Kato-chan Ken-chan Gokigen TV
|Kato-chan Ken-chan Gokigen TV|
|Theme music composer||Tsugutoshi Kato|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|Original release||January 11, 1986– March 28, 1992|
Kato-chan Ken-chan Gokigen TV (加トちゃんケンちゃんごきげんテレビ Kato-chan Ken-chan Gokigen Terebi) is a popular Japanese television variety show aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System around the mid-1980s. Starring Ken Shimura and Cha Kato, former members of the group The Drifters from Hachiji Dayo! Zen'in Shugo, the irreverent and satirical program would poke fun at contemporary society in Japan, and would feature comedy vignettes similar to those found on The Benny Hill Show or The Carol Burnett Show. Leslie Nielsen once made a special appearance on the show as well.
It was notable for having a segment featuring funny home videos sent in by viewers, as the home camcorder became more popular in Japan, which Ken and Kato would comment on. In 1989, American producer Vin Di Bona initiated a partnership with Tokyo Broadcasting System to develop a similar program in the west, which ultimately led to the successful America's Funniest Home Videos (which is still on the air as of 2017) and other similar shows worldwide. Some videos seen in the first season of America's Funniest Home Videos originally aired on Fun TV with Kato-chan and Ken-chan, and the latter remains credited within all episodes of AFHV as the original inspiration for the former. ABC, which owns half of America's Funniest Home Videos, pays a royalty fee to the Tokyo Broadcasting System for the use of the format (even though Kato-chan and Ken-chan left the air in 1992).
The duo also had a PC Engine video game called "Kato-chan and Ken-chan" (translated and censored for a Western TurboGrafx-16 release as J.J. & Jeff due to copyright and the toilet humor) based on their antics, filled with toilet humor, and featuring them as the game's playable characters.