As we stated several months ago, Marlon Wayans is preparing to roll out his new comedy competition show titled Funniest Wins on TBS after a very busy year so far of releasing a film (A Haunted House 2) and an online website (Whatthefunny.com). This new show, styled like a normal competition show, is pretty simple; the funniest moves on until that person wins the competition.
The show has Wayans with the final say so of who goes or who stays, as he is accompanied by friends David Alan Grier and Orlando Jones — plus other Wayans — who appear in episodes as judges, or as mentors.
The competitors are drawn from three pools: traditional stand-up comedians, viral video stars of YouTube, and Vine. Each group has their particular strengths (the stand-up crowd aced an early competition that required them to joke in front of an audience, while the video stars did better with a digital short challenge later on).
Most of the participants are between the ages of 30 and 40, and either know each other, or have a knowledge of the other performers’ work (particularly among the online stars). This leads to a camaraderie among the contestants right off the bat that may not last, but goes far in establishing a surprising amount of good will for a competition series.
Funniest Wins premieres tonight, June 20 at 10/9c on TBS.
Check out the trailer below: