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E!'s new dance competition show, 'The Funny Dance Show,' premiered on March 11 and provided audiences with an hour full of laughs. The first episode, titled 'Who Let the Dance Out?' featured comedians Jessimae Peluso (MTV's Girl Code) and Flula Borg (Pitch Perfect 2) competing against comedians Candice Thompson (Lights Out with David Spade) and Maz Jobrani (Superior Donuts) for a grand prize of $10,000 to donate to a charity of the winning team's choice. Hosts Justine Marino and Heidi Heaslet also served as team coaches, which added another competitive element to the format of the show.
Each episode of 'The Funny Dance Show' is split up into three rounds: the solos, the duets, and the dance-off. In this episode, Team Heidi (Jessimae Peluso and Flula Borg) was up first and both Peluso and Borg gave standout solo performances. Borg led a doggy biker gang in his solo to 'Who Let the Dogs Out?' by the Baja Men, and Peluso commanded a group of male dancers during her routine to 'Cold-Hearted' by Paula Adbul. Team Justine (Candice Thompson and Maz Jobrani) fired back with impressive solos of their own. Thompson introduced her slow split in an 'Orange is the New Black' themed dance to 'Confident' by Demi Lovato, while Jobrani hoped that he wasn't a baby daddy in a routine to 'It's Gonna Be Me' by N'Sync. Ultimately, judges Loni Love and Allison Holker thought Team Heidi won the solos round, while judge Justin Martindale picked Team Justine as the winner of the solos round.
Now it was time for the duets, and each team came to the stage with their best moves! Team Heidi (Jessimae Peluso and Flula Borg) hit the gym for a flirty routine to 'No' by Meghan Trainor, and Team Justine (Candice Thompson and Maz Jobrani) acted out an original telenovela set to 'Mi Gente' by J. Balvin. At the end of the round, comedy prevailed over passion and judge Loni Love picked Team Justine as the winner, while judges Allison Holker and Justin Martindale picked Team Heidi as the winner of the duets round.
In the last round, the coaches joined their teams for a final round dance-off to determine the winner of the $10,000. The judges tasked Team Heidi to include a pirouette in their routine, while Team Justine had to include a grand jete in their dance. After a close dance battle, complete with twerking and foam rollers, to 'Ridin Dirty' by Chamillionaire, the judges unanimously picked Team Heidi as the dance-off winner, which meant Team Heidi was crowned the overall winner of the epsiode. Peluso and Borg decided to donate the $10,000 prize to Comedy for Charity, which is a non-profit organization created by comedian Suzie Sexton to reduce violence and to raise money for victims of violence.
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'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 shows 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. 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.
Tune in on March 18 at 10:30 ET for the next episode of 'The Funny Dance Show.'