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Joujou Gundan
JojoGundan-2014
Joujou Gundan, 2014
General Information

Origin

Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan

Years active

2003–present

Agency

UP-FRONT AGENCY (~2010)
J.P. ROOM (2012–2013)
UP-FRONT CREATE (2013–present)

Members

Sawayaka Goro
Suzuki Keita

Joujou Gundan (上々軍団; The Great Army) are a Japanese comedy duo (owarai kombi) managed under UP-FRONT CREATE. The duo was formed in 2003, consisting of Sawayaka Goro and Suzuki Keita.

In addition to their stand-up, the duo often work together or individually as MCs for various events related to UP-FRONT or Hello! Project.

HistoryEdit

JojoGundan-2012

Joujou Gundan, 2012

JojoGundan-2011

Joujou Gundan, 2011

In high school, Sawayaka Goro, Suzuki Keita, and six other classmates formed a comedy group as a festival act. Afterwards, all the other students gradually left the group with only Sawayaka and Suzuki remaining.[1]

In April 2003, Sawayaka and Suzuki officially formed as a comedy duo under the name Joujou Gundan.

On November 17, 2007, Joujou Gundan competed on NHK's Bakusho On-Air Battle, a weekly TV program which 10 to 12 different comedy acts performed a five minute skit and were ranked by "kilo battles" (KB).[2] KB was weighed by 100 judges dropping golf balls into a bucket sitting on a digital scale, and the five acts with the highest KB would have their skit aired on the edited TV broadcast. Joujou Gundan received the perfect score of 545KB, becoming the third comedy act in the history of the program to do so, behind Masuda Okada and former UP-FRONT AGENCY duo Time Machine 3gou.[2]

At some point in their career the duo joined UP-FRONT AGENCY,[3][4] and in late 2012 transferred to J.P ROOM.

On June 30, 2013, they transferred over to UP-FRONT CREATE.

In April 2016, Joujou Gundan became the new hosts of the long-running music program saku saku on TV Kanagawa (tvk) with Suzuki also providing the voice for the puppet character Ponmop.[5] The show ended on March 31, 2017.[6][7]

In December 2016, Joujou Gundan collaborated with ANGERME to promote Morinaga DARS's "Dars no Hi" on December 12.[8] They released a web video series in which they cooked with DARS chocolate.[9]

MembersEdit

WorksEdit

TV ProgramsEdit

  • [2016.04–2017.03.31] saku saku (Hosts; Suzuki Keita as the voice of "Ponmop")

Lives & EventsEdit

  • [2012.03.09~0.3.10] Joujou Gundan Hatsu Tandoku Live "Houkago Coconuts Resort" (上々軍団初単独ライブ『放課後ココナッツリゾート』)

Notes & ReferencesEdit

  1. Owarai Danshikou vol.8. Wani Books. Published: 2011-01-07.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "「上々軍団」さわやか五郎 芸人初のアイドルばり誕生日イベント開催" (in Japanese). Tokyo Sports. 2016-09-26.
  3. The exact date or year Joujou Gundan joined UP-FRONT GROUP is unknown. However, 2010 is the earliest date that can be found, proven by an UP-FRONT Live skit uploaded onto the former UpfrontEntertainment YouTube channel at that time.
  4. "上々軍団(アップフロントライブ)" (in Japanese). UpfrontEntertainment (via YouTube). 2010-09-27.
  5. "上々軍団が「saku saku」新レギュラーに、鈴木がポンモップの操縦士担当" (in Japanese). natalie. 2016-03-10.
  6. "tvk「saku saku」が放送終了、ラストライブを3月に" (in Japanese). natalie. 2016-12-19.
  7. "sakusakuからお知らせの巻" (in Japanese). Joujou Gundan Sawayaka Goro Official Blog. 2016-12-19.
  8. https://twitter.com/MorinagaChoco/status/804650667671330816
  9. "アンジュルム×上々軍団「DARSクッキング」" (in Japanese). Morinaga Seika. 2016-12-05.
  10. 10.0 10.1 In manzai, a traditional style of Japanese stand-up comedy, the boke (ボケ) acts as the "funny man" and the tsukkomi (ツッコミ) acts as the "straight man".

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