Missed the original airing on Wednesday but saw the replay on Bravo on Thursday.
Looks like an interesting season so far...I'm mostly watching because St. Louis-area comedienne Andi Smith is in the running and I'm rooting for her. I'm also familiar with a few other folks who tried out, including Bob Biggerstaff. I'll admit that I was mostly watching for folks that I'm familiar with(I listen to Bob & Tom a lot and frequent the comedy clubs in the STL area)...
I can't believe Mel Silverback has made it this far. I can't be the only one waiting for the Hollywood trainwreck, because his schtick will get old fast.
EDIT (for clarification purposes): It's not that he wasn't funny. He had some good stuff and was good for a gimmick entry. But can this act really stay fresh beyond...oh, say...three weeks? I don't think it can and I don't think a fickle Hollywood crowd will buy his act at all. I will admit, though, that he's got a hell of a stage presence and charisma to spare.
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He was okay, but I think the comedians who "play it straight" don't tend to be fond of the folks with gimmicks or props. I've been doing open-mics for about a year and I kinda see where they're coming from.
Originally posted by The GoonActually, Mel was the guy who made me laugh the most in the show.
Really? Not me. I thought the judging in the Montreal segment was awful--I thought Mel was very mediocre and Debra was just flat-out bad. (You're single. I get it.) My fiancee and I thought Richard Ryder was light-years funnier than either and James Cunningham (the guy who did the "Alejandro" bit" was much funnier as well.
My wife and I always think they should take more from the auditions, but we understand that they're looking for a specific combination of funny/reality show personality/interesting backstory on most of the comics they choose.
For the record, I loved Mel Silverback on first viewing, but watching it again with my wife, I saw the potential for it to grow old really quick. Hopefully he (it) has the jokes to keep it going as I don't mind the comics with props up to and including Carrot Top (there, I said it).
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Not familiar with many of them, but didn't find Arj Barker funny at all. Pete Dominick had me cracking up. I would love to see if James P Connolly tries out, I listen to him quite a bit on Sirius and think he's hilarious, but obscure enough to be on this kind of show.
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Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon My fiancee and I thought Richard Ryder was light-years funnier than either and James Cunningham (the guy who did the "Alejandro" bit" was much funnier as well.
My wife and I thought the same thing. We thought Ryder was very funny and would be a good "reality show" fit for later on, too. We aren't sure why he didn't make it. Then again, if the three judges really are making the decisions, I don't trust Ant to make an informed decision.
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Originally posted by whateverDid anyone catch last night's show? The highlight for me was seeing Thea Vidale and recognizing who she was immediately.
Yeah, I thought it was kinda weird that someone that used to have her own network sitcom is now competing with unknowns on a reality show. Then again, in my limited previous experience with this show I've noticed some other comics that I vaguely recognize, so I guess it isn't ALL unknowns.
Saw a couple more familiar faces at the Minneapolis auditions on the episode tonight...I've met Tommy Johnagin and Auggie Smith and I know Bob Zany from the Bob & Tom Show. Johnagin advanced to the next round, but Auggie is lodging a formal protest on the grounds of discrimination against the follicly-challenged. :-D
Right now, he seems to be at the level of Default Talk Show Host (at least he's not as bad as Tony Danza) in that his material (to me, at least) comes off as easy jokes that are only mildly interesting because of his accent.