Hitoshi Matsumoto

Matsumoto Hitoshi

  • Name: Matsumoto Hitoshi
  • Native name: 松本人志
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: September 8, 1963
  • Age: 60
Matsumoto Hitoshi is a Japanese comedian best known as the boke half the popular owarai duo Downtown alongside Masatoshi Hamada. He was born and raised in Amagasaki, just outside of Osaka city and prefecture, and technically in Hyōgo Prefecture, though he usually refers to himself as an Osakan.


He directed, produced, and starred in the 2007 movie Big Man Japan, which was shown at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival in the Directors' Fortnight section.


Matsumoto was born in Amagasaki, Hyōgo, to a poor family. He has one older sister and one older brother, Takahiro Matsumoto (松本 隆博), an established folk guitarist who released an autobiographical book titled "Matsumoto's Older Brother" (松本の兄 Matsumoto no Ani). He has expressed his feelings about growing up in a poor household in a poem titled Chicken Rice (チキンライス Chikin Raisu) which Hamada turned into a song in 2004. In his poem, he wrote how laughter was the only way to get through those times. He credits his poverty for giving him a good imagination and sense of play, as it forced him to invent his own games to entertain himself.
His favorite manga as a child was Tensai Bakabon by Fujio Akatsuka. He aspired to become a manga artist. He is a skilled artist (unlike Masatoshi Hamada).
He attended Ushio Elementary School, where he met Masatoshi Hamada. He graduated from Amagasaki Technical High School in 1982. Although he secured a job at a printing office, to pursue his dream of becoming a comedian, he was invited by Hamada in 1982 to enter Yoshimoto Kōgyō. Together, they became Downtown and made their major debut in 1983. Edit Biography
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
2013 R100
Movie
6.6
2011 Saya Zamurai
Movie
7.5
2009 Symbol
Movie
6.9
2007 Big Man Japan
Movie
7.3
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2010 Kinoshita Bucho to Boku
Japanese Drama, 2010, 12 eps
Nanimo (Support Role)
12
Nanimo
Support Role
0.0
2006 Nodame Cantabile
Japanese Drama, 2006, 11 eps
[Himself] (Ep. 5) (Guest Role)
11
[Himself] (Ep. 5)
Guest Role
8.2
2001 Ashita ga Arusa
Japanese Drama, 2001, 11 eps
[Mysterious Man] (Support Role)
11
[Mysterious Man]
Support Role
7.7
2000 Densetsu no Kyoshi
Japanese Drama, 2000, 11 eps
Nanba Jiro (Main Role)
11
Main Role
7.6
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2013 R100
Japanese Movie, 2013,
[Policeman] (Guest Role)
[Policeman]
Guest Role
6.6
2009 Symbol
Japanese Movie, 2009,
(Main Role)
Main Role
6.9
2007 Big Man Japan
Japanese Movie, 2007,
Daisato Masaru (Main Role)
Main Role
7.3
TV Show
Year Title # Role Rating
2023 Documental Season 12
Japanese TV Show, 2023, 4 eps
(Main Host)
4
Main Host
0.0
2022 Documental Season 11
Japanese TV Show, 2022, 4 eps
(Main Host)
4
Main Host
6.4
2021 Documental Season 10
Japanese TV Show, 2021, 5 eps
(Main Host)
5
Main Host
7.5
2021 Joshimental Season 2
Japanese TV Show, 2021, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
7.3
2021 Ikemental
Japanese TV Show, 2021, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
7.9
2021 Hitoshi Matsumoto no Sake no Tsumami ni naru Hanashi
Japanese TV Show, 2021, 47 eps
(Main Host)
47
Main Host
0.0
2021 Documental Season 9
Japanese TV Show, 2021, 5 eps
(Main Host)
5
Main Host
7.0
2020 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Go To Las Vegas - Hotels and Casino
Japanese TV Show, 2020, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.1
2020 Documentary of Documental Season 2
Japanese TV Show, 2020, 4 eps
(Main Host)
4
Main Host
6.7
2020 Documental Season 8
Japanese TV Show, 2020, 5 eps
(Main Host)
5
Main Host
7.2
2019 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Youth High School
Japanese TV Show, 2019, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.2
2019 Documental Season 7
Japanese TV Show, 2019, 5 eps
(Main Host)
5
Main Host
7.9
2018 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Treasure Hunters
Japanese TV Show, 2018, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.0
2018 Documental Season 6
Japanese TV Show, 2018, 4 eps
(Main Host)
4
Main Host
7.9
2018 Freeze
Japanese TV Show, 2018, 5 eps
Self (Main Host)
5
Self
Main Host
7.8
2018 Documental Season 5
Japanese TV Show, 2018, 5 eps
(Main Host)
5
Main Host
7.9
2017 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: American Police
