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Old 2009-06-19, 20:13   Link #1171
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Originally Posted by Guernsey View Post
Is Japanese humor fast paced? I heard that something called the Boke and Tsukkiomi (forgive if this is a misspelling) similar to the straight man and funnny man but is as fast paced as they make it sound on some shows and most live performances? Can anyone elaborate for me?
If you've ever seen an Abbott&Costello routine (like "Who's on First"), you have a good approximation of the whole concept.

It is often fast-paced... but they also make great use of pauses ("wait for it...") and facial expressions including "break 4th wall" type of glances at the audience.

Google on All-Hanshin Kyojin (

The comedy style is called "manzai" (you can google up youtube examples).
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