Exclusive Interview: The Winner of 'Last Comic Standing'
Exclusive Interview: The Winner of 'Last Comic Standing'
On tonight's finale of Last Comic Standing, it all came down to the final two: Lavell Crawford and Jon Reep. During the two hour episode, the finalists were roasted by fellow comics, including Jeffrey Ross, top 10 finalist Doug Benson, and one of this season's talent scouts, Alonzo Bodden.  Dane Cook also made a special appearance on the show to wish the contestants good luck.  How convenient since the name of his new movie is called Good Luck Chuck!  After a parade of special guests and montages, the winner was announced.  Minutes after the results, the winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing stepped off stage and called BuddyTV first to talk about his big win.


Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.

Hey everybody, this is Gina from BuddyTV and I am talking to the winner of Last Comic Standing, Jon Reep. Jon, congratulations.

Thank you.

Well, it's gotta be pretty crazy. You must have just stepped off stage.

Yes, literally about ten minutes ago, I found out.

So, I guess we can assume that you haven't had any time to process this information?

You're about right. It hasn't totally hit me yet. I've just been walking around, hugging everybody, shaking hands, kissing people, getting streamers and confetti out of my hair. Yeah, it's great.

Well, it seemed like it was gonna be a really close race between you and Lavell. Were you worried?

I was worried. I was definitely worried. I think Lavell's one of the funniest guys I know, and I've gotten to know him over the past couple of months, you know, hanging out with him and stuff. It couldn't have been a closer race with anybody because, he's great. Yeah, I mean, I seriously had no thought one way or the other what was going to happen because Lavell's got a good following out there and people like Lavell. You know, he's a funny dude. You just, you never know.

Have you tried out for the show before, or was this your first year?

It was my first year. I've been watching it, and I was always kind of hesitant about doing the show, and I didn't like it at first because, you know, they made it more of a reality show and I wanted it to be more about the stand-up comedy part of it. I never really liked comedy as a competition because I was actually on Star Search with Arsenio Hall and I had a horrible experience on that show. And I told myself, "Never again will I do this." But I fortunately had good people on my side who said, "No, you should do it because you can't really beat the exposure." They're trying to get more established comics into the competition this year. And they took out the fact that we have to live together in a house, on a boat.  So, I thought, "You know what? Maybe it is a good time to audition for it." So I bit the bullet and did it, and I'm glad I did.

Well, what comics this season really ended up impressing you?

My goodness. Well, Lavell, Gerry Dee, Doug Benson, Amy Schumer. Those are my favorites.

And how did you feel you did in those challenges along the way? Did you like those?

I hated them. The hard one was the heckle challenge because that was the first challenge we did. And we hadn't really had time to meet each other and get to know each other, and then all of a sudden, we had to go on stage and insult each other. I don't even like heckling, you know. And I didn't even like the fact that it was a challenge because when I go do comedy, I don't get heckled because people actually enjoy what I'm saying. I was kind of, I don't like the fact that this show has that on there because it's kind of like, people at home will watch this and think, "Oh look, it's on Last Comic Standing, it must be part of comedy, you're supposed to heckle," which is not true because, usually, if that happens, the club will kick you out. So, I just didn't like that whole thing. That was the hardest one for me.

You seem like a really regular guy who just happens to be funny. Do you think that you were just yourself throughout the competition? It's probably what paid off in the end.

Yeah, I mean, I didn't know what else to do. So, I figured I'll go with me. [Laughter] One of the hard parts was trying to figure out what material, what comedy bits, I should do when. You know, should I save this bit for this thing? Should I come right out of the gate with this bit? That's the hard part of it too, strategizing. Because when you want to do comedy, normally you'll have on stage 45 minutes to an hour at a time, and I'm not used to trying to figure out what to do in just four minutes, you know, just 90 seconds, what would work. And it's really hard trying to trim down some of your stuff and fit it into that time frame.

And how long have you been doing comedy?

About ten years now.

So you must have done some pretty bad gigs leading up to Last Comic Standing.

Yeah, I had to do a community college in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in, like, December. And they had booked me to do two shows, one in the afternoon and one at night. So, I go there and, you know, it's noon, and the show is in a cafeteria. No one is there to bring me on stage or introduce me. I just gotta go up there and start doing comedy. And there were maybe 100 kids there at the most, but they're not there for comedy, they're eating, you know, and I just happened to be a guy with a microphone in the corner, being loud. So that was pretty bad. And then I had to come back that night. This lady, she paid me for both shows, and she goes, "Alright, this check is for both shows, and you better come back for that second show." And I'm like, "Of course, I'm coming back, I've got nothing to do. It's Green Bay!"

So, I came back that night and there were literally four people in the cafeteria. And they weren't there for the show either. They were there doing homework and eating, you know, snacks. And the lady in charge wasn't there. And I found her finally, and I said, "Hey, I'm here for the second show," and she's like, "Oh sorry! Okay, um..." But she totally forgot. So, I could have gotten away with it. And I was like, "Yeah, there's only four people here. Do you really want me to do it?" And then she copped an attitude for no reason and is like, "Oh, you'll do it, or you'll give me that money back." And I'm like, "Uh, I'm here. I'll talk to that chair before you get that money back." So, I went on stage, and there were four people sitting there, and I'm like, "Hey, I wanna apologize to you guys. I know you're doing homework but I've been forced to talk out loud for an hour, or else I'm not gonna get paid. So, you know, if you wanna go somewhere where you can study, I'd say leave now because I'm gonna be here." And they're like, "Oh, that's cool." It actually turned out to be a lot of fun.

Well, life seems a lot better now. And you're leaving for the tour this weekend, right?

That's right. We leave Friday and go to Uncasville, Connecticut and do some Indian casino up there.

Well, I just wanted to congratulate you again. I'm so happy for you, and we'll see you on the tour.

You got it. Thank you so much, Gina.

- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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