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LOL: Last One Laughing

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Edgy Mexican comedy contest more desperate than funny.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

There's an anything-for-a-laugh sensibility to the show that means any positive messages go far out the window.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Beyond the fact that the contestants are (presumably) all successful entertainers, there are no positive role models here. They do a reasonably good job of putting together a diverse cast, but then there are a lot of inappropriate jokes made.

Violence

There's no violence present, but occasionally violence is played for a laugh.

Sex

There is no sex, but there are a lot of jokes about sex, most of which push the envelope. There are also plenty of fake penises and breasts used as props.

Language

Just about every curse word you could imagine. "F--k," "c--t," "bitch," "ass," etc.

Consumerism

They give the contestants brand-name beers at one point, and sometimes contestants plug their other projects.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's no smoking or drugs, though those topics are ripe for making jokes. Contestants drink and are encouraged to drink by producers, but no one gets noticeably drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LOL: Last One Laughing is a Mexican game show with subtitles in which 10 comedians and entertainers try to make each other laugh in order to win money. The contestants are trapped in a room, and the last person that laughs wins one million pesos. Working off the top of their heads, the comedians joke about explicit and potentially offensive topics, including sex and bodily functions, as well as push the boundaries of what is acceptable in terms of sexism and homophobia. The comedians also use props and costumes, including fake penises and breasts. In other words, there's a lot of explicit content. 

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What's the story?

In LOL: LAST ONE LAUGHING, host Eugenio Derbez gathers a diverse group of ten comedian/entertainers and lock them in a room together for six hours. The last person to get caught laughing will win one million pesos. It's a free-for-all as the comedians desperately try to crack each other up using costumes, props, and their own creativity, while Derbez watches from afar in order to eliminate anyone who so much as smiles the wrong way.

Is it any good?

There's a fun concept at the heart of this over-the-top series, which the show refers to as "an experiment." That seems right, because the experiment is mostly a failure. The comedians mostly come off as desperate for a laugh -- because they are! -- and they only pick the lowest hanging fruit for their material. It's a reminder that even professional comedians -- unless they're Robin Williams or that caliber of genius -- aren't always just funny off the top of their heads. Good jokes need time and craft to really pay off. Plus, there's an extra level of awkwardness that comes from the artificial set-up in LOL: Last One Laughing. It might have been funnier, not to mention more fun, to just watch these ten creative people get paid to hang out for six hours.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the game itself. How does a person's behavior change when they're trying to make someone laugh? When they're trying not to laugh? What are some examples of this on the show?

  • What are the different strategies the comedians in LOL: Last One Laughing use to make each other laugh? How effective are they? Are there any things that make you laugh every time? 

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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