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.