Monday, April 14, 2008

Papapapa Puffy!

If only this show were still on!

You've seen clips of it. You've read about its origins. But you've probably never seen a full episode. This show pre-dates ubiquitous broadband, it pre-dates Bittorrent, it pre-dates digital broadcasting (in Japan). It's never been released on DVD or home video of any kind, that I know of. Some of the later episodes were sort of on the edge of all that new technology, so earlier episode clips are even rarer than the later ones. But almost all of the clips you see are copies people made for themselves on their analog VCR's and then captured to their PC's. And there just aren't really all that many out there, considering how long the show ran (1997-2002).

Well, here you go - a full 28 minutes of Puffy being Puffy (complete with commercials). They really are hilarious hosts. This episode dates to probably mid-1998, in the show's heyday - how do I know? Watch the ads!

If you're wondering what's going on in the episode, well, most of it's pretty self-explanatory - but all the dress-up and photography (which is the best part of the episode) is for their then-upcoming calendar. Anyone have the calendar that they ended up making here?

Anyway, without further ado:

I'm not counting on this staying up forever. I wrestled with whether or not to post it at all. But it's a ten year old episode of a variety TV show that's otherwise lost to the ether. Is it really better if nobody ever sees this again?

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