By the end of the first episode of LOL: Last One Laughing Australia, I was biting the inside of my cheek so hard I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a permanent scar.
You see, the stakes feel pretty high when you’re watching Amazon Prime Video’s LOL: Last One Laughing Australia, which features a group of Australia’s best comedians locked in a room together for six hours and tasked with making each other laugh.
Whoever cracks a giggle, a chuckle or even just a brief snort-laugh is quickly sent packing by host Rebel Wilson and loses out on the chance to win the $100,000 prize money.
In solidarity with the comedic crew (because some of them looked just a little bit panicked when the game first kicked off) I attempted to hold in my own laughter as long as I could… and let’s just say I wouldn’t be winning that prize money.
In my defence, the cast is not just made up of Australia’s wittiest and wry comedy performers, but by performers who all go back a long way. So, not only is their on-screen chemistry already particularly compelling to watch, but they also know exactly how to push each other’s buttons.
Take a look at the trailer for Amazon Prime Video’s LOL: Last One Laughing Australia.
LOL: Last One Laughing Australia stars comedians Dilruk Jayasinha, Frank Woodley, Nazeem Hussain, Anne Edmonds, Ed Kavalee, Becky Lucas, Joel Creasey, Nick Cody, Sam Simmons and Susie Youssef.
One by one, the comedians are ushered into the living-room-style set and for the first time, come face-to-face with who they are up against in the TV challenge.
Upon clapping eyes on the assembled crew, Joel Creasey labels it “the worst swingers party I’ve ever attended”, while Nazeem Hussain admits he signed up for the job before finding out exactly what it entailed.
Anne Edmonds (aka the iconic fashion expert Helen Bidou from ABC’s Get Krack!n) has a different strategy for winning: “nudity, crying and pingers.”
This really gives you a sense of the kind of comedy you’re in for. Nothing is off the table.
The comedians can wheel out any kind of comedy they want, from stand-up to improvisation to physical comedy, ensuring that their performances are nothing like what you’d find on a free-to-air channel.