How I Became a Field Reporter for a Japanese Variety Show

In 2012-2013, I was a correspondence reporter for the popular Japanese TV variety show 笑ってコラえて. There was originally an in depth, 7-part series posted on JALUP chronicling the story, but unfortunately this series had to be taken down due to a producer’s request, as apparently you aren’t supposed to reveal all the secrets behind how a major TV show is produced. Go figure…

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But an ultra abbreviated, simple summary is okay. So to sum up:

– On Craig’s list, I found an ad for an audition for a Japanese variety TV show filming in New York City where I live.
– I auditioned, got the part, and started filming the next day.
– I traveled around the New England area for weeks, acting as an on air correspondence reporter, actor, and interpreter.
– I learned the ins and outs of how a variety show is made.
– I got to talk with 仲間由紀恵, star of Trick and Gokusen.
– I did gourmet reports at a lot of famous restaurants
– I re-enacted the entire Rocky skit in Philadelphia
– I dressed up as George Washington and did a history tour of DC

July 4th, 2012

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August 8th, 2012

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Warakora rocky 6

warakora george washington

January 23rd, 2013

August 28, 2013

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If you have any questions about my experience, feel free to ask in the comments!

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How I Became a Field Reporter for a Japanese Variety Show — 26 Comments

  1. I just watched the show and there were some good moments definitely. Although I must admit I start to zone out when American history is mentioned. “George Washing— blah blah — America — blah blah”.

    How did you manage to become a correspondent in the first place?

    • You do have to like history a bit here. Hope you watched the Rocky reenactment though.

      They held auditions in NY a few months ago. I went, they liked me, and I was in!

  2. ももクロ?!? You lucky dog, you.
    That episode had a different feel than most わらコラ episodes. Seemed less about the educational focus. It definitely was entertaining though. You got to do a lot of silly, fun things.
    Loved the Rocky bit!

  3. I am in Japan at the moment and as I was randomly flicking through the channels I recognised your face. Like, seriously what are the chances of that happening? Cool stuff. I enjoyed the episode, keep it up!

  4. That’s so cool! Wow, every time you write about doing this it makes me want to dive into Japanese full force so I can take part in such neat things. :D Congrats!

  5. I actually found JALUP after seeing the rerun of the New York episode. The wife was very impressed with your accent so some cyber stalking led me here.

    The celebrity “station id” bit and the Lady Gaga bit was definitely the best two parts.

  6. That’s awesome! You are an inspiration to us all, Adshap! :) I hope you get to do some more episodes. Also if anyone knows where you can watch this online (I looked around but couldn’t find it) please post the link.

  7. えっ、まさかストーニーブルックが映るなんて思わなかった・・・ 日本にはもう住んでいないのに近くに笑い芸能人がいてびっくりだね。

  8. やった!I really enjoyed the previous episodes, so I’m looking forward to watching this in a week. The show is very fun and motivating at the same time, which is great. I hope you get to be on it lots more in the future!

  9. I’m not sure if Adshap is too humble to mention this or if they didn’t tell him but this episode is part of a three hour live special. Even if its only a short segment that’s pretty awesome that they would add you to such an important program.

    For those who haven’t lived in Japan long enough to absorb what’s going on here’s my 2円 explanation. The channel this show is on (日本テレビ) has a massive 24 hour live broadcast, starting on Saturday, to raise money for charity. As a lead-in to this 笑ってコラえて is doing a 3-hour live broadcast on Friday which is not their normal time slot. Very impressive!


    • Whoops, I totally screwed up on the dates. For some reason I thought it was on Friday. Still this is the 3 hour live special so that part still applies. orz

      • Yeah, I originally made the same mistake too, as it is fairly close to the 24 hour tv.

        They told me it’s live due to the 60th anniversary of NTV.

        I actually will be filming the last part live at the studio (at like 6am in the morning).

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