Friday, September 07, 2007

Japan's most off-the-wall TV show ever—MXC

In the early 1980s, before he made a name for himself in Japan's film industry as a full-fledged director, comedian Takeshi Kitano (a.k.a. Beat Takeshi) hosted a very "physical" comedy show called "Takeshi no Shiro" ("Takeshi's Castle"), in which contestants attempted to navigate outrageous obstacle courses.


Fast forward a couple of decades. America's Spike TV takes "Takeshi no Shiro," adds a yuk-it-up English voiceover—which bears no resemblance to the original soundtrack, a la What's Up, Tiger Lily?—and christens the result "Most Extreme Elimination Challenge," or MXC for short.


If you've never seen MXC, then here are a few clips to initiate you.


Tiny Trike Competition



Frozen Wallbangers



Brass Balls



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