You Decide What’s Funny

As far as Amazon is concerned, when it comes to comedy, the audience is always right.

Amazon customers are again invited to be arbiters of what’s funny when its streaming platform premieres three new comedy pilots August 19.

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Viewers will be able watch and review the pilots, helping to decide which will be the next Amazon original series. The chosen comedy will be developed into a full season of episodes, accessible to those with an Amazon Prime subscription.

Amazon’s Golden Globe-winning series, Mozart in the Jungle, now in production for its third season, was chosen through this process.

The 2016 pilot candidates are:

I Love Dick – Adapted from the 2015 book, I Love Dick, by Chris Kraus, this comedy is set in Marfa, Texas, and stars Kathryn Hahn as Chris, Griffin Dunne as Sylvere, and Kevin Bacon as Dick. Sylvere is trying to finish a book about the Holocaust when he and his wife meet Dick, a man who “taunts their imaginations and upends their preconceptions about love and monogamy.”

Jean-Claude Van Johnson – An exercise in self-mockery, Jean-Claude Van Damme plays Jean-Claude Van Johnson, a martial arts and action film star who assumes the alias of ‘Johnson,’ “the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world.”

The Tick – Based on Ben Edlund’s comic book creation. Arthur Everest is a quite mortal and ordinary accountant in a superhero world. When he discovers his city is “owned by a global super villain long-thought dead,” he joins forces with a “strange blue superhero.” Peter Serafinowicz is the title character, Jackie Earle Haley is The Terror, and Griffin Newman plays Everest.

This, of course, is not the first incarnation for The Tick. A nine-episode series, starring Patrick Warburton, ran on the Fox network (2001-2002). You can view those episodes on Amazon for $1.99 each.

Customers can access the pilots via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at For a list of all compatible devices, visit

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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