Gamarjobat shows that comedy is truly without language barriers. Using nothing but gibberish exclamations, whistles, a case full of props and their own bodies, Ketch! and HIRO-PON unleash chaos for an hour before a delighted, baffled and enthusiastic audience.
These guys are unparalleled in physical comedy
As genuine YouTube sensations (over 50million views) and having appeared on TV and stages worldwide, it’s easy to think that there’s not much new to see from these Japanese clowns. True, the classic routines are there but it’s the unscripted anarchy which really makes the show. Their audience work is exceptional and, for a show that is very reliant on the audience being on-side, they encourage a level of involvement that amazes me. Children practically fall over each other to join in, parents become playful innocents and everyone leaves the stage a star.
Those who have seen their later night spots know that Gamarjobat aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of taste, and the humour can be slightly risqué in places. Saying that, it’s nothing worse than you’d hear on Saturday night telly. More cheeky than rude, with an understanding of just how far a joke can go before truly causing offence. It’s representative of the talent for comedy on display; these guys are unparalleled in physical comedy.
Unfortunately, there’s a moment when one audience member decides that they’re not so keen on the level of interaction required and they pack up and leave. The boys on stage find a wonderfully inventive way to play it for laughs but, during their post-show speech, they ask if the departed person has any friends in the room as they wish to arrange a refund and pass on their apologies that they didn’t enjoy the show. It’s a powerful indicator of how seriously Gamarjobat feel about their silliness.