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DA Epiphanies and Realisations

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Japanese and Korean Comedy Shows

“When researchers do autoethnography, they retrospectively and selectively write about epiphanies that stem from, or are made possible by, being part of a culture and/or by possessing a particular cultural identity. However, in addition to telling about experiences, autoethnographers often are required by social science publishing conventions to analyze these experiences”. (Ellis, 2011)

In the rest of this post I will discuss the few epiphanies discovered by watching the 6 Asian comedies in my Digital Artefact. Those comedies can be found via these links.

DA Blog Posts (In Order)
‘Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!’
Watanabe’s Shiratori Mirei Skits
‘Invisible Man’
‘Gag Concert’
‘Mecha-Mecha Iketeru!’
‘Men on a Mission’

The original plan was to do a comedy variety show for a greater range of Asian countries as I wanted to see the difference in comedy styles but in the end I did 3 Korean…

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A Review on One Episode of Men on a Mission

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Men on a Mission.
아는 형님

Aka Knowing Bros or Ask Us Anything.
Episode S1: E2
Can be found on Netflix.

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Basic Overview:

Korean male celebrities are in a high school setting pretending to be students, welcoming in star transfer students as guests every week and engaging in battles of witty humour and slapstick with the hosts Kang Ho-Dong, Lee Soo-Geun, Sang-Min Lee.
Episode Netflix Description: Eun Ji-Won from the group Sechs Kies challenges the class to a game of Indian poker. Kang Kyun-Sung, a singer from Noel, invites them to slackline.
First couple of minutes feature the guests asking quiz questions about themselves to the class.

Themes:

I’ve noticed that quite a lot of Korean comedy techniques involves being sort of disrespectful or speaking down to people that are older than you. I’m learning that like in many cultures Koreans respect elders a lot, even if it’s just by a…

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A Review on One Episode of Mecha-Mecha Iketeru!

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Mecha-Mecha Iketeru
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(2011.09.17)

NOT INCULDING AKB48 IDOL SPORTS CARNIVAL

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Basic Overview:

Mecha-Mecha Iketeru is another variety game show that consists of a range of different games and skits that are often times not replayed again, making a unique experience each time. In this episode teams of Girl Group Japanese Idols “young manufactured stars/starlets marketed to be admired for their cuteness” declare their rivalries for other teams, take fun, light hearted jabs at each other and just have a good roast session for the first 16 minutes. Then they all play against each other in fun sports games each of the 8 girl groups has one team player go up and verse the other chosen players from other teams. All the girl groups have their own individual colour shirt to wear.
Three games were played Capture the Flag, High Jump and Sumo Wrestling.

Themes:

In the beginning all the girls…

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A Review on One Episode of Gag Concert

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Gag Concert | 개그콘서트 (2013.08.03)

Basic Overview:

A South Korean KBS founded Sketch Comedy TV show showcasing the power of stand up comedy. It started off in September 1999 and as it says online, Gag Concert is the oldest of South Korean comedy programs. In Gag concert a ton of different comedians show up to perform a variety of different skits to a live audience concert style. Episodes usually pass an hour and if one skit doesn’t suit you, chances are another will.

This episode featured the skits: The Boy Band / Still Alive / You Are So Bad / Real Modern Dictionary / Daddy's Little Girl / BBOOM Entertainment / Why We Don't Need Men / The King of Ratings / Yellow Sea / Badump Badump / The Legends / Dance Chatter / ...... / SISTAR29 / Ohseong and Haneum / The Uncomfortable Truth

Themes:

Trying to condense the…

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A Review on One Episode of ‘Invisible Man’

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Invisible Man | 투명인간 – Ep.1 (2015.01.28)

Basic Overview:

Invisible Man is a Korean variety game show where a cast of celebrities go to a workplace (office) and attempt to make the employees laugh. If those employees do laugh they fail and if they don’t then the celebrity assigned to them fails. If the employees have less losers then the celeb team then they win some sort of holiday. Apparently this show is now cancelled due to poor ratings.

