But no new “LOL”: Amazon’s new comedy show “One Mic Stand” with Teddy Teclebrhan disappoints many viewers.
It was supposed to be the follow-up to the popular hit “LOL: Last One Laughing”. On July 15, Amazon Prime Video launched One Mic Stand. Non-comedians such as Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (59, SPD) or footballer Mats Hummels (33) are trained in comedy by experts in their field such as Harald Schmidt (64) or Torsten Sträter (55). Teddy Teclebrhan (38) moderates. A good and exciting concept, everyone agrees. Also tested in other countries. But the execution caused the majority of viewers to shake their heads.
At Amazon, “One Mic Stand” received a rating of only 2.4 stars out of a possible 5. “Actually, you can cut away the first 2/3 and just look at the appearance of the prominent person,” writes one user. “However, the gags aren’t funny. Typical German shameful humor or gags that simply lack the element of surprise or sayings that are supposed to be gags but aren’t.”
Another Amazon user is shorter. He only writes “waste”.
Artificial laughter causes irritation
Also on Twitter the tenor is mostly negative. One observer thought it was “abysmally bad”, although he was a declared fan of Teddy Teclebrhan. The laughter of the audience in the hall, which was audibly cut out of context and carelessly inserted into supposedly funny places, irritated several fans.
Other voices also criticize Teddy. “Unfortunately I don’t find him funny at all and the singing interludes only increased the airtime or does it just seem that way to me,” wrote one user. “If you cut Teddy and vocals out of all episodes, there’s not much left.”
A Twitterer describes the show as a “cheating package”, which cannot decide whether it wants to be a personality show about Teddy Teclebrhan or whether it wants to give an insight behind the comedy scenes.