Jay Leno Returns to NBC on 'Last Comic Standing'

The former "Tonight Show" host steps in as the talent show's final mentor.
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Jay Leno

Jay Leno returns to NBC on Thursday as the final mentor of its comedy talent show, Last Comic Standing.

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The former Tonight Show host appears in the competition's "Title Round," during which the five remaining comics are surprised by host J.B. Smoove with a trip to Las Vegas to work with "one of the funniest comedians in the world." Leno is introduced by  Wanda Sykes and is candidly asked questions about stand-up comedy. NBC notes that he answers them all, sharing personal stories and anecdotes about his experience as a comedian while also giving career advice.

Afterward, the finalists perform sets for judges Roseanne BarrKeenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters, who will determine which four will advance to the next round and which comic is headed home.

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The season eight finale of Last Comic Standing airs Aug. 14. The show's winner will receive a prize package worth $250,000, including a cash prize, a talent deal and a development deal for a television show.

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