Friday, May 16, 2008

 

Goo Goo Girl



Former OL turned hot Japanese comedienne Edo Harumi shows off her skills in this re-imagining of My Sharona.

Edo Harumi's trademark gesture is to stick out her thumb and to say "goo" (good). She finds English words ending (endingoo) in "ing" and turns the final "g" into a "goo." Part of her shtick seems to be making fun of the English that has crept into the Japanese language, even as she takes on the persona of a teacher providing "lessons" and intones old-fashioned, stagey vocal inflections. Even if you don't understand Japanese, you'll get the gist of her routine, and certainly her facial expressions are as extreme and funny as any old ukiyoe print of some comic actor.



Edo Harumi shows up about 20 seconds into this video, with lessons on how a girl can appeal to men (how to be a girl a guy will keep wanting to sit next to while drivingoo). In sum, this should give you some sense as to why Edo Harumi is currently one of Japan's hottest entertainers.

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