I agree. It stinks.
To begin with, they irritated me with having to get the voting done in the 2 hours after the show. They could easily have given people 24 hours once they were running the show only once a week.
I thought the format stunk. Season 1 lost one of their better comics after the first show. The way the voting worked was stupid. I didn't always vote for my favorite comics because I wanted Season 1 to get some money. Unfortunately, we were voting for individuals and then money was being paid out as teams. A Season 2 comic could have beaten all the Season 1 comics and still gotten voted out. I think the comics were locked into picking mostly or entirely comics to perform that hadn't performed the previous week because the bottom 2 comics from the previous week couldn't perform in the first week of session. The second week of each session was entirely those who hadn't performed the previous week.
Having 2 minutes of 10 comic performances meant that an hour was filled with 20 minutes of show, and approximately 15 minutes of commercials and 25 minutes of not very entertaining filler. 2 minutes isn't a fair test of stand-up.
The format got worse as NBC gave up on the Series. I would have preferred more standup from the contestants to the guest comics. I was puzzled by why we could vote for the guest comics one week and only one week. I didn't want to vote for them, but why was that an option. The roast competition added to the confusion.
People who wanted to listen to VP debates wouldn't have been able to vote in much of the country and might not have watched the final show or voted.
Unfortunately, Season 1 was set up for failure. Season 2 was more popular. It was fresher. People had recently gotten into the habit of voting for their favorite Season 2 comics and had just voted for 4 of them twice and the other 5 once. Season 2 had more successful comics. Heffron, Glass and Madigan had already had Comedy Central Presents programs before the competion. Bodden had been on the Montreal Comedy Festival, and Madigan had been on the USO Comedy Tour and World Comedy Tour prior to being on Last Comic Standing.
Performances on Last Comic Standing have made a huge difference in many of the performers' careers.
I think Jay may have known LCS was going down the tubes at his roast. He was overwhelmed for a while that well beyond the impact of the staged roast.
Announcing the results during 90 minutes of Father of the Pride is such an insult to the show and the viewers.
I haven't yet seeen the finale, but I understand that Alonzo and Dave probably had the best performances. John was weaker than usual. It will be interesting to see if Dave can break the Season 1 voting curse. Unfortunately, if he did, it just points out the illogical way the finalists are choosen and how the monetarty awards were divided along the way.