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
I'm glad you all talked me into trying this show, this season was a lot of fun. I liked The Bubble better, for the circle desk (and the swiveling away) and Andy having fun on the fourth floor (better than a pit)