I surfed by this show a few times thinking it was just another dumb ‘reality’ show. But after watching it I find it to be one of the funniest shows I’ve seen in a long time!
If you’re familiar with Woody Allen’s great film What’s Up Tiger Lilly? that’s essentially what MXC is. If not, MXC (or Most Extreme Elimination Challenge) takes a popular Japanese gameshow and dubs phoney dialog over top of it. Although that doesn’t sound very funny you just have to watch it.
Most of the dialog is from the two announcers who often go off on weird tangents and make (sometimes cruel) jokes about the contestants. The contestants’ voices are often dubbed with silly cheers & yells matching their performance and appearance.
A quick Google search showed me that the Japanese gameshow is called Takeshi’s Castle and its pretty popular around the world. The best way I can describe it is a cross between The Battle of the Network Stars and H.R. Puffnstuff! And its pretty entertaining itself, although incredibly silly. What I like is that the stunts the people have to do are usually no cakewalk, and they often get hurt. One website said that literally dozens of players have suffered concussions, broken bones etc. A refreshing change from current gameshows, where people sue for mental anguish if they chip a nail on their game buzzer.
Some people who were fans of Takeshi’s Castle find the phoney dialog annoying, but I get the feeling they’re the same ones who would watch MST3K and complain that they can’t enjoy the movie because, “those annoying guys keep talking over it!”