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By Bonginkosi Tiwane

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South African celebs excited to be part of Trevor Noah new TV show

LOL: Last One Laughing, is an international format of comedy television through the Amazon Prime. It’s the first time the show comes to Africa.

After a long silence about being part of the new Amazon Prime TV show, comedian Jason Goliath could finally speak about being part of LOL: Last One Laughing South Africa.

“Finally the silence is broken! I’m on Last One Laughing: South Africa and I’m going all in on the competition,” wrote Goliath on his Instagram.

“Watch me give everything on Last One Laughing: South Africa, because it’s about to get weird and interesting.”

Hosted by South African comedian Trevor Noah, LOL: Last One Laughing will see Goliath compete against other South African celebrities to see who can keep a straight face while simultaneously trying to make their opponents laugh – and lose. The winning comedian will score a grand prize of R1 million for a South African charity of choice.

Other South African celebs who will be part of the TV show include Thando ‘ThaBooty’ Thabethe, Lasizwe, Celeste Ntuli and Moonchild Sanelly.

“Omg I’m so excited for this one …I’ve studied the game in all the other territories on @amazonprimevideoza and these comedians don’t know what’s coming,” said Thabethe.

Bringing it to Africa

LOL: Last One Laughing, is an international format of comedy television through the Amazon Prime Video platform. It has been originally adapted in Japan, Australia and France, among other countries.

The concept was first developed in Japan; the original show is “Hitoshi Matsumoto Presents Documental”, also a Prime Original, and has been aired in nine seasons since 2016. The South African version will start airing on Amazon Prime next February.

“Super hyped to be competing for the title of the Last One Laughing. It’s going to get really messy,” shared cast member and comedian, Mojak Lehoko.

The premise of the show is that 10 comedians stay in a living-room-style studio with hidden cameras for a few hours (usually six). During this time, they must try to make their opponents laugh in any way and by any means, while not reacting to their opponents’ attempts to make them break.

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“I’m so excited to announce I’ll be part of LOL South Africa, Prime Video’s first unscripted original series,” said Comedian Celeste.

At the first laugh, the competitor is cautioned (yellow carded), while a second eliminates the player from the game (red carded). However, large infractions may be given an automatic red card.

Eliminated players join the host in the observation room, but may return as an external challenger to the remaining contestants. The comedians can also be eliminated if they aren’t active enough. The only way to communicate with the outside is through telephone controlled by the host.

Moonchild and actress Nomzamo Mbatha are some of the cast members that aren’t comedians. “Last One Laughing: South Africa’s added me to the guest list, and the competition just got a whole lot funnier. You’re welcome BooBeams,” shared Monnchild.

“Finally it’s here,” said Lasizwe.  “From Pimville, Soweto to the World! I am part of the cast of My first International Amazon Prime Show, Last One Laughing ( A first of its kind in Africa)! I still can’t I am typing this caption! Dreams definitely come true!”

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