Bring the Funny

Bring the Funny
GenreReality
Talent contest
Presented byAmanda Seales
Judges
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • David Friedman
  • Matilda Zoltowski
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseJuly 9, 2019 –
present

Bring the Funny is an American comedy competition series that premiered on July 9, 2019 on NBC.[1]

Hosted by comedian Amanda Seales, the series features various comedy acts performing in front of an audience for a chance to win $250,000. The first season consisted of 11 episodes: 10 regular episodes [2][3] and an additional results episode for the finale. Judges for the series include Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy.[4]

Open Mic[edit]

The Open Mic round features 40 contestants with 10 acts per episode. The judges then selected six out of the 10 acts to move onto the Comedy Clash.

Week 1[edit]

Participant Genre From Result
Matt Rife Standup Los Angeles, California Advanced
Frangela Sketch Los Angeles, California Advanced
Jarred Fell Variety Auckland, New Zealand Advanced
Harry & Chris Variety Ealing, United Kingdom Advanced
Ali Kolbert Standup New York, New York Eliminated
Ian Lara Standup New York, New York Eliminated
Armando Anto Variety Los Angeles, California Eliminated
Mister Zed Variety New Jersey Eliminated
JK! Studios Sketch Provo, Utah Advanced
Orlando Leyba Standup Glendale, California Advanced

Week 2[edit]

Participant Genre From Result
Randy Feltface Variety Victoria, Australia Advanced
Michael Longfellow Standup Los Angeles, California Advanced
Room 28 Sketch New York, New York Eliminated
Willy Appleman Sketch Brooklyn, New York Advanced
Daphnique Springs Standup Burbank, California Eliminated
ISMO Standup Los Angeles, California Advanced
Mandy Muden Variety London, United Kingdom Eliminated
Regan & Watkins Variety Los Angeles, California Eliminated
Morgan Jay Variety Los Angeles, California Advanced
Jesus Trejo Standup Long Beach, California Advanced

Week 3[edit]

Participant Genre From Result
Calvin Evans Standup Los Angeles, California Advanced
Handsome Naked Variety Chicago, Illinois Eliminated
Kristin Key Variety Redondo Beach, California Advanced
Candice Thompson Standup Los Angeles, California Eliminated
Audrey Stewart Standup Los Angeles, California Eliminated
Drennon Davis Variety Los Angeles, California Advanced
Andrea Lopez Sketch Washington, D.C. Advanced
Lost Moon Radio Sketch Los Angeles, California Eliminated
Kids These Days Sketch New York, New York Advanced
Ali Siddiq Standup Houston, Texas Advanced

Week 4[edit]

Participant Genre From Result
Tacarra Williams Standup Los Angeles, California Advanced
The Valleyfolk Sketch Los Angeles, California Advanced
Rocky Dale Davis Standup Las Vegas, Nevada Advanced
Lewberger Variety Los Angeles, California Advanced
Becca Brown Variety Chicago, Illinois Eliminated
Graham Kay Standup Brooklyn, New York Eliminated
Leclerc Andre Standup Brooklyn, New York Eliminated
Erica Rhodes Standup Los Angeles, California Advanced
The Chris and Paul Show Sketch Stamford, Connecticut Advanced
Lucas Bohn Variety Brooklyn, New York Eliminated

Comedy Clash[edit]

The Comedy Clash features all 24 selected acts and pits them against each other. The Judges then vote on who advances to the Showcase.

Week 5[edit]

Participant Genre Participant
Jarred Fell Variety Randy Feltface
Jesus Trejo Standup Tacarra Williams
JK! Studios Sketch Kids These Days
Kristin Key Variety Morgan Jay

Week 6[edit]

Participant Genre Participant
Harry & Chris Variety Lewberger
Michael Longellow Standup Calvin Evans
The Chris and Paul Show Sketch Willy Appleman
ISMO Standup Erica Rhodes

Week 7[edit]

Participant Genre Participant
Matt Rife Standup Rocky Dale Davis
Frangela Sketch Andrea Lopez
The Valleyfolk Sketch/Variety Drennon Davis
Ali Siddiq Standup Orlando Leyba

Semi-Final Showcase[edit]

The Semi-Final Showcase features the remaining 12 selected acts as voted by the judges. The judges will choose 2 acts from each week to move on to the finale, with the viewers choosing one act to advance to the finale as a wildcard.

Week 8[edit]

Genre Participant Participant Genre
Sketch The Chris and Paul Show JK! Studios Sketch
Standup Matt Rife Ali Siddiq Standup
Standup Erica Rhodes Jarred Fell Variety

Week 9[edit]

Genre Participant Participant Genre
Variety Morgan Jay Frangela Sketch
Standup Tacarra Williams Michael Longfellow Standup
Sketch The Valleyfolk Lewberger Variety

Finale[edit]

The finale began by revealing The Valleyfolk got the most votes from the viewers, and they return to the competition. After the episode ends, the viewers then vote on the five acts to decide who brought the funny. The winner of Bring the Funny’s first season will be revealed in a results episode the following week.

