This is the first year I have seen Last Comic Standing (airs on NBC), and I am quite impressed with the caliber of comedic talent. I never knew such a show existed otherwise I would have been an avid fan watching from the very beginning (summer of 2003). I happened to find it purely by chance when I was flipping through the stations late at night, and since that time, it has become a must see show every Monday evening. My only disappointment is that so few comics made it to the audience voting segment (I'm used to a number as high as "top 20" in other reality shows I watch).
The following is a list of my five favorite comedians from Season 7 (ordered from most to least favorite). For those who aren't watching, start tuning in for some great jokes. We all need a little bit of laughter in our lives.
Felipe is my favorite comedian because I can relate to his jokes. They remind me of my family's quirks, and I especially enjoy a comedian who can make fun of Mexican stereotypes or inequalities about Mexicans living in America.
He delivered one of my favorite jokes on July 19, 2010. Felipe talked about a Mexican haunted house: it cost $20 to go in and $30 to get out. He then described how Mexican gangsters were around every corner threatening to beat you up. He walked out with a black eye while his girlfriend walked out with a bunch of hickeys and cold sore on her mouth. Another favorite joke was shared on July 12, 2010: a commentary on how Mexican women are always bigger than white women. I suggest watching that episode to get the full entertainment value.
Felipe has comedy talents that rival George Lopez. He even has a signature entrance: "Hello, how are doing? (no pause) Ok, good." I really hope you win Season 7, Felipe!
Initially, Roy Wood Jr. was not one of my favorite comics. I had trouble relating to his jokes, and many were either hitting hard or drastically missing their punch lines. On July 19, 2010, Roy shot up to my second favorite comedic.
As a recent graduate, I really appreciate school humor. So, when he was talking about not paying off loans despite the fact that he's 31 years old, I knew I would be laughing a lot. Luckily, Roy didn't disappoint. From his jokes about not remembering his education to his insistence on only paying for the loans based on the grades received, I was cracking up. It was his strongest lineup yet, and I hope he continues to be that funny in later episodes.
Jonathan truly embodies the ideas expressed in Henry Phillip's song "On the Shoulder of Freaks." He is the strangest, quirkiest, and funniest comedic the American public has seen in a long time. The fact that he's the oldest comedian in the Top 10 also endears him to the audience. He has a character that he never drops--a man who is a little slow, confused, and innocently funny. Jonathan delivers jokes only he can pull off (they would fall flat with other comedians). Plus, who else can be surprisingly gross and insulting while still acting lovable?
One of my favorite jokes was from July 12, 2010 when he told the audience he wanted to do a ventriloquist act. He then began to take off his sock, put it on his hand, and held the microphone to his bare foot. Hilarious!
Mike is both intimidating and funny. He is your typical Italian Catholic, or maybe I should say atypical...? I'm not always sure if I should be insulted by his jokes, or if I should laugh. 90% of the time I end up laughing. This is the type of guy that you would not want to meet in a dark alley because he would probably beat you senseless. Mike is a bit too serious when presenting his jokes, but it's all part of his "tough guy" comedian act.
My favorite joke was delivered on July 12, 2010 when he commented that the scariest person in the world is an old Italian grandma. Then, he regaled the audience with all the things his own grandmother said that scared some sense into him. It was too funny for words!
Last but certainly not least is the shortest, skinniest, and probably most intelligent comedian of the group: Myq Kaplan. He began Season 7 as my second favorite comedian purely because I can't help but fall madly in love with the nerdiest person in the group. Plus, I enjoy intelligent humor. Lately, though, I feel his ego is getting in the way. His jokes are falling flat, and I did not understand the repeated "jokes" about the audience clapping too much on July 19, 2010. I was frustrated that he didn't handle the audience's participation better.
Despite his sometimes pretentious attitude, I still enjoy a majority of his jokes. My favorite jokes were delivered on July 12, 2010 when he focused on reading and intelligence. Bullies don't like when kids are smart (knocking books out of hands so no one can read), and everyone going to see the films rather than reading the books. Solid performance, Myq.