Cast of ‘Last Comic Standing’ Promises ‘Laughs, Laughs, Laughs…and More Laughs’ (VIDEO)

Season 9 of Last Comic Standing returns to TV with some changes — the biggest being that comedic chops will take precedent over embarrassing challenges. But just because the show will now shine a bigger spotlight on stand-up routines, it doesn’t mean the judging will be any easier.

Roseanne Barr and Keenan Ivory Wayans return as judges, joined by new judge Norm Macdonald, who will be the Simon Cowell of the show. “We had to bring in an extra medic just for the extra damage that Norm could possibly do,” jokes executive producer Wanda Sykes (we think). But return viewers can also anticipate “hints of star quality,” says Wayans, and laugh along with “weird comics” who have different styles, adds show host Anthony Jeselnik.

One thing’s for certain: plenty of hilarity will be had. Watch our video to hear what else Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik, Roseanne Barr, Keenan Ivory Wayans, and Norm Mcdonald reveal about the latest season (and what they’re binge watching).

Last Comic Standing, Season premiere, Wednesday, July 22, 9/8c, NBC