When "Last Comic Standing" returns to NBC for its sixth season tonight at 9:30, it will be on the network's all-important Thursday comedy night. For the second year, BILL BELLAMY will host the search for the funniest person in America and this year he actually has become more involved in getting quality comedians onto the show.
This season, Bill was able to make the rounds of several comedy clubs to do some actual scouting for talent. He says, "It doesn't take more than two minutes to tell that you might have a little somethin' somethin'. The ones that are really bad you know in 12 seconds. Sometimes five. You're like, 'This is not going to go well.'"
In addition to Bill, several current and former NBC comedy stars including ANGELA KINSEY, OSCAR NUÑEZ, BRIAN BAUMGARTNER and KATE FLANNERY from "The Office," GEORGE WENDT and JOHN RATZENBERGER from "Cheers" and KATHY NAJIMY from "Veronica's Closet" are serving as talent scouts.
Each of the contestants first does their act for two of the scouts. If the comic makes it past the initial screening, then he/she has to come back that night and do a showcase in front of a large audience, which can be a totally different experience.
"We're looking for not only funny people, but personalities as well, people that have something special that we think people would want to watch and learn their story," Bill explains. "When you watch this season, you'll notice that we're taking you back to their hometown, getting you invested in a comedian. It's not just doing stand-up now. You're going to know this guy, or feel like you know this girl, and want to vote for them and text in real fast. So it should be a lot of fun."