Norm MacDonald and Anthony Jeselnik Join ‘Last Comic Standing’

Saturday Night Live alum Norm Macdonald has joined the NBC reality program Last Comic Standing as a judge, while Anthony Jeselnik has been brought on to host the series.

Macdonald replaces Russell Peters at the judging table, joining returning judges Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans. Jeselnik will be taking hosting duties held by J.B. Smoove for the eight-episode ninth season premiering this summer.

This time around, NBC will invite 100 comics to vie for 40 spots, with the Top 10 moving into the single-elimination head-to-head rounds. The Top 5 comedians make the finals, and the winner will score a prize package worth $250,000 and a TV show development deal.

“We are excited that Norm is joining Roseanne and Keenen in helping us find America’s newest comedy star,” said Paul Telegdy, president, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “This is a hugely talented and iconic panel.” In regards to Jeselnik, Telegdy added, “Anthony will add his unique quick-witted humor as the host of the show.”


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  1. Norm is back, this show just got it’s 5 stars. Congratulations for the managers of this program, you just hit an ace with Norm!!