Episode #1168 2013.08.25 - Nishikawa Kiyoshi on Trial

The Gaki crew put their sempai Nishikawa Kiyoshi on trial. Hamada for the defence!! Part 1 of 2.


http://downtownlaugh.blog76.fc2.com/blo ... 14495.html

Download on Zippyshare: http://www4.zippyshare.com/v/88668176/file.html

Also on Mega: https://mega.co.nz/#!lJ4nxC5K!B1kf-HCNw … X-BCnBbn1o

Interesting episode. For those who don’t know, Nishikawa and his partner Yasushi Yokoyama were one of the most successful Manzai acts of the 70s and 80s and contributed hugely in turning Yoshimoto Kogyo into the owarai powerhouse (monster?) it is today. Nishikawa went on to serve as an Independent in the Japanese Diet’s Upper House for over 16 years, initially running for office to draw attention to Japan’s deficiencies in providing nursing care for the elderly.

Here’s a clip of Nishikawa and his partner doing a Manzai routine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9aJ6ya6TDM

It’s very funny, but watching it knowing that they dominated Japanese TV comedy at the time really makes me really appreciate how revolutionary Downtown were on their debut.

Thanks for the upload. Haven’t watched it yet but your description about Downtown’s debut reminded me of something.

There’s a series called Golden Yoshimoto that Yamasaki co-hosts where they sit down and interview or do biographies of Yoshimoto comedians. On one episode there was a Manzai duo called トミーズ (Tommys). I don’t know Japanese but the gist of it seemed to be that their popularity seemed to run polar opposite to Downtown’s. Back in the early 80s Downtown were struggling whilst Tommys had struck big success quickly. Then around 1986, the whole 2丁目 theatre thing happened (as documented in [url=http://www.gaki-no-tsukai.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=4576:3ukztxrz]that stage play[/url:3ukztxrz]), Downtown and other 2丁目 members (the two Kojis etc. Yamasaki was also at the theatre in his Team-0 duo) shot up in popularity knocking them off their top-spot after which their popularity shot downwards. Though their popularity eventually went back up again, it seemed a bit of a rollercoaster ride for them going by the graph they showed.

They seem to talk about Downtown, Matsumoto and Hamada quite a bit but of course I’ve no idea what they’re saying heh. It’s on Youku:


Opening faces always get me good. :rofl:

[quote="rocky_iwata":1j4hgohu]Opening faces always get me good. :rofl:[/quote:1j4hgohu]

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