8 will open up with auditions, this time by invitation only.
The top 100 comics in America will compete for the top 20 spots. These 20 comics will compete in a semifinal round, and as the best of the best will emerge, the top 10 move into the compelling challenge rounds. In this phase, they will compete in different comedy disciplines – sketch, improv and stand-up – to prove themselves individually and in teams. Then the funniest of all will take the coveted title of “Last Comic Standing,” winning a prize package that includes an NBC talent deal and a half-hour scripted project to be developed by Universal Television.
Emmy Award winner Wanda Sykes (“Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Page Hurwitz (“Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious,” “Last Comic Standing”), producing partners at Push It Productions, will executive produce the season’s 13 one-hour episodes along with Javier Winnik (“Last Comic Standing,” “The Marriage Ref”). “Last Comic Standing” is produced by Universal Television and Push It Productions.
The microphone design shown in promotional materials for this program is a registered trademark of Shure Incorporated, which is not affiliated with NBC.
From New York Post
Roseanne Barr wants everyone to listen up.
The outspoken comedian — known for voicing her opinion on topics from George Zimmerman to Kim Kardashian’s latest selfie — will now take on motherhood as host of a new Investigation Discovery series “Momsters: When Moms Go Bad.”
The show spotlights stories of mothers who will do anything in order for their children to succeed — from the soccer mom who stalks, threatens and attacks her son’s coach to the theater mom who takes auditions into her own hands.
Tabloid news stories like the “Texas Cheerleader Mom” Wanda Holloway — who attempted to hire a hitman to kill the mother of her daughter’s junior high school cheerleading rival — will be recounted in the typical ID style through re-enactments, with Barr offering her commentary.
Though still in pre-production, the plan is to premiere the half-hour “Momsters” episodes later this year.
Barr was already a huge fan of the network (favorites shows include the Jerry Springer-hosted “Tabloid,” “Wives With Knives” and “Who the Bleep Did I Marry”) and says the “Momsters” topic is right up her alley because it allows her to take bad moms to task — which she already does without the forum of a TV show.
“I like to correct people when I don’t think they’re doing good mother things in public,” Barr tells The Post, recounting how she chastised a woman in the park on Tuesday who was pushing a kid in a stroller who had bare feet in 40-degree weather.
“It’s weird what people do and how everyone ignores it,” she says. “So this [show] is like let’s not ignore this for a while.”
Before “Momsters,” Barr will next be seen in the PBS series “Pioneers of Television” on April 15, talking about her journey from stand-up to the groundbreaking sitcom “Roseanne,” which she says is even more influential now because a second life in syndication has brought it a new generation of fans.
She’s also been cast as a judge — alongside Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters — in NBC’s revival of “Last Comic Standing,” premiering May 22 with host JB Smoove. The job’s few weeks of shooting was perfect for balancing her life in Hawaii, while getting Barr back to her comedic roots.
“I’m a stand-up comic — [I] just [wanted] to get back around that and see what new comics are doing so I can steal their material,” she deadpans.
As for what the comedians and viewers can expect from her judging style?
“Losing my temper and swearing at people occasionally because they think they’re smarter than me. That makes me mad,” she says. “That’s the same thing on the ID channel, too. Who do these people think they’re kidding? They should all be listening to me more, in my opinion.”
From The National Enquirer April 28, 2014 by Alan Smith
Roseanne’s dramatic weight loss was the talk of an April 8 press event in Pasadena, Calif. She helped promote NBC’s new version of “Last Comic Standing,” which returns May 22 and features her as a judge.
Roseanne’s face was chiseled “and even her collarbone was visible beneath the layers of long necklaces as she posed for pictures,” said the source.
Jaws dropped as she proudly paraded her trim figure in a flattering outfit. “Her heavy days are behind her,” said the source. “And she wants to come down even more.”
NBC’s revived comedy competition Last Comic Standing has unveiled its new host and judges.
J.B. Smoove will take the reins as host of the eighth season 13-episode revamp, with celebrity judges Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayansand Russell Peters.
The new effort, executive produced by Wanda Sykes,Page Hurwitz and Javier Winnik, will launch with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, May 22 from 9-11 p.m., with Last Comic airing in its regular Thursdays at 10 p.m. starting the following week.
“We are ready to bring back the funny with this relaunch of Last Comic Standing, and can’t wait to discover the next great stand-up,” said Paul Telegdy, president alternative and late night programming, NBC Entertainment. “With Keenen, Roseanne and Russell set as our new judges, J.B. as host and Wanda, Page and Javier at the helm, there will be plenty of laughter all summer.”
Part of the grand prize on Last Comic includes an NBC talent deal and a half-hour scripted project to be developed by sister studio Universal Television.
Last Comic‘s return to television comes after a three-year absence on NBC’s schedule. A regular summer staple, previous hosts for the competition series had included Jay Mohr,Anthony Clark, Bill Bellamy, Fearne Cotton and Craig Robinson