Nasubi biography


Comedian, Film actor

1975 –


Who is Nasubi?

Tomoaki Hamatsu, better known as Nasubi, is a Japanese comedian who was locked up in an apartment for "Susunu! Denpa Shōnen", a Japanese reality television show on Nippon Television after winning a lottery for a "show business related job". He was forced to enter mail-in sweepstakes until he won ¥1 million. During this time, he was made to wear no clothes, was cut off from outside communication and broadcasting, and had nothing to keep him company except magazines.

Nasubi lived in front of the camera, with only the possessions he won via the sweepstakes, and the stacks of postcards for entering the sweepstakes. Due to his nudity, an eggplant cartoon graphic was strategically utilized when Nasubi was standing on camera. Nasubi is the Japanese word for eggplant - the nickname was chosen due to his 30 cm long and bony face which slants like an eggplant.

Upon reaching his goal, he was clothed and blindfolded and taken to a surprise location. Nasubi happily went along believing he was going to get a special treat for his hard work. After they unblindfolded him, he found himself in South Korea where he was shown around town and taken to an apartment.


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Aug 3, 1975
Also known as
  • Hamatsu Tomoaki
  • Japan

on July 23, 2013

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