It is laborious sufficient attempting to make folks snicker, and when one seeks to construct a actuality show round it, the stakes are even increased. Amazon Prime’s LOL: Hasse Toh Phasse, the Indian iteration of Final One Laughing, a actuality show the place a bunch of ‘humorous’ persons are locked right into a home for a predetermined interval tasked with not laughing, is a misfire on many ranges. The show has an attention-grabbing bunch of contestants starting from established comics like Cyrus Broacha, Aadar Malik, Aditi Mittal to sketch comedians like Suresh Menon, Sunil Grover, Gaurav Gera, together with influencers like Kusha Kapila, Mallika Dua, Ankita Shrivastav and upstart comic, Aakash Gupta. It is an intriguing combine of types of humour, and subsequently as soon as we discover out the guidelines of the show, one may even maintain their breath for what awaits us. However it solely takes the first 10 minutes to offer us a peek into how the show is going to end up.
Hosts Boman Irani and Arshad Warsi (who apparently loves the sound of his personal snicker) induct the 10 contestants with the guidelines of the home. They should survive six hours in the Bigg Boss-like setting, and even the slightest hints of a smile/smile will contribute in direction of their elimination. All contestants are given two possibilities, a primary will likely be greeted with a yellow card (a warning), and the second with a ‘pink card’ (which means elimination). They can’t be passive to the entire train, any passivity will lead to a warning and consequently even an elimination. Additionally, members have to continually crack jokes. If any contestant is discovered to not being humorous sufficient to elicit amusing out of their fellow contestants, they could additionally face a warning and an elimination. The home is armed with ‘props’ starting from faux enamel, skeletons, bras, and over-the-top costumes, belongings you would often affiliate with any improv show. All contestants will likely be summoned for a particular ‘skit’ efficiency in some unspecified time in the future, and that will likely be a time when the highlight is absolutely on one contestant and their makes an attempt to interrupt their fellow rivals.
The issue with LOL: Hasse Toh Phasse is that it is barely humorous. As quickly as the countdown begins, we see Gaurav Gera rapidly donning a bra, to which Broacha and Menon predictably reply with “You are my bra”. It units the tone for the drained humour that we will be subjected to. It is significantly disappointing from the likes of Gera and Grover, who’ve constructed their comedy careers taking part in characters like Chhutki and Gutthi respectively. Though the impressions is perhaps thought of low-hanging fruits of males cross-dressing as ladies, each Gera and Grover have proven an means to suppose on their toes, difficult audiences’ expectations. Sadly, neither of them seems to be a gifted improviser in the show. Broacha identified for touchdown deadpan jokes by means of some of the most topical issues in a information cycle, appears guarded and targeted on not laughing himself, which may by no means be an excellent factor for any show. Kapila and Dua hold switching between their loud Instagram avatars, attempting to attract amusing out of their rival contestants. It is a miracle that anybody’s eradicated in any respect, contemplating how little of what is stated is even worthy of a dismissive chuckle. One is perhaps tempted to theorise that the ones getting eradicated are as a result of of their boredom, relatively than the ‘comedy’ in the home.
There’s an attention-grabbing second throughout the early half of the show, the place everybody clueless about how one can go about the show and attempting to guard themselves with a distraction, start to imitate an ambulance siren. At this level, LOL: Hasse Toh Phasse begins to look nearer to the California Jail Experiment, and one begins to see its potential to be an anti-reality show. A show that examines the hierarchy of energy amongst its contestants, one the place contestants unravel absolutely (minus a script) whereas getting their rivals to snicker. Nonetheless, the makers of LOL: Hasse Toh Phasse‘s cannot conceal their feeble, inoffensive intentions behind the show. On this one, everybody is well mannered and sort to at least one one other. The place eradicated contestants sit inside a inexperienced room and politely snicker and clap at the (supposed) jokes of the rivals nonetheless in the recreation. Nobody has something unhealthy to say to at least one one other, the newbies deal with the veterans with a suffix of ‘sir’. Irani and Warsi sit round in their very own chamber passing commentary on what the contestants are doing, with Irani attempting to slide in some age-appropriate Dad jokes, whereas Warsi is so visibly impressed along with his jokes that he ruins them by laughing even earlier than delivering the punchline. Each single time.
In the finish, LOL: Hasse Toh Phasse looks like an easy pay-day for a majority of these taking part. From the seems to be of it, it is a single-day shoot, the place everybody congregated with the hope of taking house the money prize of Rs 25 lakhs for the winner. Even in any other case, one would think about that members received handsomely compensated for a single day’s work. So, everybody confirmed up and endured one of the most singularly unfunny days of their comedy careers and went by means of the beats with as a lot professionalism as they might summon. Amazon Prime Video’s non-fiction comedy content material has seen some attention-grabbing experiments with Comicstaan, One Mic Stand (the place the likes of Shashi Tharoor tried their hand at stand-up comedy), however the gimmickry has now change into a sample. When you scratch past the ‘first rate concept’, one realises how hole the premise is. Whereas one does realise the stress of having to feed the machine of ‘contemporary content material’, perhaps introspecting and creating the reveals extra completely needs to be the means ahead. If LOL: Hasse Toh Phasse is any indication of the technique transferring ahead, then the day is not far when Amazon Prime itself turns into the punchline.