Would you be willing to be locked away in a one-bedroom apartment for an undisclosed amount of time? Could you sustain yourself through the meager winnings of magazine contests? What if we told you the whole thing was being taped? Chances are, you'd probably run away screaming.
Nasubi, a 23-year-old stand-up comedian in Japan, plunged head-first into an opportunity just like that when he auditioned for a "show-business-related job" with a Japanese reality TV program. The whole experience reads like Japanese weirdsies–meets-'Big Brother'-meets-'The Truman Show.'
After what must have been the strangest audition in the history of television, Nasubi was given the rules: Live alone in a secret location for as long as it takes to win your freedom. Your only means of doing so? Enter magazine sweepstakes contests to win food, clothing, grooming supplies ... everything, to the equivalent of one million yen ($10,000). After that, Nasubi was promised an invite on Nippon Television's 'Susunu! Denpa Shōnen' where the footage from his experience would be aired to the world and hopefully facilitate the struggling comic's career.