If Norfolk and area residents turn in to episodes of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” this spring and find themselves thinking, “I’ve seen a lot of these comedians before” — it’s because they have.
The eighth season of “Last Comic Standing” kicks off Thursday night at 8 p.m., featuring 100 stand-up comedians who were handpicked for invitations to participate in the show.
Of those 100, 20 of them have either appeared in Norfolk at the Great American Comedy Festival in past years or will be part of this year’s festival next month.
This year’s festival, which is presented by Nucor, is set for Wednesday, June 11, through Saturday, June 14. Twenty stand-up comedians will participate in the festival’s two preliminary competition shows on Thursday, June 12, and Friday, June 13, with eight advancing to Saturday’s finals.
Of the 20 scheduled to be in Norfolk, six are part of the “Last Comic Standing” lineup this season — Alingon Mitra, Adrienne Iapalucci, Adam Newman, Tracey Ashley, Michael Somerville and Joe Zimmerman.
Those part of “Last Comic Standing” that have previously appeared in Norfolk for the comedy festival are:
2008 festival: Erin Jackson and Shane Mauss,
2009 festival: Mike Vechhione, Tim Harmston, Andy Woodhull, Mike Palascak and Keith Alberstedt.
2010 festival: Tommy Ryman and Aparna Narcherla.
2011 festival: Carmen Lynch
2012 festival: Andrew Sleighter, Dave Waite and Pete Lee
2013 festival: Joe Macchi.