As some of you may know, New Zealand has just gone into another lockdown as of today.
As I was searching for something to do during this time of isolation, I remembered about the Old-Time Radio (OTR) that my friend and author, Kristine Ohkubo, had introduced me to a while ago.
One of her recommendations was The Great Gildersleeve, a radio sitcom that was originally broadcast from 1941 to 1958.
The entire series is available for free on Spotify, and I am currently listening to one of the episodes as I write this.
It is amazing how this series reminds me of rakugo so much.
Its humour is derived from the dialogues and situations as opposed to stand-up comedy that is often a compilation of random jokes.
Rather stereotypical and caricature-like, wholesome characters.
The same nostalgic place where your dreamy self can belong and go back to.
I can relate to the OTR almost exactly in the same way as I connect with rakugo.
By the way, Ohkubo is an Old-Time Radio enthusiast who turned a rakugo enthusiast herself.
She even went so far as publishing a book about rakugo and becoming a fellow member of the English Rakugo Association.
As I listen to Gildersleeve giggle, I can now clearly see why she became so passionate about rakugo.
Are you an OTR enthusiast? Please give me more recommendations in the comment section below!