Gaki no Tsukai (ガキの使い?), is a Japanese variety show hosted by the popular Japanese owarai duo, Downtown, with comedian Hōsei Tsukitei (formerly known as Hōsei Yamasaki) and owarai duo Cocorico co-hosting. The program has been broadcast on Nippon TV since its pilot episode on October 3, 1989 and continues to this day, celebrating its 1000th episode on April 18, 2010. The program currently broadcasts on Nippon TV and its regional affiliates from 10:56 p.m. until 11:26 p.m JST.
Downtown, one of the most influential and prolific kombi in Japan, who are known for their sarcastic, short-tempered stage personas.
Hitoshi Matsumoto (松本人志 Matsumoto Hitoshi?), the boke half of Downtown. Absurdism, sarcasm, and a blunt, ill-tempered persona make up his comedic style. Deadpan is his forté, but he can slip into exaggerated reactions as well. He is often described as an \”M\”, or masochist.
Masatoshi Hamada (浜田雅功 Hamada Masatoshi?), the tsukkomi half of Downtown. His quick temper, displays of schadenfreude, and tendency to hit people on their heads are notorious in the owarai world. He is often described as an \”S\”, or sadist.
Hōsei Tsukitei (月亭方正 Tsukitei Hōsei?), part of the regular cast since 1990. His role on the show is usually divided up between the suberi-kyara (the unfunny character who tries very hard to be funny, but fails) and the ijime-kyara (the underdog who gets bullied and picked on, often physically). Formerly known as Yamasaki Hosei on the show, however at times the rest of the regulars will call him Yamachan or Hosei-san.
Cocorico, part of the regular cast since 1997.
Naoki Tanaka (田中直樹 Tanaka Naoki?), the boke half of Cocorico.
Shōzō Endō (遠藤章造 Endō Shōzō?), the tsukkomi half of Cocorico.
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License (Kazuhiro Fujiwara (藤原一裕 Fujiwara Kazuhiro?) and Takafumi Inomoto (井本貴史 Inomoto Takafumi?)). A comedy duo that works at the show and has occasionally joined the regular cast. Fujiwara is also known as \”Vacuum Fujiwara\” because of his eating ability, which is used as a running gag in some skits.
Hideaki Ohnishi (大西秀明 Ohnishi Hideaki?). Often called by his stage name, \`Jimmy Ohnishi\` (ジミー大西). Left the regular cast in 1996 to pursue a painting career. He has subsequently made several appearances in pre-taped segments that are shown to the cast in the \”No-Laughing\” batsu games, since 2005. In the videos, Onishi portrays an inane version of himself appearing in various roles, saying or doing things that are inane/off-the-wall, usually repeatedly, in an attempt to make the cast laugh.
Kenji Suga (菅賢治 Suga Kenji?). Chief producer. Appears in various sketches, usually as himself, as well as cosplaying as various characters during batsu games. As well as appearing in person during these, his likeness is often used for comedic effect in various ways—for instance, appearing on humorous posters, or as a stone bust. The name \”Gāsū\” (ガースー), a reversal of the kana in his given name, is also referenced in similar ways.
Toshihide Saitō (斉藤敏豪 Saitō Toshihide?). Chief director. Usually referred to by his nickname, Heipō (ヘイポー). Several sketches and games are based on his complete inability to stomach scary things (however silly they may be) and his perverted nature. He also appears whenever the cast needs an extra man around such as in \”Silent library\” and \”No Laughing at the News agency\” where he and Tanaka were paired up to do a Blair Witch kind of challenge in a nearby forest. He also took Hamada\`s place in the \”Kiki Ketchup\” series when the former was hospitalized.
Hiroshi Fujiwara (藤原 寛 Fujiwara Hiroshi?). Downtown\`s former manager. Often seen cosplaying as a female character during batsu games, where he meets up with the participants and guides them through the game. He often stutters and speaks incoherently, and generally displays a great deal of incompetence in serious matters.
Yoshinobu Nakamura (中村喜伸 Nakamura Yoshinobu?). Producer of the show, often used when a 6th person is needed for a skit. Has appeared in batsu games and has shown his ability to withstand pain.
Itsuji Itao (板尾創路 Itao Itsuji?). A member of the comedy duo 130R and former cast member of Downtown\`s Gottsu Ee Kanji. Appears often in batsu games. Itao has had six different women portraying his \”wife\” throughout the series, one of whom, Sherri, is best known for her dancing along to Madonna in the Highschool batsu game.
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Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende