After the show’s year hiatus, the premiere of Last Comic Standing on NBC is fast approaching. To be exact, it’ll officially stop approaching on June 7. If you followed the show’s six seasons, you’ll know that its created quite a divide among comedy fans and comedians alike. Some fans love that they were introduced to comedians on network television; other fans claim the show is fixed, that it waters down the art of stand-up, among other things.
There’s a handful of comedians who owe a lot of their success to the show; still other comedians find it a completely inaccurate gauge as to whether a comedian is talented.
But this much seems true: From what we’ve been hearing, producers have made an effort to address all concerns. Their choice of judges (Greg Giraldo, Andy Kindler and Natasha Leggero) speaks to that well—not to mention the new host, comedian Craig Robinson, of The Office fame.
Punchline Magazine writer Emma Kat Richardson recently chatted with comedian Kindler – who spends a lot of time onstage critiquing the comedy industry – and asked him what he thought of Last Comic Standing before and after his involvement.
“I do this speech every year in Montreal, the State of the Industry Address [at Just For Laughs]. I slam everything there, so I had many jokes about the previous years of Last Comic Standing. I was never a huge fan of anything to do with competitions, anyway. So yeah, I had a lot of things to say about it over the years. But they did say they were going to reboot it, and then we talked about it, and the other judges are so great. The host is great, so it just became a completely different thing.”
We’re looking forward to the revamped Last Comic Standing. Check out a pair of videos after the jump featuring Kindler and the other judges as well as host Craig Robinson. And be sure to look out for our full-length feature interview with Kindler next week!