Growing up, I was obsessed with Last Comic Standing. Back when you couldn’t find new comics every second on YouTube, Netflix and Instagram, Last Comic Standing was a show that introduced you to new up and coming comedians at the speed of light. Here are 15 comics we forgot were featured on the show but have since risen in popularity. (P.S. Season 3 was a combination of 20 comics featured from both seasons 1 and 2).

Todd Glass

Todd Glass

Netflix

L.A.’s favorite screaming comedian Todd Glass was once just a contestant on Last Comic Standing in season 2. Poor Todd was eliminated in the second round of the competition, and eliminated in the semifinals of season 3. 

Eddie Pepitone

Eddie Pepitone Last Comic Standing

NBC

I found a credit for Last Comic Standing on Eddie Pepitone’s IMDB and sure enough, he can be spotted in the first episode of the first season as one of the top 25 comics initially chosen. Eddie is the embodiment of the NYC comedy scene, so who better to represent the city than him.

Kathleen Madigan

Kathleen madigan

Image Entertainment

Kathleen Madigan joined Todd Glass in season 2 of Last Comic Standing. Kathleen made it all the way to the semifinals in season 2, and the semi-semi-finals of season 3. 

Theo Von

In season 4 Last Comic Standing  ran an online contest where comedians could submit self tapes, and viewers could pick a winner to be the Last Comic Downloaded. A young Theo Von won the poll earning him a spot on national TV.

Ralphie May

Ralphie May Last Comic Standing

NBC

Search the recesses of your mind. Do you remember THE Ralphie May being on Last Comic Standing? Ralphie made it all the way to the final round in the first season only to be defeated by Dat Phan. Pour a Big Gulp out for my boy, Ralphie.

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer

Conaco

America’s favorite Tampax spokesperson Amy Schumer actually got her big break from Last Comic Standing season 5. Schumer was a crowd favorite on the show and made it all the way to the top 4. 

Gabriel Iglesias

Gabriel Iglesias was in Season 4 of Last Comic Standing and remains the only person in the show’s history to be kicked out for not obeying the rules. He told Steve-O he was kicked off for secretly texting “his girl.”

Roy Wood, Jr

Roy Wood Jr.

Comedy Central

If you’ve ever gotten to see Roy Wood Jr. live, you know how this guy can kill. This hilarious Daily Show correspondent was a member of the season 7 lineup on Last Comic Standing, where he made it all the way to the finals.

Gary Gullman

Gary Gullman

New Wave Entertainment

This American Life’s sweetheart and all around comedy gentle giant, Gary Gullman was a contestant in season two of the show. Gary made it all the way to the top three of season two, and when brought back for season three, made it to the semifinals with Todd Glass.

Doug Benson

Doug Benson

Netflix

Doug Benson joined Amy Schumer on the fifth season of Last Comic Standing. He made it all the way to the top seven before he was eliminated, but at least it would give him time to go home and smoke more weed.

Iliza Shlesinger

Iliza Shlesinger

Netflix

Iliza Shlesinger has been dominating standup for so many years now it may be easy to forget that she was actually a part of the season 6 lineup on Last Comic Standing. She constantly destroyed on stage leading her to be named the last comic standing of that season.

Taylor Tomlinson

Taylor Thomlinson

NBC

Netflix has hitched their wagon to the brilliant Taylor Thomlinson in recent years, and we couldn’t be happier. Taylor also made it to the top 10 in season 9 of Last Comic Standing in 2015.

Dat Phan

Dat Phan

Comedy Central

Dat Phan was the very first comedian to win the coveted title of “Last Comic Standing” all the way back in 2003. Look how far he’s come since then!

Martha Kelly

Martha Kelly Last Comic Standing

NBC

Marth Kelly stole the show in Basket’s, but also blew the judges away when she was chosen to be in the top 25 in the first season of Last Comic Standing. She may not have advanced to the top ten on the show, but she was surely top ten in our hearts.

Lavell Crawford

Lavell Crawford Last Comic Standing

NBC

Lavell Crawford is hands down one of the funniest people alive today, but he made his national TV debut on the fifth season of Last Comic Standing. He came in second place behind household name Jon Reep.

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