Rakugo Master’s Long - Running Tv Show Earns Guinness World Record

Rakugo master’s long-running TV show earns Guinness World RecordKatsura Bunshi VI’s TV variety program was certified by Guinness World Records as the longest running television talk show with the same host.
“My 45 years with the show is like a medal to me,” the 71-year-old “rakugo” (comic storytelling) master said on July 2, after receiving the certificate. “I’m really glad I got to be part of it.”

Broadcast on Sundays on channels affiliated with Asahi Broadcasting Corp., “Shinkon-san Irasshai!” (Newlyweds, welcome!) first aired on Jan. 31, 1971. With its broadcast on June 7, Bunshi’s show has been on the air for a record 44 years and 127 days.

“Shinkon-san Irasshai!” invites newlywed couples to the studio to talk about how they met and what their married life is like.

The show’s running gag features Bunshi falling off his chair whenever he is surprised by a story told by the newlyweds.

Bunshi said there were times when his health was in decline, leading to worries that he might hurt himself with his comic pratfalls. But he overcame his fears after his wife told him, “Nobody’s ever died from doing something like that.”

“I want the show to keep on airing even if they change hosts,” the rakugo storyteller said.