'Last Comic Standing' recap 'The Invitationals: Night 4'

By Marie Blake,

On Thursday's episode of Last Comic Standing, the final night of invitationals kicked off.

The night started with Karlous Miller from Mississippi. Miller is a former firefighter who dreamed of traveling the world to find his new calling, which led to comedy. His skit consisted of hair weave and how California differs from everywhere else. Rosanne Barr called his set "Non-stop funny." Russell Peters applauded Miller for his ability to relate to the audience. Keenen Ivory Wayans compared Miller to another successful comedian, Martin Lawrence.

Joel Zimmerman then took the stage, comparing cute and cuddly pets to vicious and scary reptiles. The judges praised his likability, and Peters mentioned he loved Zimmerman's "sarcastic undertone." Wayans critiqued his habit of drifting away from the mike, and told him that he needed to be louder.

Tim Harmstom took the stage next. His set consisted of problems he deals with by being married to another comedian. Peters told Harmstom that he has great potential. Both Wayans and Barr critiqued Harmstom for his inconsistency, but applauded his "likable" personality.

Yamaneika Saunders was praised for her set on wanting to be a damsel in distress.

DeAnne Smith provided what Wayans called the joke of the night: "Tell it to my balls."

Nikki Carr's set consisted of her appreciation for not having to be sexy to be on the show. She goes on to talk about her dedication to food. The judges praised her presentation and rhythm. Wayans compared her to late comedian Bernie Mac.

Billy Wayne Davis from Tennessee took the stage, and spoke about leaving Tennessee compared to his high school classmates who stayed. The judges complimented his connection with the audience and his great timing and writing. Wayans loved his confidence.

The judges called tonight one of the toughest nights, knowing that they have to chose a select few from the bunch.

Mike Gaffney took the stage next. He spoke about not wanting kids, despite the fact that he already has two children. He goes on to criticize the minds of his daughter and son. The judges loved his set. Wayans related to his talk on teenage girls. Peters applauded his fresh take, but criticized the start of his set, saying it took a while for him to get into his rhythm.

JC Coccoli takes the stage. Her set consisted of her bad decisions during the failing economy. Barr criticized Coccoli for starting her set with "Hey, How're you doing?" However she did enjoy her set.

Tommy Ryman spoke about pets and rescue animals. Barr loved his unique style, calling him one of a kind and original.

Monroe Martin takes the stage next. Martin explained his life growing up in foster homes. Wayans credited Martin for being what comedy is supposed to be, taking his dark past and transforming it into humor. Peters found his set insightful and funny. Barr praised his gift for putting his past behind him and looking at the light of the situation.

The judges must now deliberate and decide who will move on in the competition.

After going through everyone again, the judges chose these comedians to move on to the semi-finals:

Karlous Miller
DeAnne Smith
Nikki Carr
Tommy Ryman
Yamaneika Saunders
Mike Gaffney
Monroe Martin

Next week, the semi-finals kick off with 28 finalists fighting to remain on the show and possibly become the last comic standing.



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