'Last Comic Standing' eliminates Paul Foot and Papa CJ
By Christopher Rocchio, 07/18/2008
Paul Foot and Papa CJ were revealed to be the third and fourth finalists eliminated from Last Comic Standing's sixth season during last night's broadcast of the NBC reality series.
Paul and Papa CJ 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.
"The experience of being on Last Comic Standing has been brilliant," said Papa CJ after his ouster. "For me, I don't want people to remember there was a guy called Papa CJ. I want them to remember a guy from India showed up, did stand-up, got into the [Top] 10 and left."
Last night's Last Comic Standing sixth-season episode began with the Top 10 finalists arriving at a car wash, where they put their comedic skills to the test while also attempting to make an honest living for the afternoon. They subsequently worked three hours and made roughly $36.
The next morning they received a bucket of carrots at their Hollywood pad and wondered what it meant before traveling to a local Bed, Bath and Beyond for their next challenge.
Dubbed "Mad Props," each finalist would have 20 minutes to race through the store and retrieve as many items as they could. They would then use the stuff they collected for a prop-comedy routine, which would be judged by the "King of Props," Carrot Top. Whoever used their props in the "funniest, most original way" would receive immunity at the next elimination vote.
Once the comedians collected all their items each delivered their routine. After some brief deliberation, Carrot Top said several of the comedians -- including Sean Cullen and Marcus -- did a good job, however he awarded immunity to Jeff Dye.
"It's a good feeling to sit back and know that there's no strategy now," said Jeff on winning immunity. "I just get to skate to next week and think about whatever I want."
That night the finalists arrived at a cemetery to cast their second sixth-season elimination votes.
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.
Jeff and Paul voted for Louis Ramey; Sean, Marcus and Iliza Shlesinger voted for Papa CJ; Adam Hunter, Louis and Papa CJ voted for Paul; Jim Tavare voted for Adam; and Ron G voted for Jim. Since Paul and Papa CJ each had three votes, they were automatically in the showdown and had to decide together who would be joining them there.
"I'm going to obliterate both of you," Iliza told Paul and Papa CJ when their choice was revealed.
"I don't think Iliza's going to make it," commented Papa CJ. "She's a lovely girl, but I don't think she's got the comedic gift."
The comic showdown then commenced in-front of a live studio audience. Paul performed first, followed by Iliza and Papa CJ. The studio audience cast their votes and host Bill Bellamy revealed that Iliza had won by receiving an overwhelming 62% of the vote.
"She's eliminated four people so far," said Paul after his ouster was revealed. "She's an unexpected killer of comedians."
Last Comic Standing's next sixth-season episode will air Thursday, July 24 at 8PM ET/PT on NBC.