A Day Wiing in Tokyo

The other day I went into Tokyo for a Nintendo ‘audition’ (I probably didn’t get it, by the way) for a video demonstrating the ‘Wii’. "A Wii?", I hear you cry! Well, this is going to be Nintendo’s new super-console, their answer to the likes of Microsoft’s X-Box 360 and Sony’s impending Playstation Thwii (gettit!?)
 First of all, we sat around watching videos of people enjoying the games, from catching fish to sword-fighting and it did look very appealing. I am a big Nintendo fan, by the way. I’m not sure if you know, but the gameplay revolution with the ‘Wii’ (in fact, it’s original codename was ‘Revolution’) is that the games are controlled by swishing around what looks like a DVD remote-controller. Thus drums can be beaten, fish can be caught, swords slashed.
 Whilst we watched these, we heard a mysterious and rather alarming series of yelps and yells from the next room, where the audition was taking place. One of my fellow auditionees said that it sounded something like the Gimp scene in Pulp Fiction. The sounds would go quiet, another group would go in, then the same thing.
 Sooner or later, the four of us went in. We did our introductions, did a spin for the camera and everything and found out that it was all nothing more than an imaginary doubles game of tennis, with us being encouraged to fly and lunge for the imaginary ball, all whilst facing the camera.
All of this was far too much excitement for little old me and on the train back I contented myself by talking to one of the other guys. He was a small, chubby, kind of funny-looking guy (this is his own self-description!) with spiky hair and torn, camoflage shorts.It turns out that he is a practising comedian and, yes, he did give up his day-job (studying Japanese) to do this. He is hoping to join some kind of kid’s comedy bus, teaching English through drama as they drive around Japan. In the meantime, he’s (trying) to get by with this type of one-off gig, the better paid of which have auditions just like this one.
If you want to support him and his friends, try and make it to the comedy show they call the Tokyo Comedy Store on the fourth Friday of every month at The Crocodile-
The Crocodile
6-18-8 B1,
New Sekiguchi Bld.,
Tel. 090-8947-3701
I’ll be going there some time, for sure. Maybe see you there, too!
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