Last Thursday on Last Comic Standing
, the top 5 finalists chosen by America's votes went into a final showdown to determine who will win the $250,000 grand prize, the exclusive talent deal with NBC, a brand new Honda Pilot, a starring appearance in Jubilee! at Bally's Las Vegas and the coveted crown as the last comic standing. Iliza Shlesinger
won the sixth season of the competitive series, joining Dat Phan, John Heffron, Alonzo Bodden, Josh Blue
, and Jon Reep
in an elite group of comedians. Obviously, Shlesinger was the first female champ, which is a great achievement and something that will hopefully help launch her career to the next level. However, Shlesinger doesn't really perceive things that way as she is "not a female comic" and is instead "a comedian who happens to be female."
"I know that it registers with other people that I'm a female, but it has never registered with me in all the comedy I've done over the years. That's never been an issue. I've never blamed it, I'd never use it as a crutch," Shlesinger told RealityTVWorld.com.
"I think to a lot of people it means a lot of different things. But for me, I'm just Iliza and I won. I'm a comedian that won. The female thing I can't comment on because I just don't feel that in my heart," she added.
Describing herself as a "very competitive person" who wants "to win more than anything" whenever she's challenged, Shlesinger grew stronger as others doubt her more.
"I knew that I had to prove myself to myself and to the audience," she said. "At the end of the day, the audience was my main concern. I don't really care what the other comics think of me…I think the audience got a vested interest in me as the underdog early on. I think that was the key in me winning."
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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