Japanese TV Show, 2017, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.1
2017 Documental Season 4
Japanese TV Show, 2017, 5 eps
(Main Host)
5
Main Host
7.6
2017 Documental Season 3
Japanese TV Show, 2017, 5 eps
(Main Host)
5
Main Host
7.8
2017 Documental Season 2
Japanese TV Show, 2017, 5 eps
(Main Host)
5
Main Host
7.9
2016 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Science Lab
Japanese TV Show, 2016, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.3
2016 Documental
Japanese TV Show, 2016, 4 eps
(Main Host)
4
Main Host
7.4
2015 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Detective Agency
Japanese TV Show, 2015, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
7.9
2015 Downtown Now
Japanese TV Show, 2015, 233 eps
(Main Host)
233
Main Host
7.0
2014 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Prison
Japanese TV Show, 2014, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.2
2014 Wednesday's Downtown
Japanese TV Show, 2014, 0 eps
(Main Host)
0
Main Host
0.0
2013 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Defense Force
Japanese TV Show, 2013, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.2
2012 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Enthusiastic Teachers
Japanese TV Show, 2012, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.3
2012 No Laughing Enthusiastic Teachers
Japanese TV Show, 2012, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.6
2011 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Airport
Japanese TV Show, 2011, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.2
2011 No Laughing Airport
Japanese TV Show, 2011, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.6
2010 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Spy Agency
Japanese TV Show, 2010, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.2
2009 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Hotel Employee
Japanese TV Show, 2009, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.1
2009 No Laughing Hotel Employee
Japanese TV Show, 2009, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.6
2009 IPPON Grand Prix
Japanese TV Show, 2009, 22 eps
(Main Host)
22
Main Host
0.0
2009 A-Studio+
Japanese TV Show, 2009, 810 eps
(Ep. 23) (Guest)
810
(Ep. 23)
Guest
10.0
2008 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Newspaper Agency
Japanese TV Show, 2008, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.2
2007 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Hospital
Japanese TV Show, 2007, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.2
2006 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Police Station
Japanese TV Show, 2006, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.2
2005 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: High School
Japanese TV Show, 2005, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.3
2004 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Yugawara Inn
Japanese TV Show, 2004, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.0
2004 Hitoshi Matsumoto’s Suberanai Hanashi
Japanese TV Show, 2004, 37 eps
(Main Host)
37
Main Host
0.0
2003 Gaki no Tsukai SP: Hama-chan Vladivostok Back Hand
Japanese TV Show, 2003, 1 eps
(Regular Member)
1
Regular Member
8.9
2003 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Hot Spring Inn
Japanese TV Show, 2003, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.1
2002 Gaki no Tsukai SP: No Reaction Pie Hell
Japanese TV Show, 2002, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.5
2001 Gaki no Tsukai SP: Haunted Hotel
Japanese TV Show, 2001, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
8.2
2000 MatsuShin
Japanese TV Show, 2000, 0 eps
(Main Host)
0
Main Host
0.0
2000 Gaki no Tsukai SP: 24-Hour Tag
Japanese TV Show, 2000, 1 eps
(Regular Member)
1
Regular Member
8.0
1994 Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ
Japanese TV Show, 1994, 745 eps
(Main Host)
745
Main Host
8.5
1993 Downtown DX
Japanese TV Show, 1993, 50 eps
(Main Host)
50
Main Host
0.0
1991 Downtown no Gottsu Ee Kanji
Japanese TV Show, 1991, 245 eps
(Main Host)
245
Main Host
10.0
1989 Gaki no Tsukai
Japanese TV Show, 1989, 1539 eps
(Main Host)
1539
Main Host
8.5
1988 Knight Scoop
Japanese TV Show, 1988, 1755 eps
(Main Host)
1755
Main Host
0.0
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  • First Name: Hitoshi
  • Family Name: Matsumoto
  • Native name: 松本人志
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: September 8, 1963
  • Age: 60

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