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Throughout the history of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS), we’ve seen many comedians compete on the show. While most of them don’t excel in dance technique, they always add an element of comedy and lightness that makes the show enjoyable to watch. Now, E! has taken the concept of comedians dancing competitively to a whole other level with its new show, The Funny Dance Show. This new dance competition series, premiering March 11 at 10:30 p.m. on E!, asks teams of popular comedians to learn choreographed dance numbers and dance-off to win the ultimate prize- $10,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.
The Funny Dance Show is based off of a live comedy show developed at The World Famous Comedy Store by hosts Justine Marino and Heidi Heaslet. Marino and Heaslet hosted live monthly shows (‘Stand Up 2 the Streets’) for over a year at The Comedy Store’s Belly Room before developing their concept into a show to air on E!. The one-hour, weekly TV series will show audiences what happens when some of the best comics in the business attempt to dance. Every week, each host will represent a different dance crew consisting of two comedians and the teams will ultimately face each other in a dance-off.
If you are a fan of Dancing with the Stars, you know that the comedians don't always successfully relate to the show's audience. People like Nikki Glaser and Margaret Cho failed to impress the DWTS audience with their dance moves, but others like Bill Engvall and Kel Mitchell wowed audiences with their personalities and some memorable dances. Much like DWTS, each week on The Funny Dance Show, the two competing teams will work with professional choreographers and backup dancers. After perfecting their steps, the contestants will perform their routines to judged dance-offs in front of a live audience.
According to E!, the upcoming dance-offs on The Funny Dance Show will include the following comedians: Jessimae Peluso and Flula Borg vs. Candice Thompson and Maz Jobrani; Jade Catta-Preta and Marcella Arguello vs. Daniel Franzese and Irene Choi; Fortune Feimster and Willie Hunter vs. Fahim Anwar and Becky Robinson; Ron Funches and Blair Socci vs. Adam Ray and Brad Williams; DWTS alum Kel Mitchell and Carly Jibson vs. Yamaneika Saunders and Jeremiah Watkins.
Photo Credit: @justmartindale on Twitter (Pictured: Hosts Heidi Heaslet and Justine Marino and judges Allison Holker, Justin Martindale and Loni Love)
One of the show’s choreographers, Brooke Wendle, told Dance Informa that each couple didn't get much time to rehearse their routines before show days. “There were only about three to four days of rehearsal before an episode was filmed. We all worked to collaborate on music together. The choreographers were assigned to the teams by the producers, so it was really important to quickly create a rapport between the comedians and the choreographers in order to allow for the dance and comedy to come together and really shine," Wendle commented.
No competition dance show is complete though without a panel of notable judges. The judging panel for The Funny Dance Show includes comedian and co-host of The Real, Loni Love; So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars alum Allison Holker; and comedian and personality Justin Martindale, who judged the original stage show.
The Funny Dance Show is a big win for dance fans, and the competition aspect of this show is a nice change from the other dance shows since it is completely light-hearted. Even though I suspect these comedians will all adopt a competitive nature, great charities will benefit no matter who wins the competition each week.
The Funny Dance Show premieres on E! March 11 at 10:30 p.m.