×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Eugenio Derbez to Star in Amazon Comedy Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Mexican multi-hyphenate Eugenio Derbez, whose latest comedy, “Overboard,” became the highest grossing Hispanic movie in the U.S. this year, is returning to his TV roots with the new Amazon Prime original comedy series, “LOL: Last One Laughing.”

The six-part reality game show, which just wrapped, is an adaptation of Amazon Prime’s hit Japanese game show “HITOSHI MATSUMOTO Presents Documental,” produced by and starring Matsumoto, who leads 10 comedians in a no-holds-barred “battle of laughter behind closed doors” where the aim is to make each other laugh in a closed room. The last person who manages to keep a straight face and stay in the room wins a cash prize.

In “LOL,” Derbez leads 10 renowned Mexican comics of varying styles — including stand-up, character, improvisational and physical comedy — who vie for a cash prize of one million pesos (roughly $53,000).

Juan Maldonado of Litopos Productions serves as the series’ showrunner. Produced by Derbez, his 3Pas Studios partner Ben Odell and Endemol Shine Boomdog, the series is slated to debut worldwide on Prime Video later this year.

“‘Last One Laughing’ is like nothing I’ve seen in comedy and certainly very different from anything I’ve done on television in my career,” said Derbez, whose last stint on television was in 2012. Derbez was the star, writer, director and producer of some of the most popular Spanish language TV shows of all time including “Al Derecho y Al Derbez,” “XHDRBZ,” and “La Familia P. Luche.”

“I’m really excited to show the world some of the amazing comedic talent coming out of my country,” Derbez said.

“We’re thrilled to be working with such a talented actor and creator like Derbez who continues to bring global attention to Mexico’s comedy scene,” said Pablo Iacoviello, head of content for Latin America, Amazon Prime Video. “There has never been a show like this before in Mexico, and we think Prime members are going to love how Derbez and these amazing comedians go wild and test each other’s limits in the name of laughter.”

“LOL: Last One Laughing” is the fourth Prime Original series made in Mexico as Amazon ramps up original production in the Latino market. These include “Diablo Guardian,” the upcoming series “Un Extraño Enemigo” and a forthcoming biopic series based on the life of Diego Maradona.

In the last six years, Derbez has produced and starred in a string of hits including his U.S. career-launching “Instructions Not Included,” “How to be a Latin Lover,” and most recently “Overboard,” which outgrossed “Instructions” stateside.

“Overboard” grossed more than $51 million in the U.S. and $92 million worldwide; “Instructions” grossed $44 million in the U.S. and $100 million worldwide.

Per Odell, 3Pas Studios has “a dozen feature projects in development.” Among these are ”The Valet,” which is being written and directed by the same team (Bob Fisher and Rob Greenberg) behind “Overboard,” and another remake in the works, “Cuento Chino,” penned by Juan Carlos Garzón as a potential project for Derbez to direct.

More TV

  • Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn amazon series

    Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn Start Casting for New Amazon Series

    We’re getting a few more hints about Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s top-secret fashion project for Amazon Studios. Casting calls have gone out for designers interested in being a part of the unscripted series, which is set to shoot in Los Angeles in June and July. The casting notice mentions the “potential for additional travel [...]

  • TRIAL & ERROR: LADY, KILLER --

    'Trial and Error' Canceled After Two Seasons at NBC

    “Trial & Error” is officially done. The true crime spoof had effectively been canceled last year when NBC did not exercise its option to renew the show for a third season. Studio Warner Bros. TV had been trying to find it a new network home, but that search has come up short. The series took [...]

  • ELLEN'S GAME OF GAMES -- "Say

    'Ellen's Game of Games' Renewed for Season 3 at NBC

    NBC has renewed the competition series “Ellen’s Game of Games” for a third season. Season 2 of the show officially launched on Jan. 8, though a preview aired on Dec. 12. Ellen DeGeneres serves as host and executive producer of the one-hour show, which includes supersized versions of some of the most popular games from her [...]

  • Paul DeBenedittis Named Nickelodeon Programming, Content

    Paul DeBenedittis Named Nickelodeon EVP of Programming and Content Strategy

    Paul DeBenedittis has been named executive vice president of programming and content strategy at Nickelodeon. There, he will lead content and programming strategies, partnerships, acquisitions and media planning for the flagship network as well as Nick Jr., Nicktoons and TeenNick across linear television, digital, branded apps and video-on-demand channels, among other platforms. DeBenedittis will report to [...]

  • major r&b grammy fox star recurring

    R&B Artist MAJOR. Lands Recurring Role on Fox's 'Star' (EXCLUSIVE)

    R&B artist MAJOR. is on “cloud three million” right now. His track “Honest” scored a 2019 Grammy nomination for best traditional R&B performance, and, as he tells Variety exclusively, he recently landed a recurring role on Fox’s “Star.” The singer-songwriter, born Major Johnson Finley, is currently shooting the musical drama in Atlanta, and will make his [...]

  • Comcast NBC TV Content Explosion Placeholder

    Karen Kovacs, Time Inc. Veteran, Named Exec VP of Client Partnerships at NBCU Ad Sales

    Karen Kovacs, a former senior executive at Time Inc. and a one-time publisher of People magazine, has been named executive vice president of client partnerships at NBCUniversal’s ad-sales unit. Kovacs will oversee broader partnerships with advertisers, and work to develop deeper alliances between sponsors and various parts of NBCU’s media portfolio. She will report to [...]

  • Jenji Kohan

    'Orange Is the New Black' Creator Jenji Kohan to Be Honored by Writers Guild

    Jenji Kohan, creator and showrunner of “Orange Is the New Black” and “Weeds,” has been named recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement. She will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards show on Feb. 17 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. “Jenji Kohan’s [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content