NBC announced plans for the return of its comedy competition “Last Comic Standing,” with “Saturday Night Live” alum Norm Macdonald joining the judges’ panel.
Macdonald joins returning judges Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans. The show also has a new host coming aboard in Anthony Jeselnik, a veteran of Comedy Central’s roasts. Wanda Sykes returns as executive producer along with Page Hurwitz, with Javier Winnik also exec producing.
The show is set to launch a new season this summer.
NBC says in its announcement: “’Last Comic Standing’ resumes its search for the funniest comic in the country with its most accomplished panel of judges to date, surprise celebrity guests and a new riveting head-to-head phase of the competition. The new eight-episode season will open up with hilarious auditions by invitation only. The top 100 comics in America will vie for 40 spots. These 40 will then compete in a semifinal round and the best of the best will emerge, with the top 10 moving into the compelling new head to head round. In this phase, they will be paired in a high stakes single-elimination round of stand-up standoffs.”
Macdonald spent five seasons on NBC’s “SNL,” where he anchored “Weekend Update” and became known for impressions such as Burt Reynolds, Bob Dole and David Letterman.