Duty Free Live!
Japanese and British Game Shows Brought To Localized and Unauthorized Life In “Duty Free Live!” at Caveat Theater, October 21st, 2022
LOWER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK CITY – “Duty Free Live! Unauthorized Imported Game Shows!” is a comedy show bringing international game show formats to (unauthorized) life by New York’s best improv comedians. Led by The Game Show and Segments Research Club, the first show will be an unauthorized, localized production of segments from two smash-hit international game shows, “Would I Lie To You?” and “Gaki no Tsukai Ya Arahende!”, from Britain and Japan respectively.
What is “Would I Lie To You?” or, WILTY? WILTY is a British panel game show, in which two teams of comedians try to guess whether the other team is lying or not about a story shared by one of their team members. The performers read a prompt off a card (e.g. “I use a microwave as my bedside table”), and whether it's a true fact about their life or a complete fabrication ( which they are reading for the first time), they must convince the other team otherwise to win a point. The opposing team tries to determine if the prompt is truth or lie for a point. The original British show brings to the forefront the wit and charm of the comedians as they struggle to keep their stories straight, and special care has been taken to preserve the soul of the show while it is performed in an American context.
What is “Gaki no Tsukai Ya Arahende!”? Gaki is a Japanese variety show that has been helmed by the legendary comedic duo Downtown for over 30 years. With over 1500 episodes and counting, Gaki was where the original concept for Silent Library and the legendary No-Laughing series originated. In October we present, “Good Person Contest”, a quiz game show segment of Gaki where contestants are not judged for their correct answers, but whether their answers are what a “Good Person” would say. Localization producers and cultural consultants have distilled what makes the original concept appealing to a global audience, and the comedians will play a localized format made for the NYC live stage.
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