Comedy Central has reached a deal to rebroadcast NBC summer series The
Last Comic Standing: The Search for the Funniest Person in America within a
week after it premieres on the "Peacock Network," officials said Wednesday.
Comedy has licensed the second window for the series, which is hosted and
executive-produced by actor/comedian Jay Mohr, from NBC Enterprises.
NBC has committed to eight episodes of the show, which will feature a
nationwide search for professional and nonprofessional comics.
With Comedy in the mix now, the contest winner will not only get an exclusive
talent contract with NBC, but also a standup special on the cable network.
As part of the new reality show, once 10 finalists are picked, following
semifinals in New York and Los Angeles, they will have to live together in a
house to compete to win.
"The Last Comic Standing collaboration is an example of effective
program repurposing, as it serves both NBC's and Comedy Central's objectives
with respect to innovative programming and branding," Frances Manfredi, senior
vice president of cable sales for NBC Enterprises, said in a prepared