Happi Happi, a comedian who lives in a light truck until it sells, aims to become a “comedian who gets teased” through his DIY lifestyle.
Thanks to this lifestyle, I have more work. In fact, I’m going to exhibit this car at an exhibition in Makuhari (Chiba Prefecture). But I’ll have no place to live during that time, so I’m wondering what to do. Adesha!”
Adesha” means “thank you,” “thank you for meeting me,” or “thank you. That’s true, but…
Isn’t it illegal?
The man posing in front of the light truck with the suspicious-looking hut on it is Hashi-Happi, 27, a comedian from the comedy duo Computer Universe. He calls himself “a comedian who will live in a light truck camper until he sells it,” and is currently living in his camper, which he remodeled as a DIY project at a total cost of 150,000 yen, including the cost of the body.
In the summer, I used an air conditioner and ice pillows to protect myself from the heat, but I was afraid I would die,” he says. I had no choice but to evacuate to a fellow comedian’s house for a month, but other than that I have been living there since April. I try not to move too much because I don’t have money for gasoline, so it’s like home now. But in the countryside, I blend in with my surroundings, but in Tokyo, I look suspicious. I am often questioned by police (laughs).
It was in February of this year that he began work on the camper.
At first I thought I could do it in three days, but I honestly underestimated it.
In reality, it took two weeks to complete the main living area. In fact, it took two weeks to complete the living area itself, and then two months in total until it was ready to be lived in as a residence. Happi, who had never done DIY before, could not have done it by himself, and he had the help of his acquaintances.
I asked an architect I know to help me with the design,” he said. I wanted to add a skylight and a bunk bed, but they rejected my requests (laughs). (Laughs.) I made sure that the height, length, width, weight, etc. would not be illegal. As for where to put them, there are problems if they are parked on the street, so I park them in a monthly parking lot and sleep and wake up there.
This may be the norm in this day and age, but Hashi-Happi is surprisingly neat and tidy. The tin exterior walls are made of tin in order not to be overweight, and the exterior walls of the residential area are insulated, but only on one side. On the other side, there is only a single sheet of veneer under the tin to reduce weight. The fact that everything is handmade also has its disadvantages.
It leaks a lot. We have waterproofed it and fixed it several times, but it still leaks. I think the water might be coming through the gaps in the tin, but I have no choice but to cover it with blue sheets when it rains.
Let’s take a look inside the building (?). Let’s take a look inside the building. The room is about the size of a private room in an Internet cafe, but it is 170 cm high, so it feels larger than expected. There is a sink in the corner of the room, and when you pull out the folded table, it becomes a kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with a portable battery and a cassette stove with electricity, gas, and water. The room is wallpapered tightly, and looks just like a proper “studio” room. It might be possible to invite women to stay there.
What was the reason for Happi Happi to start camping with a light truck?
Of course, I wanted to make a name for myself. I decided I couldn’t go on like this, so I quit all my part-time jobs and moved out of my house, where I was living alone on 60,000 yen a month. I decided to do something that no one else was doing. At auditions, after I show my material, they always ask, “Is there anything else you can do? After doing comedy for five years, anyone can do something that can be presented in front of an audience to some extent. I don’t write material, so I thought I had to do something different, something only I could do to stand out from the crowd. That’s when I came up with the idea of creating a light truck camper.
Perhaps Hashi-Happi’s determination paid off, as he had several opportunities to attract attention on TV this year. Among them, his appearance on “Sanma’s Comedy Improvement Committee” (Fuji Television) in April was a major turning point.
I was too happy to have so many people, including not only Akashiya Sanma, but also Koji Imada, Tomonori Jinnai, and Zun-no Iio, go at me so hard. I felt for the first time that this is what it means to be a “honeymooner. When I went backstage, one of the senior comedians told me that it was the first time he had seen the moment when a comedian sells.
In August, on “Wednesday’s Downtown” (TBS), he was surprised when he woke up in the morning on a trip and found the hotel deserted. Downtown loved the sight of her running around in her yukata, screaming and crying, looking for a human figure. It became a hot topic of conversation on the Internet, and is regarded as one of this year’s “divine episodes. Happi Happi’s unique character of being a teasing character that makes people smile has begun to be recognized by the public. The amount of money he is paid by the office has increased many times compared to last year.
Before I quit my part-time job, I was getting as little as 5,000 yen a month, but this year, some months I am getting more than 100,000 yen. The rest of the time I am living in debt. Even so, everyone around me helps me out, so I don’t have any trouble eating. I am getting to know more and more people through this lifestyle, and I feel like I am getting more work through these connections. It is truly “Adesha! I am a “Adesha! My target comedians are Ryubei Ueshima and Tetsuro Izukawa. I will continue to do my best in all the jobs I am given without lying. Adesha!”
The light campervan was not moving anywhere today, and Hasshi-Happi walked to the nearest station, aiming for success as a “teased character comedian.
Photo： Yuri Adachi