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Middle-aged comedians launching BS shows for a comfortable, in-depth viewing experience!

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ingenuity and clear targets only possible with a low budget.

In the past few years, a number of comedians have appeared on BS broadcasting programs.’ Gokuraku Tombo no Gokuraku Tabi ( BS Nippon TV),” which became a regular program in January ’21 after a 20-year pilot version, “Bananaman Himura ga Walking! Walking no Himutaro” (BS Asahi), and “X-nen koto kara no kanjo tachi – Ano moumuheno no behind-the-scenes -“ (BS-TBS) started in October of the same year.

BS Yoshimoto opened in March 2010. In March 2010, BS Yoshimoto opened, airing past programs such as “Kao Meijin Gekijo” and “Yoshimoto Shinki Gekijo,” as well as the running program “Bramayo Kosugi’s ‘Run, Run, Run’ ” (BS-TBS)! Kosucho” (which began airing on TV Osaka last July), ” Junior, I’m coming, ” in which Chihara Jr. interviews various people from all over Japan, ” Matayoshi & Sekishiro no Nantoshinashi Walk,” in which he performs free-verse haiku while walking throughout the Tohoku region, and “Katamari Mizukawa,” a location program introducing food and activities in Okayama Prefecture, where Mizukawa is from. A series of new programs have been launched, including “KUKI KAIDAN no ●yama,” a location program that introduces food and activities in Okayama Prefecture, Katamari Mizukawa’s hometown.

Meanwhile, ” Kazuki Iio’s Zun Cafe” (BS TV TOKYO) became a regular program in April of the same year, and “SHIMOFURI MYOJO’s Golden☆80’S” (BS Fuji), a music variety show that delves into the music and artists of the 1980s, began in October, In April 2011, ” Drunk Tsukaji’s Floating Standing Soba” (BS Nippon TV), and in October “Kenkova’s Drunken Busy Hotel Nationwide Edition” (BS Asahi) began. Nishikigoi no Ima Otsutte desu” (Nishikigoi’s Offline Time) (BS Asahi) began in December 2010, although it is irregular. ( BS Fuji) started in December 2010, and in September 2011, a one-shot “Audrey Haruhi no Hobby wo Motomete! (BS Asahi) in September 2011.

In addition, this year, “Hikaru Ota no TV no Mukou de ” (BS Fuji), in which he discusses with guests at length, began, and all kinds of people from young to veteran are increasing their exposure on BS broadcasting.

In 2007, ” Tokoro-san’s Setagaya Base ” (BS TV), in 2011, “Ogi Yahagi’s Car History: NO CAR, NO LIFE” ( BS Nippon TV), and in 2003, “Quiz! Brain Bell Show” (BS Fuji/MC: Keiji Okada, Masuda Okada) in 2003, ” My Neighbor’s Sugoi Ie” (BS TV TOKYO/Angirls) in 2006, “Machinuka de Drunkenness” (BS-TBS/Juntaro Tamabukuro, Asakusa Kid) in 2007, and other popular programs. In addition to popular programs such as “Machinuka de Drunkenness” (BS-TBS, Asakusa Kid and Jutaro Tamabukuro) in 2007, BS broadcasting has further expanded its lineup year by year.

I love coffee shops! Kazuki Iio of Zun” enjoys a cup of delicious coffee at the Showa-era retro “Zun Cafe” (from the official website of BS TV TOKYO’s “Kazuki Iio’s Zun Cafe”).

Delivering the program’s personality in abundance

Nevertheless, why are more and more comedians beginning to appear on BS rather than terrestrial TV? The first thing that can be mentioned is the overall very relaxed atmosphere.

In programs such as “Walking no Himutaro,” in which Yuki Nimura of Bananaman walks around Tokyo and is rewarded with a meal at the end, or “Weekend Gokuraku Tabi,” in which two members of Gokuraku Tombo and a guest travel without using a smartphone or car navigation system, the performers act spontaneously, and it is pleasant to watch. It is pleasant to watch.

Rather than efficiently touring restaurants and tourist attractions as terrestrial location programs do, the emphasis seems to be on natural interaction with the staff and locals. Another attraction of BS is that you can see all kinds of location programs, such as coffee shops, soba noodle shops, Chinese restaurants, eateries in front of train stations in foreign lands, building tours, and so on.

Another major feature of this program is that it delves deeply into a particular theme with a relatively small number of cast members. For example, the program “Kyu-Ji-En: Keywords that make professional baseball 100 times more fun ” (NHK BS1), which began airing in 2002, was created based on the concept of “the ultimate baseball-related dictionary.

