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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.

Bakushō Mondai
Native nameBakushō Mondai (爆笑問題)
Years active1988–
(formed in Tokyo)
EmployerTitan Co., Ltd

Same year/generation as:
Hosei Tsukitei

From August 1995 through November 1997, Bakushō Mondai was involved with the broadcasting of a number of SoundLink Magazines and Games to owners of the Nintendo Satellaview system:

  • "King of After School" (放課後の王様, Hōkago no Ōsama) - SoundLink Magazine (3 days per week between August 1995 - March 1996)[1][2]
  • "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)[3]
  • 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)[3]

The duo currently host many variety and quiz shows, as well as commenting on the occasional radio broadcast.


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.


  1. ^ スーパーファミコンアワー番組表8/1~8/31 ~スーパーファミコンアワー番組ガイド~. サテラビュー通信 (in Japanese). 2: 33–66. September 1995.
  2. ^ スーパーファミコンアワー音声連動番組ガイド3/1→3/30. サテラビュー通信 (in Japanese). 10: 40–73. April 1996.
  3. ^ a b Kameb. スーパーファミコンアワー番組表 Archived 2012-04-01 at the Wayback Machine. The Satellaview History Museum. 12 February 2008.

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