Amazon has greenlit a Canadian version of LOL, to be hosted by Jay Baruchel and based on the Japanese format Hitoshi Matsumoto Presents Documental, in which comics compete to try and get each other to laugh while keeping a straight face themselves.
Baruchel, the Canadian-born star of Goon and How to Train Your Dragon, will present the new Amazon original series, LOL: Last One Laughing Canada. The comedy competition series will be shot in Toronto by Insight Productions, with the final comedian left standing earning a grand prize donation for the charity of their choice.
There’s no word on the competing Canadian comedic actors and stand-up artists to compete in the six-part Amazon original series. “I think we all know that as a contestant, I wouldn’t last very long, so I appreciate being able to host and not be the first eliminated,” Baruchel said in a statement.
Amazon has already launched versions in Mexico (hosted by Eugenio Derbez), in Australia (hosted by Rebel Wilson) and another in France (hosted by Philippe Lacheau).
“Personally, I loved watching Jay in films like This is the End, Knocked Up and Tropic Thunder. I’m so excited to have him hosting one of our biggest tentpole series,” said James Farrell, head of local originals for Amazon Studios, in a statement.
Amazon in Canada earlier greenlit the original series The Kids in the Hall and All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs, while also maintaining a production hub north of the border for its own U.S.-originated originals.