And then there were 10.
Last night, the last group of semi-finalists squared off for their chance to join the other five comedians chosen for the finals.
The judges (minus Peters) actually seemed to have even more insight than past weeks, which made this week the best-coached episode thus far.
Emily Galati, the Acme Comedy Co. favorite, was packaged into the dreaded first montage of the night, although arguably the comics given the montage treatment gave stronger performances than those who were given longer sets prior. While her time was short, her bit about obesity and bike theft was fantastically pointed and painfully accurate.
The comic who received the best feedback of the night was Nikki Carr, who has consistently delivered some of the funniest sets of the competition thus far. Not surprisingly, Carr advanced to the final 10.
Other breakout stars of the night included Alingon Mitra, Erin Jackson, and
Jasper Redd, all of whom crushed but unfortunately didn't make it to the next round.
One thing we need to talk about is the fact that the show has completely abandoned their human interest-style video packages. While this is the semi-finals and the focus is supposed to be on the comedians, we're halfway through the season and we still don't know pretty much anything about most of the remaining comedians. One of the few exceptions last night was Rocky LaPorte, the hilarious grandpa whose family-man lifestyle was quickly showcased before his set. The judges were surprisingly rough on Rocky, keeping us wondering as to whether or not he'd advance. Fortunately, he made it through, and will join the other nine remaining comedians in the finals starting next week.
One new feature of the show that debuted this week was the "Comic Comeback," allowing viewers to vote on which eliminated comedians should be allowed back to perform during the season finale. In what we can only assume is a giant conspiracy, our favorite Twin Cities comedians were not included in the voting, confirming our suspicions that the comedy world fears Minnesota.
By the end of the episode, we had our top 10 comedians who will move on in the competition. These talented ladies and gentlemen included:
Monroe Martin (@MonroeMartinIII)
Joe Machi (@JoeMachi)
Aida Rodriguez (@FunnyAida)
Jimmy Shubert (@JimmyShubert)
Lachlan Patterson (@lachjaw)
DC Benny (@DCBenny)
Nikki Carr (@NikkiCarr)
Rocky LaPorte (@RockyLaPorte)
Rod Man (@RodManComedy)
Next week, the reality element really kicks in with the introduction of the challenge round, which will include HI-LARIOUS contests that include sketch comedy, tour guiding at Universal Studios, and more.