Rod Man is the Winner of Last Comic Standing
After 13 emotional and action packed episodes of Last Comic Standing, comedians Lachlan Patterson, Rod Man and Nikki Carr were left to battle it out for the title of Last Comic Standing, $250,000, an NBC talent deal and a half-hour scripted development deal with Universal Television. In the end, judges Roseanne Barr, Russell Peters and Keenen Ivory Wayans decided Rod Man was the best rising comedian in the United States.
“All three of you gave America three different perspectives on how to watch comedy,” Peters said moments before the winner was announced. “And that’s what makes people watch it. And it’s people like you that make people who aren’t comedy fans become comedy fans.”
The current season of Last Comic Standing, hosted by JB Smoove, started on May 22 with 100 comedians from around the country. And we got to see special guest comedians like Amy Schumer, Howie Mandel, Gilbert Gottfried, Jay Leno and more help out the comedians along the way. In the beginning, those comedians were vying for one of the top 20 spots. Those 20 competed in a semi-final round. The 10 comics who survived the semi-finals then had to compete in a series of challenges ranging from sketch comedy, improv and, of course, stand-up. Those 10 comedians were Jimmy Shubert, Aida Rodriguez, DC Benny, Monroe Martin, Karlous Miller, Rocky LaPorte, Joe Machi, Lachlan Patterson, Rod Man and Nikki Carr. Shubert and Rodriguez were voted off in week seven, while Benny was voted off in week eight. Miller, LaPorte and Machi followed in weeks nine, 10 and 11, respectively. Which left Patterson, Carr and Rod Man to battle it out for the title on tonight’s Last Comic Standing finale.
Of course, there could only be one Last Comic Standing. And that one comic is Los Angeles based Rod Man, a family man from Villa Rica, GA who married his high school sweetheart 13 years ago. The good news for the rest of the Last Comic Standing finalists is that they’ll be heading out on a 51-show national live tour starting Sept. 16 in Tucson, AZ and ending Nov. 22 in Los Angeles. Some other good news is that Last Comic Standing has already been renewed for a ninth season! Wanda Sykes will return as the show’s executive producer.