I would be lying if I said I knew a bunch about the Japanese comedy community. Lying a lot. In fact, when I found out today that Japan just premiered its monthly version of Saturday Night Live, I wasn’t sure what that event meant. And then I watched the opening sequence (check it out below). And then I tripped balls. It’s literally the same opening, including Don Pardo (which I’m so into). And they have three lady cast members, which I was stoked to see, since we all know SNL is sorely lacking in the woman department.
I also found out today that Spain and Italy have their own versions of SNL (and they have Facebook pages too!) which are incredibly popular. The sets are eerily similar, the theme songs are nearly the same (the Italy theme song sounds like “Everlasting Love” though, which is fucking rad), but the content seems different in Japan.
Italy and Spain, it seems, are known for using political commentary in their writing much like the US version, but the Japanese crew seems to be focusing on slapstick, physical comedy (circa SNL’s early days perhaps?). Not sure if the political commentary will translate but I have to be honest: I’m going to find clips of it wherever I can because the girls on the show are adorable as all getout and the slapstick I have seen was glorious.