'Last Comic Standing': Wanda Sykes mentors comedians for 'Ellen' appearance

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A big step in a comedian's career is the chance to appear on a talk show. Many comics have made their career on one perfect talk show segment. In the next episode of "Last Comic Standing," the finalists are getting a chance to earn that moment.

Wanda Sykes will appear as a mentor for the comedians as they get together their TV-appropriate material to perform in front of the studio audience of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." First they have to make it past the pre-interview, though. Unfortunately for some, like Lachlan Patterson, that may be easier said than done, as you can see above in Zap2it's first-look video.

"Last Comic Standing" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Photo/Video credit: NBC