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'Last Comic Standing' eliminates Esther Ku and God's Pottery


By Christopher Rocchio, 07/11/2008 

Esther Ku and God's Pottery were revealed to be the first two finalists eliminated from Last Comic Standing's sixth season during last night's broadcast of the NBC reality series.

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Esther and God's Pottery -- a comedy duo consisting of Jeremiah Smallchild and Gideon Lamb -- were both booted from Last Comic Standing's sixth season by studio audience votes that were cast following last night's pre-taped comic showdown.

"I guess I'm going home," said Esther after her ouster was revealed.  "I'm happy with my performance.  I get to say I was a finalist on Last Comic Standing, which is amazing."

Last night's Last Comic Standing sixth-season episode began with the Top 12 finalists moving into their Hollywood pad and participating in a Last Comic Standing calendar photo shoot.

The next day they participated in the Last Comic Standing Smackdown -- a boxing match that would see the finalists exchanging punch lines instead of punches. 

The finalists would face each other in a three round, head-to-head style format and be judged by comedian Jamie Kennedy and NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen.  The showdown's winner would receive immunity at the next elimination vote.

The first round was the speed round and saw the finalists randomly pitted against each other and exchanging "Yo mama" jokes.  Last Comic Standing host Bill Bellamy said it was a "unanimous decision" that Adam Hunter, God's Pottery, Jim Tavare and Sean Cullen would advance.

In the second round, the comedians exchanged jokes that began with, "You're such a hack that...".  God's Pottery defeated Adam and Jim beat Sean, with both advancing to the finals.  In the "anything goes" round, it was another "unanimous decision" and Jim had won the challenge and thus claimed immunity.

That night the finalists arrived at a cemetery to cast their first sixth-season elimination vote. 

Each finalist would vote for which comic he or she thought should be eliminated.  The person with the most votes would have to perform in the comic showdown and would select two opponents.  The live studio audience at the showdown would pick the winner, with the two losing comics going home.

All of the finalists cast their votes -- with Esther garnering six while the other six votes were spread amongst Iliza Shlesinger with two; and Sean, God's Pottery, Jeff Dye and Louis Ramey each receiving one apiece. 

Iliza's vote for Esther was especially tough since Iliza had previously promised she wouldn't vote for Esther.  Not surprisingly, Esther exacted revenge by choosing Iliza as one of her comedy showdown competitors, along with God's Pottery.

"I thought she would have made a wiser decision," opined Iliza.  "It's kind of like giving a crazy person a gun and watching them just flailing around -- it gave her the power to pick two people."

"I picked Iliza because she's lame and judgmental," explained Esther.  "I want to go after God's Pottery because I don't understand their comedy."

The comic showdown then commenced in-front of a live studio audience.  Esther performed first, followed by God's Pottery and Iliza.  The studio audience cast their votes and Bill revealed that Iliza had won by receiving an overwhelming 68% of the vote.

Last Comic Standing's next sixth-season episode will air Thursday, July 17 at 8PM ET/PT on NBC.



(Photo credit NBC)


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