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We’ll Be the Judge of That! – Last Comic Standing, July 10by Foxes On Idol Judging Staff -- 07/16/2008
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Usually in these pages, the Foxes On Idol judges look at singing and sometimes dancing. But with Last Comic Standing in its performance phase, Wesley Rice and David Bloomberg are back to critique the comedians. The only judges on the show are the live audience voting for the winners, so this is the only place you’ll read detailed critiques – or at least the only place that matters. What did our judges think of the first three performances? Let’s find out.
Wes: Um, wait. I already heard this joke. Is her material so limited that she already needed to reuse jokes? I can’t remember the comic’s name (Adam maybe?) but the comic in the green room pretty much said it all for me, “Her set list was Asians look alike, chopsticks, throw up . . . Asian guys, Asian fetish . . .” What more can be said? Her material seemed limited to her race, and that’s it! She was like an attractive version of Dat Phan. C-.
David: Yep, those were definitely recycled jokes in there. And the ones that weren’t recycled weren’t all that funny. I also wasn’t thrilled with her delivery. There is just something about her voice and the kind of halting way she spoke that just annoyed me. Not as much as her laugh, but still. And I know it was a short set, but I agree with Wes that she could have put some material in there that wasn’t related to her being an Asian.
Wes: The more these guys perform, the less I can tell how much is just an act and how much is them truly trying to be missionaries through comedy. After all, they did get everyone singing “I love Jesus more than anyone else.” Nonetheless, if I’m to judge them based on the humor of their performance, it was… okay. They had some mildly funny lines, like being a Hindu and trying to keep track of all the gods. Overall though, without their charisma, there’s not much to the material. C+.
David: With names like “Jeremiah Smallchild” and “Gideon Lamb,” I am indeed convinced they are a comedy act. However, they stay in character so well that I have to give them credit for that. Their act, though, is just not cut out for this show, where they only have time for one song in a given performance. Paul Foot said it best when he mentioned that he’d love to see them in a sitcom.
Wes: She started with a “Rock of Love” joke, so at least her material is recent. And I must admit, as a fan of E!’s “The Soup,” I can’t help but appreciate any joke that makes fun of this type of reality show. For the most part, her jokes were above average, and I really enjoyed the way she acted out so much of her routine. B.
David: You have to give credit to any comedian on this show who begins by saying, “I love reality TV.” After all, that’s why we’re here! Her jokes covered various topics and I laughed throughout her performance – much more than during the other two performances combined. She was certainly the best of the night.
Wes: The right person won. In fact, I think she might actually have a chance to be the first female to win this show. Generally, I don’t think too much of the competitors selected as finalists this year. So if she ups her game a bit and has some better material in reserve, she just might take this whole thing.
David: I obviously agree that the best person won. I would have ranked God’s Pottery ahead of Esther Ku, but I can see how the live audience, voting only for first place, would have them last. Not that it mattered, as both non-winners went home. I do think there are funnier people than Iliza left in the competition, but she showed she knows what she’s doing and I suspect the others will be hesitant to go up against her too quickly.
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Wesley is a writer and English/drama teacher from Wichita, KS. He’s a bit irked that Dan Naturman STILL didn’t make it to the finals. Go get ‘em next year, Dan! He can be reached with questions, comments, or snide remarks at firstname.lastname@example.org. David Bloomberg is the Editor of Foxes On Idol, and can be reached at RNO@pobox.com. He doesn’t care so much about Dan Naturman.
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