After report that NBC’s stand-up comedy competition, the only TV program of its kind, would not be returning to air for another season, the Last Comic Standing’s seventh season ended up taking the summer by storm. While the show hasn’t crowned a winner yet, the comedy competition has secured the fate of the top five with a national tour following the finale of the show. The competition has already narrowed down the comedic bunch to five finalists- Felipe Esparza, Mike Destefano, Myq Kaplan, Roy Wood Jr. and Tommy Johnagin. A 56-date tour has been confirmed kicking off September 8th in Chico, CA stretching through the holiday season and wrapping up February 20th in Mobile, AL.
The seventh season marked the return to the NBC reality TV lineup after being absent from the 2009 programming, premiering on June 7, 2010, hosted by Craig Robinson. The season’s winner will be announced during the show’s next live broadcast on August 9th as the votes shift from the studio audience to a live television audience. The Last Comic Standing will walk away with $250,000 and a talent contract with NBC in addition to a headlining spot on the upcoming tour. The final performances from the top five will take place this Monday, August 9th, on the season wrap-up before a pre-tour month-long hiatus. The Last Comic Standing and his four, fellow competitors will perform at the Wilbur Theater, host to some of the year’s biggest comedy stints including Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Tom Green and Aziz Ansari, on October 1st.