Amazon adds to Australian original slate with comedy commissions

James Farrell

Amazon is following up on its recent order for debut Australian original LOL: Last One Laughing, to be hosted by Rebel Wilson, with a series of stand-up specials from the country.

The shows will feature Australian comedians including Zoë Coombs Marr, Judith Lucy, Tommy Little and Anne Edmonds, and will be filmed in Melbourne this month, premiering exclusively on Prime Video around the world from early 2020.

The shows are being produced by Aussie outfit Guesswork Television, which is behind series such as Hannah Gadsby: Nanette, Please Like Me, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering and Hard Quiz.

“Amazon’s comedy series and stand-up specials have excited our customers around the world, and we’re looking forward to welcoming this talented group of Australian comedians to the Prime Video family,” said James Farrell, Amazon Studios’ head of international originals. “These are hilarious performances that we know our customers will love in Australia and around the world.”

Amazon made its first Australian original order last month with LOL: Last One Laughing, a comedy-variety show that will be executive produced and hosted by Wilson (Pitch Perfect). It is being produced with Endemol Shine Australia and will see 10 local comedians paired up and trying to make their competitor laugh first to win a cash prize.

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