November 14, 2007 10:29 PM   Subscribe

Meet Rob Pongi (sometimes known as Evil Pongi) an american, doing something different in Japan. Sometimes he's chillin with some sexy and beautiful Japanese women enjoy a very exciting Tokyo dance party! Other times he translates North Korean soap operas into english for our edification. He just finished his first Hollywood movie, and he's very proud of it. Join his fan club here. You can watch all of his videos here.
posted by bigmusic (21 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
no mention of this fact?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:35 PM on November 14, 2007

That guy looks a heck of a lot like flapjax at midnight. Have they ever been seen together in the same room?
posted by LeLiLo at 10:41 PM on November 14, 2007


posted by dhammond at 10:41 PM on November 14, 2007

Sorry, @ midnite. But I know he speaks excellent Japanese as well.
posted by LeLiLo at 10:42 PM on November 14, 2007

I will always thank him for introducing me to the talented little North Korean beauty in the clip on this page. He used to have a lot of fascinating North Korean clips posted - they are probably still tucked away somewhere in his labyrinth of sites.
posted by madamjujujive at 10:48 PM on November 14, 2007

I've watched his show quite a few times. Cracks me up.
posted by miss lynnster at 10:58 PM on November 14, 2007 [1 favorite]

Sorry, @ midnite. But I know he speaks excellent Japanese as well.

Hey, no sweat, lelilo! But I only wish my Japanese could be described as excellent...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:54 AM on November 15, 2007

For mjjj, because she deserves everything her heart desires. (It's DPRK TV news and drama clip, if you don't read the squigglier languages)
posted by Abiezer at 1:16 AM on November 15, 2007

Do you think that the silly hat, the big glasses and the outlandish outfits are so that the hot asian chicks can't see that underneath he's an overweight, none too attractive, aging barbarian?

He reminds me a bit of that guy who used to be on US cable tv, who would talk girls into showing their tits off for camera, back in the days when a video cam was pretty rare. What the hell was his name? Ugly George?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:23 AM on November 15, 2007

I've met both in the flesh and can confirm that Rob and flapjax look nothing alike.

They both just happen to be white and male tis all.
posted by gomichild at 1:35 AM on November 15, 2007

The DPRK seems to have some pretty advanced android technology.
posted by public at 3:11 AM on November 15, 2007

PeterMcDermott: Not really, as those things aren't really much of a liability for foreign guys in that sort of environment here.
posted by nightchrome at 5:25 AM on November 15, 2007

I'm happy to see that Rob has taken it upon himself to improve the American image abroad.
posted by b1tr0t at 5:41 AM on November 15, 2007 [2 favorites]

Isn't this what all White dudes get up to in Japan?
posted by chunking express at 6:32 AM on November 15, 2007

They both just happen to be white and male tis all.
posted by gomichild at 1:35 AM on November 15

*cough* they all look alike to me...
posted by infini at 7:58 AM on November 15, 2007

Cheers to Rob for introducing me to this:
posted by humboldt32 at 7:59 AM on November 15, 2007 [1 favorite]

I don't get it.
posted by Democritus at 10:34 AM on November 15, 2007

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! OH MY DEAR BUDDHA! WOW! Thank you all very much! I really appreciate it and can't stop laughing at all of your very funny and witty comments. Too much fun! And, yes, I just recently joined Mefi here and have made a few replies and (hopefully) have helped some folks out in some way or another. Indeed, I am very happpy and quite honored to be a part of this very intelligent and very well-known online community. Thank you all very much for your support and I will do my best to help out others as much as I can. My main subjects of interest are internet video, video technology, video editing, 3D animation, photography, Japan, Japanese TV, the Japanese language, Korea, Kim Il-Sung, Kim Jong-il, and much more from other countries in Asia.

And, actually, I am, in fact, one of the very first video bloggers on the web starting back in the summer of 2000 on and the now-defunct My old friend in California, who plays the infamous "Evil Pongi" character, introduced me to video production and editing back in those days. And then in December 2000, another American friend of mine here in Tokyo and I launched the almighty TokyoDV and you can see an old archived page from our early days here: March 2001

and as you can see back then we had four (4) entire videos on the front page! WOW! Four videos! Where we there yet? Well, obviously, times have changed quite a bit since then and so very much has happened so fast that I myself am often just totally blown away by it all.

And to help make some sense of the happy madness, we have an online FAQ here:

Online FAQ

And I know that there are some folks out there who understand and like it all and others who don't and, often, because of that, some of them HATE ME! Yes, its true and it so very funny to read some of the old "I HATE ROB PONGI!" forum posts et al. Too much fun!

And one of my biggest influences in my ongoing production is the legendary Andy Kaufman who once said: " I am not a comic, I have never told a joke....The comedian's promise is that he will go out there and make you laugh with him....My only promise is that I will try to entertain you as best I can."

And in my case, I'm not really a clown or comedian or artist, I'm more like an art object, and believe me, I have heard ALL of the objections!

Thank you all again and stay tuned for more!
posted by robpongi at 12:37 PM on November 15, 2007

I have a funny feeling about this.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:36 PM on November 15, 2007 [1 favorite]

You really shouldn't post right after your new sockpuppet, stavros.
posted by b1tr0t at 7:03 PM on November 15, 2007

Curses! Foiled again!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:04 PM on November 15, 2007

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