Last Comic Standing: Bjerke
Dalton Ross
September 17, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

See if ”Last Comic Standing” is a winner or a loser

VIEWERS 8.3 million

WHAT HAPPENED The Jay Mohr-hosted competition forced stand-up comedians to live together while competing for a Comedy Central special and NBC talent deal.

WHY IT WORKED The most amusing moments occurred off stage, like when the contestants persuaded eventual winner Dat Phan to spend an hour playing a game of hide-and-seek that didn’t actually exist.

LASTING CONTRIBUTION TO THE GENRE It actually is possible to simultaneously laugh with and at someone.

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