The season finale of NBC’s Last Comic Standing took place Monday, August 9, revealing season 7′s winner to be Felipe Esparza.
The season finale episode starts with the top five finalists: Felipe Esparza, Myq Kaplan, Tommy Johnagin, Mike DeStefano and Roy Wood, Jr.
The season finale episode included stand-up comedy from all three Last Comic Standing judges, Andy Kindler, Natasha Leggero and Greg Giraldo. Guest stand-up performances featured NBC’s The Marriage Ref host, Tom Papa (an obvious attempt to cross promote shows) and star of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Kathy Griffin.
In an effort to stretch the show out even further, they include musical numbers by Craig Robinson, corny clips called The History of Last Comic Standing and even gave an award for Top Best Joke to semi-finalist Kurt Metzger for his bit about Michael Jackson’s death.
Throughout all the filler, Craig Robinson announces those voted off, one at a time. First to go is Myq Kaplan, who finished with the least amount of votes of the top five. Next to go is Mike DeStefano and Roy Wood, Jr., in that order. The top two left are Felipe Esparza and Tommy Johnagin. They each perform one final time. Both performances were shaky, probably due to nerves.
After an excessively, dramatic build up to the announcement, Criag Robinson announces that Felipe Esparza is season seven’s Last Comic Standing.