In each episode, Colin opened the show with a monologue. Afterwards, the four guest comedians and him would talk about current events and popular trends. In Act 3, the comedians got more creative with gameshow-like games and scripted scenes of comedy.
What can I say? This was a spectacular show. Colin took the Politically Incorrect model, and turned it into something unique and hilarious. The comedian interaction was often funnier than the topics they were talking about. Colin always did his best to get a good crop of comedians, and he had 5-8 regular comics who make about weekly appearances. The "regulars" were Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal, Keith Robinson, Greg Giraldo, and Nick Dipaolo. Others who frequently appeared, but not part of the "regulars" were Judy Gold, Rich Vos, and Marc Maron. This is a great show if you want to see funny people speak the truth, without fear of reprisal. Colin, inspite of his flaws, was a great host and the perfect person for the job. His ability to write new material on a daily basis, and mentor young comics was essential for the show. It had a great run of two years, but I was hoping it would go for much, much longer. The show was right in it's prime when Comedy Central cancelled it. It's no secret that Colin supports president Bush, but he never used his show as a platform to for political purposes. In fact, he frequently had liberal comics on the show, who sometimes got on their soap box (missing the point that it's a comedy show, not a propoganda machine), and looked like an idiot for wasting time to bash Bush. The arguements that formed during those moments were hilarious because comics are great at diffusing a tense situation. The bottom line is this: Tough Crowd was a show unlike any other. It was original, cutting edge, and a great way to get exposure for comics. Without this show, I really think the stand-up community is going to suffer. Now there is no place to showcase new talent on a nationwide television show. I am hopeful, that somehow, someday, Colin will be able to get his aweful new Rat Pack together on television once again.
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