This has to just be a thing Jack Black wanted to do, no way was this a money making move. He wanted to be on a crazy Japanese game show. Which I think is a perfectly reasonable goal in life. At a certain point, when you've done as much as he has and made as much money as he's made, normal luxuries must lose their luster. There are only so many rooms at the Four Seasons you can stay in before they get boring, only so many rolexes you can wear and kobe beef burgers you can eat (see: things often paired together). And when those maximums are reached you gotta branch out and do stuff that just looks strange but enchanting.
I don't know about you guys/girls, but whenever I see a clip from one of these shows I don't really laugh or anything, but I'm captivated. Like I don't display the usual behavior that expresses a high level of engagement. I watch it with the exact same expression, which is a mixture of curiosity, confusion, awe, terror, and joy. It manifests itself physically with a strong squinting of the eyes and about a 2 finger drop of the jaw*. Often times my dick does weird stuff, alternating between retreating and doing little jumps. Not so much in this video, I just mean with Japanese game show videos in general, although don't sleep on the erotic nature of Jack's mustache expanding above his overflowing marshmallow mouth. Anyway, clearly Mr. Black feels a similar allure to these shows and decided to see what it's all about. And boy this show didn't disappoint.
It had everything you want in a weird Japanese game show: lots of Japanese people talking loudly and frenetically over each other, big bold and colorful subtitles for the english-speaking American who looks wildly out of place and yet fits in perfectly, oddly mean insults being tossed at the guest (but it's okay cus everyone is smiling and laughing like you're the cutest thing ever), absurdly fake laugh tracks, cheesy post-production animations, and finally a ridiculous competition for the climax. It's all there. Again, I didn't laugh, but I couldn't stop watching, and it made me realize that I won't think I've made it until I'm stuffing an abundance of something in to my mouth in front of a large audience of Japanese people laughing and cheering... wait...
It's great to be back!
P.S. There's a ton more of Jack Black on this show if you just follow the YouTube link on this video.
* Two finger drop is an acting term, idiots. No, I'm not shoving fingers in my mouth, jeeze... Shit that last sentence of the final paragraph makes this a tougher sell.
Okay, and finally some housekeeping stuff and announcements. Stop reading if you don't care but also go fuck yourself. So as you can see the blog is back, it will be returning on a daily basis and I think I'm going to (loosely) stick to the previous format of a theme every day. But that's not all! Coming very soon to join the blog will be the first Shorts Show sponsored podcast: Let's Figure This Out Together. What the hell is that, you say? Well you will find out soon enough, but just know that we will have some very important, and hopefully at least slightly funny, things to say on this thing that you'll want to hear. Check for more info on that in the upcoming couple weeks. Thanks for reading, folks, I'm gonna go not google a Japanese fetish related thing on PornHub.