Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans & Russell Peters to Judge New Season of NBC's LAST COMIC STANDING
America's most compelling comedy competition is back Thursday, May 22(9-11 p.m. ET) when NBC's Emmy Award-nominated series "Last Comic Standing" returns with three new celebrity judges - comedy icons Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans, along with international comic sensation Russell Peters - as well as dynamic new host JB Smoove.
The series will air Thursdays (10-11 p.m.) following the premiere.
Emmy Award winner Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz ("Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious,"), who are producing partners at Push It Productions, will executive produce the season's 13 one-hour episodes, along with Javier Winnik ("The Marriage Ref").
"We are ready to bring back the funny with this relaunch of 'Last Comic Standing,' and can't wait to discover the next great stand-up," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. "With Keenen, Roseanne and Russell set as our new judges, JB as host and Wanda, Page and Javier at the helm, there will be plenty of laughter all summer."
"Last Comic Standing" resumes its search for the funniest comic in the country with innovative format changes, surprise celebrity guests and unexpected twists. The season will open up with hilarious auditions, this time by invitation only.
The top 100 comics in America will vie for 20 spots. These 20 will then compete in a semifinal round and the best of the best will emerge, with the top 10 moving into the compelling challenge rounds. In this phase, they will compete in different comedy disciplines, such as sketch, improv and stand-up, proving themselves both individually and in teams.
Then the funniest of all will take the coveted title of "Last Comic Standing," winning a prize package that includes an NBC talent deal and a half-hour scripted project to be developed by Universal Television.
Roseanne Barr began her career in stand-up comedy, turning her experiences as a wife and mother into a "domestic goddess" act that audiences couldn't resist. She went on to star in and produce her own hit sitcom, "Roseanne," which ran for nine seasons and averaged approximately 30 million viewers each week. The role earned Barr an Emmy Award as well as a Golden Globe, a Kids' Choice Award and multiple American Comedy Awards. In recent years, she guest-starred on "The Office" and "Portlandia," and her earlier TV credits include "My Name Is Earl," "Futurama," "The Nanny," "Third Rock from the Sun" and "The Larry Sanders Show."
Barr also had her own talk show, "The Roseanne Show," which earned her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination as outstanding talk show host. Her big-screen credits include "She Devil," "Freddy's Dead," "Blue in the Face" and "Meet Wally Sparks," and she voiced characters in "Look Who's Talking Too" and "Home on the Range." She has written three books: "Roseanne: My Life as a Woman," "My Lives" and, most recently, "Roseannearchy: Dispatches From the Nut Farm." The series "Roseanne's Nuts," which she also executive produced, followed Barr as she ran a nut farm in Hawaii.
Keenen Ivory Wayans is a multi-talented writer, director, producer and entertainer, perhaps best known for his groundbreaking series "In Living Color." His uncanny eye for talent was proven with "In Living Color," where he helped launch the careers of Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez and members of Wayans own talented family, including Kim, Damon, Shawn and Marlon Wayans.
After collaborating with comedian Eddie Murphy and earning writing credit on the star's concert film "Eddie Murphy Raw," Wayans then partnered with actor/director Robert Townsend and had his first hit film with "Hollywood Shuffle." He made his directorial debut with "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," in which he also starred, and went on to direct the record-breaking summer blockbuster "Scary Movie" and its sequel, "Scary Movie 2." He also wrote, directed and starred in "A Low Down Dirty Shame" as well as directing "White Chicks" and serving as producer, writer and director of "Little Man." Additional movie credits include "Dance Flick," "The Glimmer Man" and "Most Wanted." Wayans is currently set to write and executive produce a single half-hour comedy pilot and to launch a national stand-up tour with his brothers next year.