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Themes:

Ok so in this show the humour ranged quite a bit, because there was around 5 main celebrities, one guy was a model, the guest was an actress and the rest of them were comedians who had all their own styles of humour. A common form of humour seemed to be this whole ‘acting cute’ thing which involved the use of baby voices and immature speech I guess. Use of…

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A Review on Comedian Naomi Watanabe’s Shiratori Mirei Skits

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Naomi Watanabe
渡辺直美

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So I encountered this Japanese actress, comedian, and fashion designer via this YouTube video appearing in my recommended list. I enjoyed her humour and sass throughout the video and was excited to see what else I could unravel.

Her name is Naomi Watanabe, upon discovering this video I stumbled into an interesting new world of comedy. After a quick google search I found that she has been referenced as being the “Japanese Beyonce” for several amazing lip syncing performances. But it was a bit of a struggle to find English subbed episodes of any of the comedy skits she’s done, plus I didn’t even know where to start. The Skit’s I watched were of her character Shiratori Mirei, her features seem to be very exaggerated for obvious comedic effect. Large oddly shaped eyebrows, unflattering camera angles, ill-fitting clothes, you can see examples of this below.

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A Review on One Episode of ‘Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!’

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ダウンタウンのガキの使いやあらへんで!!

No Laughing Hospital (2007)

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Basic Overview:

Gaki No Tsukai is a Japanese variety show, hosted by comedian duo Hitoshi Matsumoto and Masatoshi Hamada. They are regularly accompanied by Hōsei Yamasaki, Naoki Tanaka and Shōzō Endō. In this episode the five of them enter a hospital for 24 hours and are not allowed to laugh at anything that happens otherwise they get punished. In the form of a smack on the behind.

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Themes:

The humour is very visually based which is different to the one liners in Western comedies, eg. Having 5 grown men change into nurses outfits, one guy ends up with a skirt that’s way too short.
Other common trends in the humour are: elements of surprise, awkward too-long pauses, unusual social situations, random but rare inappropriate touches, punishment/pain jokes, culture shock (slightly), exaggerated reactions and many personal appearances so people the comedians know spontaneously and unexpectedly showing up.

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An Analysis of My Independent Autoethnography

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"Even though the researcher's experience isn't the main focus, personal reflection adds context and layers to the story being told about participants" (Ellis, 2004)

Reflecting on my previous post I had decided that my Digital Artefact for BCM320 Digital Asia would consist of me reviewing a variety of different Asian comedies, this is because I have an uncontrollable love and respect for comedians and laughter that triumphs most other things in life. Hunger, sleep, shelter.

But to further analyse this using the Ellis et al reading (2011) I began to think about my own cultural framework and how this relates to my chosen Digital Artefact.

The different types of comedy medias I had growing up were mainly American, I remember fondly watching Friday starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker with my family oddly enough not usually on Friday’s. Almost all the comedy shows and other genres of tv we watched…

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Reviewing Asian Comedies

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Starting to think of what aspects of Asian media interest me that I would love to find out more about and fully immerse myself in, I came to the conclusion that comedies were it for me.

My love for comedies cannot be triumphed by anything else, and I absolutely believe that watching and absorbing comedy material from other countries is a great way to understand a culture. It involves both hearing the languages being spoken but also the many ways you can make someone laugh. Australians tend to have one way of doing comedy, perhaps using our own stereotypes, enhancing accents and so on. Americans too have their own style, there own stereotypes and different taboos. Like how in Australia swearing is no issue at all, you can freely say the c word and no one would take offence. But in America that word would probably get you beaten up.

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An Auto Ethnographic View of Akira 1988

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Before watching Akira (1988) I didn’t realise how regularly I’ve seen references to it in Western popular media. From Michael Jackson’s and Kanye West’s music to Street Art, Streetwear, and even to Sci-Fi or Apocalyptic style films.

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(Source: Neo-Tokyo Is About To Explode – Akira Murals In Shibuya: Link)

Akira‘s combination of cyberpunk dystopia, youth alienation, scientific-based philosophy and grand scale visual bombast was already a staple part of the western sci-fi genre throughout the 80s” (Usher, 2016)

My personal experience with Akira was interesting to say the least, I found myself confused for the most part until the end of the film when everything comes together, 3 quarters of the film was very chaotic and overwhelming. Which reinforces feelings of being in an Apocalyptic mess created by the government.

The main cast of characters were quite stereotypical, a misunderstood male lead who has reasons for all…

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