Tuesday, September 16, 2008

JJNN Tuesday: Entertainment - 07

Welcome again to JJNN for Tuesday September 16th, 2008. Today we will be talking about Japanese comedy.

For me there is nothing more entertaining on TV than Japanese comedy. Sure some of it can be over the top and a bit wacky, but that is exactly what makes it get to watch. The comedy show that I watch on Tuesday nights is called Lincoln. I have no idea what it is named after a president of the United States, but I don't think the people that made the show know either.

The show features a bunch of Japanese comedians doing wacky things for no real reason. The two hosts of the show are Matsumoto Hitoshi and Hamada Masatoshi. Those names are a bit of a mouth full even in Japan so people usually just call them Matsumoto and Hama-chan.

I love watching the antics of Down Town. They are older than most of the other comedians that are still working today so they get a lot of fear and respect. Hama-chan always likes to smack around the younger comedians a little. They do have a bit of a cruel streak, but they are truly fun to watch. The picture below shows Matsumoto on the left and Hama-chan on the right.

One of the most popular things they do is the special where they can't laugh at anything. If they do end up laughing (and they usually do) someone comes out to measure out some sort of punishment for them. You can see an version of this below. Enjoy.

They do a lot more than this, but I do love to watch this kind of stuff. Yes, I know it is a little bit low brow, but there is nothing wrong with be a little low brow every so often.

There is a lot more I could tell you about Down Town but I will save that for the time that I am going to talk about their show called Down Town DX. For now if you think you like their brand of humor, give them a look up on youtube. It makes for an entertaining day.

Any way, it is now time for the word of the day. Today's word is お笑い(おわらい). It is pronounced owarai and means to comedian or comedy. The comedy range in Japan goes from wacky to crazy, but never ask a Japanese person to understand sarcasm. That is something they will never really understand.

That's it for today. See you next time at JJNN.

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