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NBC Reviving ‘Last Comic Standing’

Wanda Sykes, Page Hurwitz on board to exec produce season 8 of the series

NBC is heading back to the mic for yet another round of “Last Comic Standing.”

The Peacock has begun producing a new cycle of the comedy talent competition, slating the eighth season for a summer 2014 debut.

A host has yet to be selected for the new season. Past hosts include Jay Mohr and Bill Bellamy.

This isn’t the first time NBC has revived the program — by a long shot. After the format debuted on NBC in summer 2003, the network canned the program at the end of 2004 (likely due to oversaturating its lineup with back-to-back seasons of the skein), only to bring the series back to its primetime roster again in 2006.

NBC nixed the program once more in 2008 as ratings slumped, and then, yes, revived the show for a seventh season in 2010. After its season-seven run, “Last Comic Standing” was not renewed for an eighth, until news broke today — three years later.

This latest iteration of “Last Comic Standing” will be exec produced by Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz through their banner Push It Prods. Producing pair inked a first-look deal with Universal TV earlier this year, and the “Last Comic Standing” revival is the first project to emerge from the pact.

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