Post Reply Hamada and Matsumoto - private relationship
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Posted 1/3/09 , edited 1/3/09
This is something I just found...

Although they appear to be best friends on their shows, Hamada and Matsumoto admit they are not as close as one may think. On their many hosted shows and interviews, the two have made the following revelations:

* They do not know each other's cell phone numbers, as they see no need to phone one another. Matsumoto has phoned Hamada's cell phone just once: when Hamada fractured his right leg (after kicking a locker out of rage) and was taken to a hospital. He had to ask a staff member for his number.
* They do not travel together, even going as far as arranging for one to travel by plane and another by train to avoid meeting by chance.
* They find it extremely awkward and uncomfortable being left alone together in a room.
* After Hamada's marriage, Matsumoto has never been to his residence.
* Matsumoto has only seen Hamada's son once, when he was still an infant.
* By pure coincidence, they once vacationed in Guam at the same time. When Matsumoto saw Hamada, he avoided him. When later asked by Hamada why he didn't say anything, he replied it would've been "too awkward."
* Matsumoto has said that even if they quit Downtown, they likely would not be able to return to being friends.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downtown_(Owarai) (by the way, this article is quite interesting)
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Posted 1/3/09
thats interesting...
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Posted 1/3/09
They are like twins....opposing twins. Like in one of the Gorenjai episode (where they try to dress up as all different color rangers) Hamada and Matsumoto kept on dressing the same color. They even try to say a word and they said the same word! It musta been really awkward. I remember once scanning through Gaki no Tsukai previews and I saw this one where Matsumoto was kissing Hamada (for the sake of comedy). But there isn't really tension between them. I mean they practically are peas in a pod. Gaki no Tsukai makes their life so close together. I mean spending 24 hours with them through torture? It gets kinda normal to see them every bloody day.
Posted 1/13/09
They need a break from each other. They have been working with each other since the early years. Of course, it gets tiring to look the same face every single time that you take it for granted.
Anyway, they even hosting together "Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ." It's a tv show that rivals the show "Utaban," which is also a music show from a different tv station. Utaban is hosted by Nakai Masahiro, leader of SMAP, and Ishbashi Takaaki.

Comedians go against each other based on what tv station they are in.
That's what I noticed so far.

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Posted 1/13/09
but DownTown still is #1 Fav. btw, about mat-chan, i think most of us here already knew that he got few serious relationship but he still doesnt want to get married.
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Posted 1/14/09 , edited 1/14/09
Okay, how about the other relationship in Gaki No Tsukai?
I heard that Hamada and Endo are friends. That's really interesting... Hamada - Super Sadist and calm, discreet Endo? Is it really possible? Okay, I'm just kidding :)
In my opinion Endo is really close with Yamasaki. Or vice versa. You can see it very clearly in "Police Station". Or am I wrong?
Tanaka... he's so quiet and calm... sometimes it looks like he doesn't belong to this group. But he has to be close with Endo. They're Cocorico, so they have to have something in common. But I just don't see it...
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keliari wrote:

Okay, how about the other relationship in Gaki No Tsukai?
I heard that Hamada and Endo are friends. That's really interesting... Hamada - Super Sadist and calm, discreet Endo? Is it really possible? Okay, I'm just kidding :)
In my opinion Endo is really close with Yamasaki. Or vice versa. You can see it very clearly in "Police Station". Or am I wrong?
Tanaka... he's so quiet and calm... sometimes it looks like he doesn't belong to this group. But he has to be close with Endo. They're Cocorico, so they have to have something in common. But I just don't see it...


I don't know if you know yet, but Tanaka usually acts as the leader in cocorico. I'm not sure if you watched as many episodes as me, but here is my view. Tanaka is an a**kisser towards Hamada in Gaki no Tsukai. Even though Ilike Tanaka, he's usually treating Hamada with loads of respect....that is till....something happens. Like in 24-hour tag batsu game (the little sasauge), also in Hospital batsu game (cocorico protected yamasaki when he took the button to "out" Hamada), and etc.

Though 'bout Hamada and Matsumoto. I remember seeing an old photo of them from TV when they were doing a comedy routine....at the age of 18. Now they're almost......50? so 50 - 18 =....32. They're been together for 32 years. I dont' even wanna imagine seeing my brother everysingle day for over 6 hours a day for 32 years!

As for the Hamada and Endo thing....that is a really awkward pair. But I think that the thing that they have in common is that they are both "charmers". Endo is cute and a lady killer, but Hamada has his sadist/rough characteristics. Well...in the Do Not Laugh At The Newspaper Company, the haunted company did prove a relationship between Endo and Yamasaki, since they worked pretty well together. Though I like to say cocorico as a whole is friendly with Yamasaki.
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Posted 1/14/09
yeah, tanaka did oout standing than endo when they do their stand-up performance. yamasaki is more like something in between DownTown & Cocolico. i remember yamasaki was in gaki no tsukai matsumoto 1st batsu game. but that was during his training years b4 he became a regular n cocolico enter yoshimoto. so he's like a bridge for senpai-kouhai relation between downtown n cocolico
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Posted 1/15/09
its sweet to know that endo n hamada r friends, but about cocorico even tho i know tanaka is the leader i really don't see it. he is too sweet, no big personnality traits beside that he gets scared easily and he cries a lot too. Ok i give it to u the sausage part was pretty bad but yamasaki did the same, it was mostly every1 against poor hamada ( i really felt bad for him on this one). So maybe on stand up comedy routine but not on gaki.
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Posted 1/16/09 , edited 1/17/09
really interesting, quite strange but understandable about Hamada and matsumoto, working together since 30 years you need a break of course !!!

But its a real full team, everyone play his role with perfection, i love them even it should be hard to support hamada in all he does !!!
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Posted 5/21/09
Not about Hamada and Matsumoto but its a link to a article telling matsumoto got married !!

http://www.japantoday.com/category/entertainment/view/downtowns-matsumoto-announces-shotgun-marriage-to-ex-weathergirl
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Posted 5/22/09
wow and he actually said it was embarrassing? thats harsh lol
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Posted 5/23/09
that's something to look foward.
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Posted 9/6/09
you left this VERY IMPORTANT part out

Wiki
"This does not mean, however, they do not get along outside of work. Though they do not consider each other to be friends, their deep business relationship and respect for each other is evident. Hamada has said if they ever parted ways, he would "never do comedy again,"[12] as there is no one else he would like to make his partner (Matsumoto has expressed similar views).[13] He has also said he saves his best tsukkomi material for Matsumoto.[14] Tanaka of Cocorico reports seeing Matsumoto become visibly concerned whenever Hamada is sick and unable to come to work."
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