Rebel Wilson To Host First Aus Amazon “Original”
As broadcasters and SVOD services scrap for content ahead of the hotly anticipated Disney+ launch, Amazon has announced Aussie comedic actor Rebel Wilson will host and produce the company’s first local content, but despite the name it’s not original.
The stand-up themed reality show LOL: Last One Laughing will be a six part series where 10 Aussie comedians and actors race to make each other laugh first, with the winner scoring $100,000.
Amazon said the series will premiere on Prime Video next year.
Production will take place in Sydney over the coming months in conjunction with Endemol Shine Australia, who have a track record of producing ratings-winning reality shows like Married At First Sight and Masterchef.
The company was also behind adored drama Offspring and the INXS telemovie, but has yet to produce a comedy series.
Ms Wilson said she “can’t wait to see what these talented Australian comedians come up with and how far they’ll go to take home the prize”.
She also said she was “thrilled to be joining the Prime Video family of creators and talent”.
Ms Wilson first rose to prominence with roles on local TV comedies Pizza and The Wedge before landing big roles in Hollywood movies, including the Pitch Perfect franchise.
It’s believed she won’t be eligible to win the $100,000 prize pool, which would be enough to cover around 1/40th of the $4.1 million the actor lost out on when a record $4.7 million defamation payout she was awarded after suing Bauer Media was partially overturned on appeal.
Amazon-owned Audible also produced content in partnership with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival earlier this year after local broadcasters declined to step up to the plate.