Each episode changes its theme, such as “sinking strikes,” “hit end runs,” “two-seam,” “perfect game,” and “pitching interval,” and is led by Nobuyuki Hanawa of Natsu, who has been the host since December 2007, along with three or four studio guests.

The same style is basically used in “X-nenkan kara no kankei tachi” hosted by Maple Chogokin’s Kazu Razor. The program focuses on entertainment and products that once dominated the world, as well as projects that became social phenomena, and invites three or four people involved in them to recount behind-the-scenes stories from those days along with video VTRs. The concept of “looking back on a different theme each time in the form of a reunion” is also outstanding.

Rather than focusing on the art sets and lavish casting, the common theme of all programs is to “bring to the viewer a lot of the program’s own personality. This approach to presentation can be said to be an ingenuity unique to low-budget BS broadcasting.

Tokoro-san’s Setagaya Base,” a long-running program that started in 2007 (from BS Fuji’s official website)

Episodes that cannot be seen on terrestrial broadcasting

From the viewer’s point of view, there is also the pleasure of seeing scenes and episodes that are rarely seen on terrestrial TV.

In this regard, “Walking Himutaro,” which was broadcast for two weeks last April, is the first that comes to mind. In this project, Yuki Nimura of Bananaman and guest Bakarhythm toured the places (Meidaimae, Niyoda, Shimokitazawa, etc.) that held fond memories for them during their down-and-out years, and those of us watching the program felt as if we were participating along with them.

As they walked around the town and reminisced, Bakarhythm said, “When I was playing with Himura, we talked about ‘What are you going to do now? (Note: While playing with Himura), they talked about what they were going to do, and Bakarhythm said, “We kept saying ‘XX, XX, XX, go home, go home, go home, go home, go home.

Also fresh in the memory is “Himu Himu Golf – Private GOLF Trip with Friends” ( BS TV TOKYO), which aired on January 3 this year. The first thing that caught my attention was the unusual combination of Bananaman Himura, Teruyuki Tsuchida, Ogi Yahagi Kaneto, and Audrey Kasuga Toshiaki.

The content of the program was a trip to a golf course as if it were a private one, and the sight of the four enjoying hot springs and glamping after playing was especially fresh and exciting. The day after the program aired, Yahagi mentioned on his radio program that after the opening shot, before and after the mid-round meal and before the scene in which Kasuga wears a hunting cap, he washed his hair and removed all the styling products, and said, “I was impressed by the professionalism of this guy,” adding that the story behind the program was also memorable.

Whether it is the aforementioned “Setagaya Base,” which has continued for a long time, Tokoro George entertains the audience with his ad-libs. In addition to this, there have been occasional appearances by big-name guests, leaving the garage to participate in circuit races, and appearing in the station’s CS program “Shiokoji: Shiori Tamai x Konosuke Sakazaki no Odaiba Folk Village NEXT” ( Fuji Television Network Next), which has long been a weapon of BS broadcasting. The high degree of freedom, reality, and some unexpectedness are probably the weapons of BS broadcasting.

Audrey Haruhi’s “I want to find a hobby! (from BS Asahi’s official website)

A project targeting an older age group

I only watch BS at home. (omission) There is a certain number of programs I can watch when I get home at night, on average, to some extent. If I increase it any more, I won’t be able to keep up. Week after week, you see, more and more programs accumulate.

These were the words of Kasuga on “Audrey’s All Night Nippon” (Nippon Broadcasting System) broadcast late at night on January 27 this year. In addition to his terrestrial activities, Kasuga himself started his own BS program, “I want to find a hobby! a BS program, may be due in large part to the fact that Kasuga himself is in his mid-40s.

( BS-TBS, hosted by Tsutomu Sekine), which focuses on popular songs up to the 1980s, and “Comedy Coming-of-Age Ceremony ” (BS Fuji), a storytelling battle between comedians with more than 20 years of artistic experience. The social networking and subscriber culture has taken root.

With SNS and subscriber culture taking root and the need for frequent information updates, there may be a demand for TV-quality programs such as BS broadcasting that showcase information in an in-depth manner.

  • Interview and text by Asahi Suzuki

    Freelance editor/writer. Former band member, former broadcaster. Loves all kinds of entertainment. Published "Shimura Ken Theory" (Asahi Shinbun Publishing) in April 2021. Updating his personal website "Immortal Writing Blues". http://s-akira.jp/

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