Yoshimoto and the Business of Comedy in Japan | Splitsider
Good read of the day.
“Unlike in the US where most aspiring comedians have to tough it out on unforgiving open-mic nights or making YouTube videos they hope will go “the viral,” hopeful Japanese comedians head for Osaka and try to get accepted into a comedy agency school. There are many other agencies and schools in town — called “jimushos”, but Yoshimoto is the biggest and the brightest. And kind of like the mafia, once you’re in a jimusho, you’re in it for life….
… While many struggling comedians I know would probably love a salaried job where they could list their position as “professional comedian,” it’s not quite as cushy a set-up as it sounds….
but a Yoshimoto success story is one that can last a lifetime. All those “crazy” Japanese videos you’ve passed around on the Internet with your friends? More often than not it probably was a product of Yoshimoto.
My love for manzai, and Downtown/Gaki no Tsukai is well-documented on this here tumblr.
Pssst, secret: I’ve actually entertained the idea of starting a “FuckyeahGakinotsukaiyaarehende!!” tumblr on a few bored, rainy winter days, but have yet to follow through.
Also: 2010 Batsu subs almost done!