World's Strangest TV Shows
Japan: Don’t Laugh
Japan is the global superpower when it comes to bizarre game shows—but their motivations are different. Here, humiliation is a worse fate than losing out on the big cash prize. Consider Don’t Laugh, where contestants are challenged to keep a straight face when presented with clearly hilarious situations, such as regular guys in skimpy swimsuits or students trying to read aloud in English (granted, the knee-slapping quality sometimes seems a stretch from an American perspective). And if the contestant laughs—and you know he’s gonna laugh—a bunch of masked guys wielding big sticks swoop in and beat the guy silly. Makes a parting gift of Rice-a-Roni seem like a bouquet of roses.
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