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Friday, Nov. 12, 2010

Last Comic Standing

Tonight @ The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m.

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NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” hasn’t been a gigantic hit even by that network’s standards—it has flirted with cancellation a couple of times—but it has succeeded in boosting otherwise little-known comedians like Ralphie May, Iliza Shlesinger and Gabriel Iglesias. The show’s sometimes neurotic editing too often turns comedians’ routines into choppy little bits, but that problem is remedied during the series’ annual tours. The latest spotlights the top five finalists from the program’s past season, including winner Felipe Esparza.