1:19pm PT by Philiana Ng
NBC's 'Last Comic Standing' Sets New Host and Judges
NBC's revived comedy competition Last Comic Standing has unveiled its new host and judges.
J.B. Smoove will take the reins as host of the eighth season 13-episode revamp, with celebrity judges Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters.
The new effort, executive produced by Wanda Sykes, Page Hurwitz and Javier Winnik, will launch with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, May 22 from 9-11 p.m., with Last Comic airing in its regular Thursdays at 10 p.m. starting the following week.
“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, J.B. as host and Wanda, Page and Javier at the helm, there will be plenty of laughter all summer.”
Part of the grand prize on Last Comic includes an NBC talent deal and a half-hour scripted project to be developed by sister studio Universal Television.
Last Comic's return to television comes after a three-year absence on NBC's schedule. A regular summer staple, previous hosts for the competition series had included Jay Mohr, Anthony Clark, Bill Bellamy, Fearne Cotton and Craig Robinson