“Last Comic Standing” brought the funny this week, but it also brought plenty of drama. Before we get into the actual performances from Monday night’s elimination show, let’s take a look at the people who went home:
- James Adomian: This is what happens when you do a Paul Giamitti impression. You have to remember to impersonate someone that everyone at home will know (even it is funny).
- Laurie Kilmartin: Laurie has been throwing herself a pity party lately about almost “quitting” the business, and that’s something that gets tough to hear from a comic.
- Maronzio Vance: Out of all of the comics Maronzio had some of the best material — he just seems like he needs more experience.
Now, let’s go to the remaining seven finalists.
Mike DeStefano: Mike had an off night this week. He has consistently been a favorite in this competition — and probably still is — but this set just had too many jokes that fell flat. His bit about counseling didn’t have a great payoff, and his rhythm was just a little too scattered.
Roy Wood, Jr.: Here, we have a case of someone being funnier this week than the one before. He opened with a great series of jokes, and the entire bit had a relaxed feel that was easy to listen to.
Myq Kaplan: As funny as Roy was, Myq was funnier. It’s still to be seen exactly how embraced this guy is by all of America, but his jokes on everything from sexuality to religion hit all of the right notes. He has to be the favorite right now based on both humor and consistency alone.
Rachel Feinstein: This was another solid set from Rachel, who did a take on how some of the “hunky” guys in Vegas act in order to pick up women. Using reality sometimes is the best way to get laughs, and Rachel is establishing herself as a storyteller.
Felipe Esparza: More than anyone else, Felipe is a wild card. Not all of his jokes work — and some are pretty predictable — but the ones that land are among the funniest in the competition. His “haunted house” story may have been the best of the night.
Tommy Jonaghin: Tommy is undoubtedly a strong comic, but you almost wonder if he is so competitive that he takes this too seriously. His jokes tonight felt a bit rehearsed, and he didn’t seem as comfortable or as loose on stage as Myq and some of the others.
Jonathan Thymius. It’s admittedly a surprise to still see this guy here, and it still doesn’t look like he’s going to win (though going at the end of the show may help him). He again landed a couple of gross jokes that were successful, but his slow delivery hurts when he has a few bits that don’t work.
Going into next week’s show (and based on this week alone), here are where the finalists stand:
Roy Wood, Jr.
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