31 May 1974 |
Aki District, Hiroshima, Japan
Born in Aki District, Hiroshima, Japan, Ariyoshi formed the owarai duo Saruganseki with Kazunari Moriwaki in 1994. The pair became famous through the variety television show Susume! Denpa Shōnen when they were made to hitchhike across Asia, a task that was covered on the show for six months. They were so popular when they returned that when they published a book about their travels, it became a best-seller. When they released a single, Shiroi kumo no yō ni, it reached number three on the Oricon charts, with the album reaching number two. They even received a new artist award at the Japan Record Awards in 1997. While for a time they were earning 20 million yen a month (about $170,000 in 1997 US dollars), their fame did not last long, and the duo broke up in 2004.
After his career went into decline, Ariyoshi's income reportedly fell to virtually nothing. However, he gradually began reappearing on television, now as a solo comedian noted for his poison tongue. His career really began to revive around 2006 when, on shows like Ametalk (hosted by Ameagari Kesshitai), he became known for giving mischievous nicknames to famous personalities. In 2009, public opinion research conducted by Oricon found that those polled considered him to be the number one "comeback" personality of the year. By 2011, he was ranked as the top television tarento in terms of number of appearances. He now hosts several television shows, including Ariyoshi AKB Kyōwakoku with AKB48 and Matsuko & Ariyoshi no Ikari Shintō with Matsuko Deluxe, and is a regular guest on variety shows like London Hearts.
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