A big shout out to Debra DiGiovanni. The Toronto comic was chosen tonight as one of 10 semi-finalists on competitive yuk-fest Last Comic Standing on NBC.
Each of the show's 16 comics from around the world were given about three minutes apiece to win over the audience and judges (including Tom Arnold, although I'm not sure what he's ever done to qualify to judge comedy). That's not a lot of time to build a rapport.
And while the audience seemed not to know quite what to make of the bubbling DiGiovanni, she easily had one of the top two or three sets of the night. Of course, this was the same crowd that gave the audience favourite award to the guy who pulled a bad Rich Little impression by recasting The Wizard of Oz with Nicholson, DeNiro and Christopher Lloyd. The audience ate it up - stupid, easily impressed audience - although his Lloyd and Gilbert Godfried (whom I'm sure no one but the judges know) were pretty spot on.
So, congrats Debra! Looking forward to the next round.