Last Comic Standing – Casting Guide

Contestants: 100 per season
Top Prize: $250,000 + NBC Development Deal
Selectivity: 3 Stars

Last Comic Standing – Show Overview

This show premiered in 2000 and has gone through several format changes. Season 8 featured JB Smoove and was produced by Wanda Sykes. The show featured a lot more comic themed weekly challenges with next to no time spent on the contestants living situation. This is a radical departure from earlier seasons in which we’d see the contestants around their home dissing other contestants. Additionally, this season really added a lot of guest stars such as Jay Leno to help build ratings and give visibility to the people on the show.

For aspiring or experienced comics, this is about the best possible show to appear. Even if you only make the initial audition in front of the judges you can book yourself as appearing on Last Comic Standing, and the further you make it the more demand there will be. Contestants like Nikki Carr or Joe Machi could likely fill a comedy club in the country. While Rodman was the sole winner, the reality is that all the finalists will see a huge spike in their careers. Additionally, the top 5 also go on tour across the US which will give them an opportunity to build more connections.

Last Comic Standing Casting Tips

This show does not feature an open casting call or audition like most other reality talent shows . The show accepts applications through their gmail account, and then cuts the applicants down to 100 people. From there, the 100 people who are on the show will perform multiple rounds of standup comedy until the field has been whittled down to 10 or 12 which are moved to LA for the weekly challenges. We have included two example audition videos. The video below is a set done by Tammy Pescatelli. She was a finalist on two seasons of the show. This is a great illustration of being likable by a broad audience. She covers some topics that are a bit edgy without going too far so that her sets can easily be aired on NBC .

Applicant Restrictions:

  • Must be 18+ Years Old
  • Must be a US Resident


Online Applications

The production staff is actively recruiting for next season. As they do not have an online form, the only method of submitting your application is to email In the email, you should include:
  • Your Name
  • Contact Information (Phone/Email)
  • Brief Bio (Less than 400 words)
  • Link to a Video of a set

The show’s producers get bombarded with emails so they don’t necessarily respond to everyone. This is unfortunately a fire and forget sort of model. You can check back here to see when casting closes additionally, we will be updating our twitter account with updates on the show if you would like to follow us.

Finally, if you applied to be on this show, we’d love to hear your story whether or not you were selected to appear on air. Feel free to click the link below to share your story with us and our┬áreaders.