Week 10[edit]

Participant Genre
Lewberger Variety
Tacarra Williams Standup
The Chris and Paul Show Sketch
Ali Siddiq Standup
The Valleyfolk Sketch

Elimination table[edit]

No. Contestant Week
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10/11
1 The Valleyfolk SAFE WIN WC WINNER
2 Tacarra Williams SAFE WIN SAFE RUNNER-UP
3-5 Ali Siddiq SAFE WIN SAFE Finalist
Lewberger SAFE WIN SAFE Finalist
The Chris and Paul Show SAFE WIN SAFE Finalist
6-12 Frangela SAFE WIN OUT
Michael Longfellow SAFE WIN OUT
Morgan Jay SAFE WIN OUT
Matt Rife SAFE WIN OUT
Jarred Fell SAFE WIN OUT
JK! Studios SAFE WIN OUT
Erica Rhodes SAFE WIN OUT
13-24 Orlando Leyba SAFE OUT
Drennon Davis SAFE OUT
Andrea Lopez SAFE OUT
Rocky Dale Davis SAFE OUT
ISMO SAFE OUT
Willy Appleman SAFE OUT
Calvin Evans SAFE OUT
Harry & Chris SAFE OUT
Kristin Key SAFE OUT
Kids These Days SAFE OUT
Jesus Trejo SAFE OUT
Randy Feltface SAFE OUT
25-40 Becca Brown OUT
Graham Kay OUT
Leclerc Andre OUT
Lucas Bohn OUT
Handsome Naked OUT
Candice Thompson OUT
Audrey Stewart OUT
Lost Moon Radio OUT
Room 28 OUT
Daphnique Springs OUT
Mandy Muden OUT
Regan & Watkins OUT
Ali Kolbert OUT
Ian Lara OUT
Armando Anto OUT
Mister Zed OUT
  This act was safe from elimination.
  This act won the Comedy Clash.
  This act was chosen as a wildcard.
  This act did not perform.
  This act was eliminated from the competition.

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [5]Original air date [5]
1"The Open Mic 1"July 9, 2019 (2019-07-09)
Judges Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy search for the funniest comedy act around; in The Open Mic round's first night, sketch, variety and stand-up comedy acts from all over the world give it their all to make it to the next round.
2"The Open Mic 2"July 16, 2019 (2019-07-16)
The Open Mic round continues for the second night, as sketch, variety and stand-up comedy acts from all over the world give it their all to make it to the next round of the competition in hopes of ultimately winning the $250,000 grand prize.
3"The Open Mic 3"July 23, 2019 (2019-07-23)
The Open Mic round continues for the third night, as sketch, variety and stand-up comedy acts from all over the world give it their all to make it to the next round of the competition in hopes of ultimately winning the $250,000 grand prize.
4"The Open Mic 4"July 30, 2019 (2019-07-30)
In the final night of The Open Mic round, sketch, variety and stand-up comedy acts from all over the world give it their all to make it to the next round of the competition in hopes of ultimately winning the $250,000 grand prize.
5"The Comedy Clash 1"August 6, 2019 (2019-08-06)
The Comedy Clash round begins as the best acts from the Open Mic round go head-to-head; the winner of each clash, as chosen by the judges, will advance to the Semi-Final Showcase and be one step closer to winning the $250,000 grand prize.
6"The Comedy Clash 2"August 13, 2019 (2019-08-13)
The Comedy Clash round continues with the best acts from the Open Mic round going head-to-head; the winner of each clash, as chosen by the judges, advances to the Semi-Final Showcase and is one step closer to winning the $250,000 grand prize.
7"The Comedy Clash 3"August 20, 2019 (2019-08-20)
The Comedy Clash round continues as the best acts from the Open Mic round will go head-to-head with another comedic act. The winner of each clash, as chosen by the judges, will advance to the Semi-Final Showcase and be one step closer to winning the $250,000 grand prize.
8"The Semi-Final Showcase 1"August 27, 2019 (2019-08-27)
The remaining contestants from the Comedy Clash round face off in the Semi-Final Showcase; the judges select two acts to move on to the finale, and America can vote to save one semi-finalist.
9"The Semi-Final Showcase 2"September 3, 2019 (2019-09-03)
The remaining contestants from the Comedy Clash round continue to face off in the Semi-Final Showcase; the judges select two acts to move on to the finale, and America can vote to save one semi-finalist.
10"The Finale"September 10, 2019 (2019-09-10)
The remaining finalists give it their all in one final performance to impress the judges and America who will ultimately decide who wins the $250,000 grand prize and become the first ever winner of the competition.
11"The Finale Results"September 17, 2019 (2019-09-17)
The first-ever winner is crowned; former contestants and surprise guests celebrate the season in brand-new comedy performances and skits.

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "The Open Mic 1" July 9, 2019 1.2/7 5.97[6]
2 "The Open Mic 2" July 16, 2019 0.9/5 4.72[7]
3 "The Open Mic 3" July 23, 2019 0.9/5 4.33[8]
4 "The Open Mic 4" July 30, 2019 0.7/4 3.53[9]
5 "The Comedy Clash 1" August 6, 2019 0.9/5 4.21[10]
6 "The Comedy Clash 2" August 13, 2019 0.7/4 3.44[11]
7 "The Comedy Clash 3" August 20, 2019 0.7/4 3.66[12]
8 "The Semi-Final Showcase 1" August 27, 2019 0.7/4 3.46[13]
9 "The Semi-Final Showcase 2" September 3, 2019 0.7/4 3.24[14]
10 "The Finale" September 10, 2019 0.7/4 3.61[15]
11 "The Finale Results" September 17, 2019 0.6/4 3.34[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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