9:20 p.m. Checking in late due to the modern day plague known as traffic, but I caught the tail end of the Jew montage. I recognized Louie Katz, M. Dickson, and I did not recognize a third lucky example giver. The comedic rule of three’s, it’s not just a myth.
9:22 p.m. Greg Brown is a tall chef in line and a funny comedian I know!
9:23 p.m. Myq Kaplan gets a background Cinderella story from introvert to extrovert, and his audition goes 180 degrees better than last season where he was unceremoniously snubbed. His quick wit earns him a judges’ panel of laughs and an easy wave-through.
9:24 p.m. Brian McKim and Traci Skene of Shecky Magazine are both auditioning! McKim gets passed after an off-the-cuff zinger. I remember their site covering LCS in seasons past. Wonder how that will play out this season.
9:26 p.m. Chris Rock’s brother Jordan has potential, according to the judges, but their final verdict is he’s too green. Tell it to Kermit the Frog. He’s only 19 though. Rock, not Kermit. He’ll be back.
9:27 p.m. Adrienne Iapalucci has a deadpan delivery that wins over all three judges. Andy calls her “strange, which equals funny.” Yay for strange compliments!
9:28 p.m. Jason Weems is a hilarious pal I know, and summarily passed. No surprise there. He’s been on two other seasons of the show. So is Mark Normand, originally hailing from the Gulf state (topical). Traci Skene is passed, ensuring that the competition of McKim v. Skene is on. Hey producers! I’m onto you!
9:29 p.m. There is a small minion from the movie Despicable Me cueing an endorsement of Steve Carell’s flick. Incidentally, I already wanted to see this movie, but now I refuse to pay more than a shilling. Get it?! Shill-ing. No, never mind. Move along.
9:34 p.m. Season 4 LCS alum Nikki Glaser is excited, and so is Kyle Grooms, who is up first!
9:35 p.m. Grooms is revealing the truth about glasses-wearers being smart. Glaser gets some “ooohs” for her envelope-pushing humor. It’s a comedy show, kids! Jerry Rocha is dating a Mexican younger lady. Comedic gold-digger!
9:37 p.m. Traci Skene is talking about being married (to someone who is coming up next) to big laughs! Foreshadowing!
9:38 p.m. Ryan Hamilton is from Idaho and people can’t seem to figure out why.
9:39 p.m. Calise Hawkins is grateful for a night off from a toddler with great comedic timing. Mine that lil’ one for material!
9:40 p.m. Myq Kaplan is ready to go back to joke accounting if LCS doesn’t work out. He gets out more jokes in a few minutes than some comics probably have total in their arsenal. I predict he gets shimmied through from camera time alone.
9:46 p.m. Carmen Lynch is going to get personal with her material. She’s doing her confessional onstage. Meanwhile, McKim is onstage and doing great. Lynch is from Northern Virginia, where I am right now. Relatable! Her signature delivery on chickens and eggs cracks up the crowd, sunny side up.
9:47 p.m. Mike Vecchione wants to pair cocaine and fishing. The audience is on board that boat. Rob O’Reilly makes some social commentary and earns an “oooh” of recognition. People in this crowd want to be thought of as sensitive!
9:49 p.m. Jason Weems is willing to rob someone for a ticket. He does a joke about MJ’s funeral. There was a joke about that last week! Great topic for material, it seems. One giant applause break for his troubles!
9:50 p.m. Adrienne Iapalucci has a dark sense of humor, and it earns her a good set. Nick Cobb demonstrates the crucial difference between being on one bended knee and being on two. There are some more “ooohs” here and there. C’mon crowd; you guys knew you were going to be on TV!
9:56 p.m. Vecchione is threatening ‘roid rage if he doesn’t get passed. I wouldn’t put it past him. Let’s see who gets to go! Jerry Rocha, Carmen Lynch, Kyle Grooms, Mike Vecchione, Jason Weems, Ryan Hamilton, Nick Cobb, Adrienne Iapalucci, Myq Kaplan, Nikki Glaser, and…Brian McKim!
Splitting up the married couple, but Skene doesn’t care. Calise Hawkins is OK with not being passed, but would have been more than OK with being passed. Skene is going to iron McKim’s shirts. How sportswomanlike!
9:59 p.m. Craig Robinson is running for his bus, and the sizzlin’ semifinals kick off next week! Until then!