★Kanji with hiragana
Every end of year, there are a lot of specials on TV. I'd like to introduce to you one of these annual specials called M-1 Grand Prix.
The M in M-1 stands for Manzai ( a popular comedy duo or group performance style ) and this programme is a competition to decide best Manzai duo or group.
As long as the comedians' dialogue includes the elements of Manzai, the artists can also include dance and songs in their acts.
Any Manzai duo either professional or amateur that has been together less than 10 years can join the competition.Of course there is no question of nationality. The competition started in 2001 and so is a competition with a short history, but winning it is seen as the great honor for any combi or group. They say that once you win the stairway to stardom awaits you.
I always look forward to seeing which Manzai acts will appear.
Do you have any TV specials like this one during the New Year's holiday in your country ?
Do they have comedy competitions like this one as well ?
Comedy is universal all around the world, is n't it ?
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