NBC’s Last Comic Standing is a standup, knock-down blast of hilarity that eliminates comedians from a field of 100 based on their ability—or inability—to make judges and audiences laugh.
The five comedians that remain at the end of the show will be cracking up crowds at NYCB Theatre at Westbury Sunday, September 28 during its fall tour. Often faced with limited time to come up with an act, these five comedians will showcase their witty sense of spontaneous humor at venues across the nation as well.
The top five comics for this year’s show include: Rocky LaPorte, Lachlan Patterson, Nikki Carr, Rod Man, and Joe Machi. Since the beginning of the show these comedians have avoided elimination by celebrity judges or audiences, and have more than proven their worth as standup comics.
Finishing in fifth, Rocky LaPorte is no stranger to performing on national television. Known for his trademark Brooklyn accent, he has a special on Comedy Central and his performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was received with a standing ovation. Although Rocky has opened for Tim Allen, Louie Anderson, Drew Carry, and others, this rising comic has proven that he is fully capable of being the main attraction.
Penn State graduate Joe Machi is a supermarket customer service manager-turned-standup comic. In 2006, he abandoned his supermarket career for good, and moved to New York City in pursuit of his dream. After working at Comic Strip Live, Carolines on Broadway, and Stand Up NY, he dominated the New York Underground Comedy Festival, winning the Emerging Comics contest. Among other high-placing performances in other contests, Joe appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Known for his well-timed delivery and seemingly infinite amount of new material, Joe Machi will not disappoint on this fall’s Last Comic Standing Tour.
The nationwide romp will crack up 50 venues across the country and will begin its no-holds-barred trek September 16 in Tuscon, Arizona, ending back on the West Coast in Southern California on November 22. The acts will take place in the form of individual standup comedy routines.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Nikki Carr started working as a standup comedian at the age of 34. As loud as she is—and she gets loud—Nikki has the material and comedic timing to back up her boisterous delivery. Seventeen years after her start in comedy, her resume includes performances at clubs, military bases and comedy shows.
Growing up in Atlanta, comedian Rod Man began his career as a standup comic at a young age, signing up for open mic nights at the Uptown Comedy Club. Since then, he has appeared on a wide variety of TV shows, from The Bad Boys of Comedy to Martin Lawrence’s First Amendment.
Lachlan Patterson has had a unique battle prior to his success on Last Comic Standing. He originally turned down an offer to participate on the show in favor of being a dog walker, afraid of being rejected yet again; this year was not his first appearance on the show. In fact, the first time he came on Last Comic Standing, he was brutally rejected. Told his material was not original enough and that he should try being a model instead, Patterson has come a long way since that rejection. Once known only for being a hot comic, Lachlan is now recognized as one of the funniest.
Sunday, September 28, the Last Comic Standing tour stops in Westbury. There is no better opportunity to watch these established comics showcase their best material—and laugh your pants off lol!
NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com
$39.50, $59.50. 7 p.m. September 28