Japanese game shows are the closest thing we have to live-action cartoons. Contestants are like the paper snakes inside those joke-store nut cans: Coiled and focused before detonating into a kaleidoscopic pinwheel of pandemonium.

Just look at the above show, Slippery Stairs, which is, well, exactly what it sounds like. Players doused in oil try to climb up a set of stairs coated in a similarly slick substance, only to tumble backwards, wetly smack into their opponents, and spiral their flailing mass of limbs to the floor. The action itself isnā€™t too much unlike something youā€™d have seen on Wild & Crazy Kids, but the game is made all the more crazy by everything surrounding it.


Thereā€™s the music and sound effects, for one: a cacophony of silly classical and cartoony boinks and splats that sound every time bodies crash together. Thereā€™s also the crowd, which is filled with young, shockingly beautiful people that couldnā€™t be enjoying this more. And thereā€™s the bold primary colors of their outfits, which canā€™t help but summon memories of our favorite game show, Supermarket Sweep.

Donā€™t reboot it, NBC. Just air it as-is. This must be maintained.

[via Digg]