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  • Comedian Dave M G on New News: parodies of current events

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on December 29th, 2007

    Hi Blog. News is piling up, but I promised more holiday tangent:

    Turning the keyboard to comedian Dave M G, with news about a comedy show he’s doing as a non-native speaker on domestic events.

    I’ve seen Dave in action many times before (he’s an amazingly funny guy, and I’ve spent a lot of time studying his sense of timing). Now he’s turning his edge towards the Japanese market. It’s about time. Political parody is in short supply in this society–where are the Daily Shows, where are the Have I Got News for You?s to lay bare fundamental truths in the form of humor?

    (We do have the comedy troupe “Newspaper”, equally excellent in its impersonation of political figures, finally gaining traction after twenty years of performing. But Dave’s a friend.)

    Here is his correspondence in order of receipt. Courtesy of The Community mailing list. Arudou Debito in Sapporo


    November 16, 2007:

    Myself and some comedians I regularly perform with are going to be starting a new project – a news comedy show for Japan.

    Comparisons with “The Daily Show” are inevitable, and we can’t deny that it’s a huge influence. I’m a big fan of “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report”. But at the same time, I’ve drawn inspiration from news comedy going back to SNL, SCTV, Brass Eye and more.

    Of course, ultimately we want to find our own voice, one that works for Japan, and brings in a new style of comedy.

    This show is in Japanese, and it is intended entirely for Japanese speakers. And while I know a lot of you speak Japanese (better than me!), I’m mainly bringing it to your attention because the material will of course be based on the social and political news headlines that are of interest to members of this group.

    So I hope you’ll want to check it out. We’re going to film it and YouTube it, so I’ll put a link up here on Tuesday or Wednesday.

    But I’m telling you now because we’re going to perform it live on Monday night in Nishi Azabu. I’m hoping to get a few audience members to come and watch. There will be some stand up comedians performing as well, rounding out the show. It’s free as well, so if you can make it, you can’t lose.

    Please spread the word to your friends who are looking for Japanese comedy that isn’t the same old “dotabata” stuff that Yoshimoto keeps pumping out. Come be a part of the launch of our experiment with comedy that’s new to Japan.

    Details on the location and times are on this web page. The web page refers to it as a show called “Nihongo De Comedy”, which is the show we regularly perform at that venue. “The New News Show” is a new segment in the middle of that show:


    November 29, 2007:
    [Community] First shot at news comedy

    Community List, I say “first shot” in the subject line because, well, things never go as perfectly as you’d hope.

    Anyway, as mentioned before, I’m working with some others on making a news comedy show.

    We finished our first go at it, and uploaded it to YouTube:

    I could go on and on about the things I’m not happy with… Anyway, there it is. We’re going to try and work to make things better for next time, and if anyone is interested in participating in this kind of project, let me know.


    December 21, 2007:
    Our news comedy show for this month is up and on the web.

    This time it’s shorter, and the production is a little smoother.

    On The New News web site:

    Or on YouTube:

    If you know anyone who is interested in comedy about Japanese politics and news, please pass the above web addresses along.

    2 Responses to “Comedian Dave M G on New News: parodies of current events”

    1. Andrew Smallacombe Says:

      Loved the report on the most popular names for the two children born in the last year! Some of that was very funny because it could be true.

      Dave, best of luck in getting a wider audience (without resorting to going out in your underwear, having a “cute” signature gesture and a meaningless Japlish catchprhase)

    2. Turner Says:

      Any chance of getting a translated transcript?

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