Become a Studio Audience Member of a Japanese Variety Show — 12 Comments

  1. I also wonder what the actual reason behind the “mostly female in the audience” situation haha. I mean, is it just because its mostly women who apply, or is it intentional?? My guess is intentional haha. Still, great post, if I lived in Japan I would definitely apply right now!

    • Obviously because its TV and everything is very controlled it could be intentional. However there are plenty of places you can go in Tokyo, cafes in particular, where there customers are almost entirely female. These places don’t restrict their services at all so it’s purely a social and economic phenomenon. It could be likely like women just have more time and interest in being audience members.

      I do think the fact that the guys they do bring are generally sat on the fringes is probably very intentional.

      There’s one kind of funny side effect of it being a job. When a show does need Japanese speaking foreigners as members of the audience the producers will turn to the talent agencies. A buddy of mine got invited to be an audience member this way.

      • Thanks for your input on this subject Mike. I also noticed that the guys are usually in the back, out of sight. That’s why on 月曜から夜ふかし, when Matsuko engages the audience, you always see one line of guys in the last row who occasionally have something to say.

        You better go and try this out and give us a further report :P

  2. Great.

    I’m definitely going to do this during the winter months when I have fewer engagements and can go to a show at any time I might be called. Although I hope it’s not during the day during the week while I work.

  3. あれ?「仕事」になってお金を貰えると、法律的にはもうアウトでしょうかね?

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