Just one week before the season finale, State College comedian Joe Machi has been eliminated from NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.”
But that doesn’t mean he didn’t tell another round of crowd-pleasing jokes.
Machi was the last to perform after Rod Man, Nikki Carr and Lachlan Patterson, the other remaining competitors. Despite telling more jokes throughout the season than just about any other comedian, Machi was prepared with fresh material.
As always, his set involved jokes about a wide range of topics including evolution, college parties and even international politics.
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“Iran keeps goading us into a war, but we took over the country to their left, Iraq. And we took over the country to their right, Afghanistan. It’s almost like no one in Iran has ever played Risk before,” Machi joked. “And maybe Iran has one nuclear weapon. America has so many nuclear weapons that, over the years, we have lost eight of them in the ocean. Do you guys know how hard it is to lose eight of anything? I can’t even lose one virginity.”
While two of the judges, Russell Peters and Roseanne Barr, praised his jokes, Keenen Ivory Wayans shared one disappointment he had with the performance.
“Joe, you know it’s interesting. I’ve been following you through this competition, and you’ve changed,” Wayans said. “You started out as this kind of nervous, really awkward guy, and now you have this confidence and this twinkle and I feel like I got tricked. I fell in love with the awkward guy and now this guy comes out and I think, for me, you kind of get away with more when (you’re) uncomfortable.”
With only four comedians left in the competition, the judges said that they had a tough choice to make. Barr fought for Machi but he was sent home — after getting some praise from host J.B. Smoove, the judges and the remaining competitors.
Before leaving, Machi said, “Normally, I don’t have to compete against other comics, but on the flipside of that, normally no one’s at my shows, and no one comes to see me because I’m not a name that people know. Hopefully now people will come to see my shows and buy T-shirts that are overpriced that have my picture on it.”
Machi will perform this fall with the Last Comic Standing Live Tour.