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Jay Baruchel at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards. Photo by Ralph Lucas for Northernstars.ca

Jay Baruchel to Host Prime Hit
by Staff Editors

(April 13, 2021 – Toronto, ON) Prime Video has announced that actor and director Jay Baruchel (Goon, This Is the End, How To Train Your Dragon) has signed on to host the new Canadian Amazon Original series, LOL: Last One Laughing Canada. The series is the third Canadian Amazon Original announced following The Kids In The Hall and All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs. The comedy-variety series, produced by Insight Productions, will be shot in Toronto and feature a diverse cast of popular Canadian comedic actors and stand-ups competing to make each other laugh first. The final comedian left standing will win the grand prize for the charity of their choice.

The six-part Amazon Original series will use dozens of cameras to catch all of the hilarious action during the unpredictable six hour competition, and follow the select group of established comedy stars and up-and-coming talent, who bring various styles to the table, including stand-up, character, improvisational and physical comedy, among others.

“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,” said Jay Baruchel, pictured at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards. “The roster of Canadian comedic talent runs deep and there will be no shortage of hilarious Canadians that will join the show as contestants or special guests.”

LOL: Last One Laughing Canada follows the format of the successful Amazon Original series from Japan, HITOSHI MATSUMOTO Presents Documental, produced by and starring comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto who leads ten comedians betting their own money in an anything goes “battle of laughter behind closed doors”. The fan favourite format includes multiple seasons in Japan and Mexico; recent seasons in Australia, Germany and Italy; and upcoming editions in France and Spain. Local celebrity hosts include Eugenio Derbez, Fedez, Michael Bully Herbig and Rebel Wilson.

“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. “A line up of Canadian comedians reads like a list of the best in the comedy world and I can’t wait to bring this talent to LOL: Last One Laughing Canada.”

“With the irrepressible Jay hosting and showcasing the best in Canadian comedy, through this one-of-a-kind format, we’re absolutely delighted to be working with the Prime Video team on this exciting Canadian original series,” said Erin Brock, SVP, Insight Productions.

LOL: Last One Laughing Canada comes from Amazon Studios, produced in association with Insight Productions. Executive Producers are John Brunton, Erin Brock, and Shannon Farr. Since 2015, Amazon Studios has filmed 22 Amazon Original series and films in Canada, including The Man in the High Castle and Upload in Vancouver, The Boys and The Expanse in Toronto, Tales from the Loop in Winnipeg, as well as parts of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and The Voyeurs in Montreal.

LOL: Last One Laughing Canada will join the thousands of TV shows and movies from Hollywood and worldwide in the Prime Video catalog including award-winning and critically acclaimed Amazon Originals like Coming 2 America, Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm and Emmy and Golden Globe award winners Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

SOURCE: Amazon Canada