Japanese comedian surprises on Britain's Got Talent

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Date: 2023/04/30

Difficulty: Intermediate B1

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Vocabulary Match

illusion -   - fake
ovation -   - moved forward
removing -   - applause
minimally -   - participant
contestant -   - taking off
advanced -   - barely

Article

A Japanese comedian, Tonikaku Akarui Yasumura, surprised everyone on Britain's Got Talent with his unusual audition. Wearing a bathrobe, he walked onto the stage and talked about his love for tea and his dream to perform for the Royal Family. As he started to remove his robe, the judges seemed worried. However, he assured them that he was wearing underpants, but could still pose naked.

Tonikaku performed several "naked poses" by cleverly covering his underwear with his leg, creating the illusion of being naked on stage. The judges and audience enjoyed his act, and he received a standing ovation.

He showed off various poses like a horse racing pose, a James Bond pose, and a Spice Girls position, always reminding the audience that he was minimally clothed. The judges praised his performance, with Alesha Dixon calling him her favorite contestant, and Simon Cowell naming him the funniest contestant of the year.

After getting four yeses from the judges, Tonikaku advanced to the next round of the competition.

Quiz

  1. What did Tonikaku talk about during his audition?
  2. How did he create the illusion of being naked on stage?

Conversation

A: Did you see that audition on Britain's Got Talent last night?
B: Oh yeah, the one with the comedian who posed naked?
A: Yeah, that's the one. I couldn't stop laughing.
B: Me neither. I loved how he fooled the judges with his underwear.
A: And the Spice Girls pose was hilarious.
B: Definitely. I hope he makes it to the finals.

Discussion

  1. Have you ever auditioned for a show? What did you do?
  2. What kind of unusual talents do you have?
  3. Have you ever performed in front of a large audience? How did it feel?

Vocabulary Answers

illusion → fake
ovation → applause
removing → taking off
minimally → barely
contestant → participant
advanced → moved forward

Quiz Answers (examples)

  1. He talked about his love for tea and his dream to perform for the Royal Family during his audition.
  2. He created the illusion of being naked on stage by cleverly covering his underwear with his leg.

Source Material

https://metro.co.uk/2023/04/22/britains-got-talent-comedian-shocks-after-seemingly-getting-starkers-18657891/


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