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NBC reveals 'Last Comic Standing' sixth-season celebrity talent scouts


By Christopher Rocchio, 04/07/2008 

NBC has announced a slew of past and present NBC comedy series stars who will serve as Last Comic Standing sixth-season talent scouts during the show's audition rounds.

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Current NBC stars who will serve as sixth-season talent scouts are The Office stars Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Brian Baumgartner and Kate Flannery; Law & Order: SVU actor Richard Belzer; The Tonight Show with Jay Leno's Steve Schirripa; 30 Rock stars Lonny Ross and Keith Powell; and Scrubs actor Neil Flynn.

Former NBC stars who will also serve as talent scouts are Newsradio and Thank God You're Here star Dave Foley; Cheers actors George Wendt and ex-Dancing with the Stars participant John Ratzenberger; Veronica's Closet actress Kathy Najimy; Third Rock From the Sun actor French Stewart; Chuck actor Josh Gomez; Mad About You stars Richard Kind and Fred Willard; and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro.

The aforementioned stars will serve as Last Comic Standing sixth-season talent scouts during the first five episodes of the series.  Last Comic Standing's sixth season will premiere Thursday, May 22 at 9:30PM ET/PT before moving to its regular Thursdays at 8:30PM ET/PT time slot beginning May 29.

Similar to the show's Summer 2007 fifth season, NBC went global for Last Comic Standing sixth-season auditions -- with stops in 14 countries around the world, including England, Australia, Scotland, Sweden, South Africa, India, New Zealand, Norway, Japan and Israel.  Stateside stops include Los Angeles, New York City, Toronto, Minneapolis, Houston, Tempe, San Francisco, Nashville and Miami.

In addition, host Bill Bellamy personally traveled to eight additional cities on his own -- including Boston, Denver, Seattle, Detroit, Honolulu and Atlanta -- surprising the best comics at local venues with a direct pass to perform for the talent scouts in the closest audition city.

(Photo credit NBC)


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