LOL: Last One Laughing Australia is probably the rudest thing you’ve seen on TV in a long time.
How else to describe the absolute anarchy unleashed by the likes of Sam Simmons and co. in this new Amazon Prime Video series?
Based on a Japanese format, the 6 x 30 minute series is a hybrid of improvisation and Reality TV. 10 comedians are locked in a room going head to head to see who can keep a straight face while trying to make each other laugh. Whoever cracks a smile is out. Last one left wins $100,000.
Competing are Dilruk Jayasinha, Frank Woodley, Nazeem Hussain, Anne Edmonds, Ed Kavalee, Becky Lucas, Joel Creasey, Nick Cody, Sam Simmons and Susie Youssef. Watching it all unfold Big Brother-style is Rebel Wilson, who gives a yellow card warning for the first smile, and a red card elimination for their second.
On the wall is a ticking clock and the action tends to unfold in boxing match-style rounds that allow for a little relief before straight-faced punchlines resume.
The cameras are everywhere in this pimped-up gangster’s den and the 10 comedians are on eggshells the entire time. While things may start gently it isn’t long before each turns to their bag of tricks (and kinky props) to cause chaos.
Frank Woodley tries some visual humour. Dilruk starts skulling soft drink without ever closing his mouth. Sam Simmons drags out some instant underscore music as he interrogates his colleagues. Anne Edmonds resorts to blue punchlines. While it all goes downhill from there you’ll soon be dumfounded at the level of inanity and profanity, laughing when your jaw isn’t on the floor.
Of the two episodes I’ve seen, let’s just say that what Sam Simmons gets up to with a blow-up wading pool, a loofah and Fanta has to be seen to be believed. Then there’s the Home and Away schoolgirl outfit… apologies to ‘Flathead Fisher.’
Indeed, a kind of mass hysteria overtakes this group as they descend into madness, making for bizarre viewing.
Wilson has the cushiest gig of all, laughing from inside her billionaire’s ‘penthouse’ as observer and umpire of proceedings. The $100k will indeed go to one lucky comedian – not bad for 6 hours work- although I’m told all are remunerated for their time.
Produced by Endemol Shine Australia, two new episodes are released each Friday.
Do not attempt at home.
LOL: Last One Laughing Australia is now screening on Amazon Prime Video.