Japanese artist Yoshimasa Ishibashi’s mid-noughties TV series Oh! Mikey has a winning cast of voice-dubbed mannequins and dialogue that is as silly as it is sharp. This is catnip for humans.
David Lee Roth and Lionel Richie faces painted on the sumo-like bodies of two skirt chasing locals? Yes, only in Japan would you get a commercial as bizarre — and awesome — as this.
Japanese game shows are famous for ridiculing their contestants in ways that are shameful and humiliating — generally at the same time. But this one just about steals the show: ‘Crazy Japanese television guy takes off with a Water Bottle Rocket’ attached? Indeed. Sadly, he doesn’t get too far.
On this Japanese game show, contestants are forbidden from laughing while watching classmates learn English. Yes, yes, it has to be said: what the hell will they think of next. Damn, it’s funny though.
Oh man, it’s a good thing I’m not living in Tokyo as I’d probably never leave the house. Japanese TV is the best. Want proof? Check out this clip from a prank show called Wake You Up where hapless victims are woken from their slumber in the most … ummm … ruthless of ways.