Last Comic Standing is an American reality competition television series created and produced by Peter Engel in which stand-up comedians compete in weekly elimination challenges until one is left standing, who receives a development contract with the NBC television network as first prize.
The series premiered in the USA on NBC on 1 June, 2003.
The series premiered in South Africa on DStv's M-Net Series channel on Thursday 27 April 2006, at 21h00. It was moved to DStv's Mzansi Magic channel from the seventh season and later aired on SABC2. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast times and dates.
Season 5 premiered on M-Net Series on Wednesday 8 July 2009, at 19h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 15 episodes in the fifth season.
Season 5 Repeats
Thursdays: 01h00, 07h00, 13h00
Last Comic Standing returns with new host Bill Bellamy, new talent scouts - Last Comic Standing alumni Alonzo Bodden, ANT and Kathleen Madigan – and an all new quest: to find the funniest new comedian in the world.
For the first time ever in the history of the show, the Emmy-nominated series broadens its scope by searching internationally for the world's funniest comedian.
The fun kicks off with scouts Alonzo Bodden (Season 3 winner), ANT and Kathleen Madigan traveling across the globe to find the best professional and aspiring comedians.
They stop in London, Montreal and Sydney, Australia, before moving on to Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, San Antonio and Tempe.
After the auditions come the semi-final rounds, in which comics engage in a fiercely funny and fast-paced competition to be one of the top finalists. Then each week, America will vote which comedian gets sent home – and which one will be the Last Comic Standing.
The grand prize winner will receive $250,000, plus an exclusive talent contract with NBC Universal and his or her own half-hour comedy special on Bravo.
Last Comic Standing is produced by Peter Engel Productions, Magical Elves and NBC Universal Television Studio.
The executive producers are Peter Engel, Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz and Barry Katz, and Javier Winnik is the co-executive producer.
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 27 Apr 2006 | Finale: 29 Jun 2006 | Thursdays, 21h00
Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 11 Sep 2010 | Finale: 13 Nov 2010 | Saturdays, 20h00Season 2
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 19 Oct 2006 | Finale: 18 Jan 2007 | Wednesdays, 21h00
Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 26 Feb 2011 | Finale: 4 Jun 2011 | Saturdays, 22h00Season 3
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 20 Jul 2007 | Finale: 14 Sep 2007 | Fridays, 21h00Season 4
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 21 Jan 2009 | Finale: 31 Jun 2009 | Wednesdays, 19h00Season 5
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 8 Jul 2009 | Finale: 21 Oct 2009 | Wednesdays, 19h00Season 6
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 3 Feb 2010 | Finale: 9 Jun 2010 | Wed, 19h00/19h30Season 7
Channel: Mzansi Magic | Premiere: 3 Jun 2011 | Finale: 5 Aug 2011 | Fridays, 23h00