Fifth season of 'Last Comic Standing' to premiere June 13 on NBC
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/13/2007
NBC has announced the fifth season premiere of Last Comic Standing, the Emmy-nominated reality talent competition that will search -- for the first time -- for the funniest stand-up comics in the world.
Last Comic Standing 5 will premeire Wednesday, June 13 at 9PM ET/PT with a special two-hour premiere. Following its special two-hour debut, Last Comic Standing will air in the Wednesdays 9-10PM ET/PT time period.
Viewers will be introduced to a new face for Last Comic Standing's fifth season, as the series will be hosted by comedian Bill Bellamy, the show's third host in its last three seasons. The actor and former MTV VJ served as host of Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes?, a Last Comic Standing-like reality series that aired on the TV One cable network.
Despite a new host, some familiar Last Comic Standing faces will be part of the show's fifth season. NBC has tabbed three former Last Comic Standing contestants -- Last Comic Standing 3 winner Alonzo Bodden and Last Comic Standing 2 contestants Ant and Kathleen Madigan -- to serve as the show's new talent scouts. Celebrity judges will also join the talent scouts in their search for the world's funniest new comic.
Also new to the show's fifth season will be a bigger prize package -- in addition to landing an NBC talent contract deal and Bravo half-hour comedy special that's similar to the prizes that previous Last Comic Standingwinners have received, the fifth season's winner will also receive a $250,000 grand prize.
Last Comic Standing is produced by Peter Engel Productions, Magical Elves and NBC Universal Television Studio. The executive producers are Peter Engel, Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz and Barry Katz. Javier Winnik is the co-executive producer.
In addition to Last Comic Standing 5, NBC announced America's Got Talent's second season with new host Jerry Springer will premiere on Tuesday, May 29 at 9PM ET and new reality dating series Age of Love will premiere on Monday, June 18 at 10PM ET.