'Last Comic's' new season shows dark side

June 8, 2004 at 5:16 PM

LOS ANGELES, June 8 (UPI) -- The second season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" will feature veteran U.S. comedians competing with newcomers, it was revealed Tuesday.

The Tuesday premiere will show hosts Bob Read and Ross Mark on the road watching bad comedians as the reality series' sophomore season takes a darker turn, Zap2it.com reported.

"Comedy isn't pretty and a lot of the time it's not funny," Mark said.

The second season also will feature some better known comedians, including Sue Costello, who starred in her own 1998 Fox TV series, and Jim Norton, a regular on Colin Quinn's "Tough Crowd," because producers changed the rules to allow those with TV experience.

Of course, the series will feature the likes of newcomer Vladimir Khlynin, a 17-year-old from San Francisco.

Mark and Read, when they aren't scouting for the reality series, are talent executives for NBC's "The Tonight Show," approving performances for Jay Leno's late night program.

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