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Last Comic Standing: Ten reasons to watch…OK, maybe eight

Last Comic Standing kicked off the first of the “America votes” episodes on Monday night with sets from each of the top ten comedians chosen. Though I’ve disagreed with a lot of the judges’ choices over the past few episodes, I was excited to see what each comedian would bring to his or her set now that they had America to impress. So without further ado, let’s review how they all did.

Laurie Kilmartin
I didn’t necessarily think Laurie deserved to be in the top ten, but I don’t dislike her either. She looked lovely, and her jokes were pretty funny. I liked the stuff about her being offended that her ex’s mistress was a terrible speller.

Felipe Esparza
OK, so I really wasn’t a fan of Felipe in the earlier episodes, but I tried to go into the top ten with an open mind. I tried, but I just don’t like him. It’s his delivery, it’s too stoner for me and his jokes feel kind of stale.

Roy Wood Jr.
I’ve always liked Roy, and I thought he did really well last night. I like the “I got punched in a sports bar” story, especially the bit about the Lacoste shirt logo.

Maronzio Vance
Pretty much anything could be funny in comparison to Craig Robinson wearing a Santa suit. Was that really necessary? I really liked Maronzio’s bit about trying to be a superhero. He screwed up his last joke a bit, but overall I still thought he had a great set.

Rachel Feinstein
I want to see Rachel succeed, because I want there to be more hot female comics. It sounds weird, I know, but I feel like there aren’t enough of them. I thought her description of her mom was completely hilarious.

Tommy Johnigan
Tommy was another finalist I’d been a fan of all along. I wish he’d worn some better fitting clothes. He also talked about his family, and again it was hilarious. He’s definitely one of my favorites, along with Rachel and Maronzio.

Jonathan Thymius
Oh, god. Jonathan Thymius. Whatever it is that he does, it most certainly is not my thing. I tried to go into Felipe’s set with an open mind but I couldn’t set my prior judgments aside for this guy. I thought it wasn’t possible for me to hate him more, but the burping really put me over the edge. I can’t stand this guy.

James Adomian
I remembered liking James Adomian, but I couldn’t remember why. Maybe it was because he reminded me of Jason Mraz. The Aesop joke was incredibly long-winded and had very little payoff. His Paul Giamatti impression was dead-on and hilarious, though.

Mike DeStefano
Mike DeStefano wasn’t one of my favorites, but I knew he’d be better than Jonathan Thymius. The stuff about guys who have higher self esteem than appropriate was funny, but the racial jokes were kind of predictable.

Myq Kaplan
Myq Kaplan closed out the show. Even though he’s not my favorite, I think he is a favorite among the viewers and could be a potential winner. I liked the “I am a vegan, do we have any other douchebags here?” joke, and that he described it as “vegetarian, but more annoying”. I also thought it was hilarious when he said vegans and vegetarians live longer because no one ever invites them to do anything fun or dangerous, and that they have to be careful not to cry into their drinks because tears are a by-product of human suffering. All in all, I laughed a lot more during his set than I expected.

So my favorites of the night were Maronzio Vance, Rachel Feinstein, Tommy Johnagin and Myq Kaplan. I was surprised to hear that three comics will be eliminated next week. So many, so soon! I’d like to see Jonathan Thymius and Felipe Esparza go, and I could also do without Laurie Kilmartin or Mike Destefano. Who was your favorite? Which three would you cut?

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