State College comedian Joe Machi narrowly avoided elimination on this week’s “Last Comic Standing” after winning the show’s first triple-elimination round.
Thursday’s episode of NBC’s reality show challenged the seven remaining comedians to improvise jokes while guiding a tour group around Universal Studios Hollywood.
Machi was able to draw some laughs from the crowd, but Lachlan Patterson won the challenge and earned immunity from the elimination vote.
After each comedian decided who he or she wanted to send home, host J.B. Smoove announced that Machi had received the most votes. But Machi was allowed to choose another contestant to compete against in a standup showdown, the winner of which would move on to the next round.
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Machi picked Monroe Martin and the two quickly prepared a set of jokes to tell in front of a live audience and judges Keenen Ivory Wayans, Russell Peters and Roseanne Barr. Machi went first and warmed up the crowd with his typical edgy humor.
“Everything is too political and mean. Like people keep comparing other people to Hitler. People compare Obama to Hitler and Bush to Hitler. Ridiculous. Hitler was a much better public speaker,” he joked. “Hitler convinced tens of millions of people that blond-haired people are superior when he had brown hair.”
The judges were quick to praise Machi’s performance, with Barr adding, “I am so impressed.”
Martin told jokes about racism, homophobia and bears. The judges liked his performance and couldn’t make a decision when it came time to eliminate one of the comedians. For the first time in “Last Comic Standing” history, they asked the comedians to perform two more times before they were able to make up their minds.
Machi moved on to the top six and will return next week. After Smoove declared him the winner, Machi summed up the night: “It was the most epic and craziest elimination ever.”