Bakushō Mondai (爆笑問題) is a Japanese comedy duo consisting of Yūji Tanaka and Hikari Ōta under the entertainment agency, Titan Inc. The comedians first met when they were students in the Department of Fine Arts at Nihon University, and they formed Bakushō Mondai in 1988 after dropping out of school. The name of the duo means literally "burst into/roaring laughter", "problem/question". The tsukkomi of the two, Tanaka, had a testicle removed because of testicular cancer, and this frequently elicits jokes by the group's boke, Ōta, as well as other personalities that they may be performing with. Ōta is generally the higher profile of the two, and frequently dominates shows that they host with his long-winded speeches.
|Native name||Bakushō Mondai (爆笑問題)|
(formed in Tokyo)
|Employer||Titan Co., Ltd|
- "King of After School" (放課後の王様 Hōkago no Ōsama) - SoundLink Magazine (3 days per week between August 1995 - March 1996)
- "Bakushō Mondai Silicon Neighborhood Association" (爆笑問題のシリコン町内会 Bakushō Mondai no Shirikon Chounaikai) - SoundLink Magazine (April 1996 - March 1997)
- StarPirates Assault: Bakushō Mondai Edition (爆笑問題の突撃スターパイレーツ Bakushō Mondai no Totsugeki Sutapairetsu) - SoundLink Game (June 1997 - November 1997)
In 2006, Bakushō Mondai won an "Art Encouragement" award from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology recognizing them as facets of modern Japanese culture. They have also won various other awards in the past, including the Golden Arrow award for entertainment in 1997.