Nobuyuki Hanawa (43) and Nobuyuki Tsuchiya (42) of the comedy combination “Knights” appeared on the Kanrete “Okabero” (2.28 after Saturday) on the 10th, and talked about the reason why they decided to join the Mansai Association. .. It has been 20 years since the combination was formed. The stable manzai, which can be said to be craftsmanship, has a good reputation and is also called “the star of Asakusa”. The two are officers of the Mansai Association, Hanawa is the vice chairman, and Tsuchiya is the permanent director. When asked by Ninety-nine Takashi Okamura (51) at the MC, “What is the Manzai Association in the first place?”, Hanawa said, “Rather than trying to make money with a non-profit organization, I will leave the culture of Manzai itself. It’s like a fellowship. ” Initially, the two were unaware of the existence of the Mansai Association, but in 2002 they were solicited by the president of their office. Looking back on those days, “I was talking that I didn’t like it (two people). When I told the manager in charge that I was invited by the president, I couldn’t appear on TV when I joined the Mansai Association.” “Everyone refused.” I was told. ” Both Bakarhythm (45) and Asako Ito (51) of the same office were invited to join the Mansai Association when they were forming a combination, but if you decline once, you should be convinced that you will focus on TV activities. He said he received advice from the manager. “When I told the president,’I’m aiming for TV rather than the Mansai Association,’ he said,’No! You guys will definitely get in. I can see … I’ll definitely sell in Asakusa.’ I was told that if I didn’t join the Mansai Association, I would get rid of Maseki Geinosha (of my office). ” Tsuchiya also said, “If you think about it now, it’s a big power harassment. It’s a ridiculous power harassment. You are forced to enter.” At that time, in order to join the Mansai Association, it was a prerequisite to become a disciple of someone, and it was said that he was forced to choose between Master Keiko Utsumi and Master Yuhei Ozora / Kahori of the couple Mansai. “I don’t like both of them when I say that, but somehow Master Keiko is old and I think it’s good, so I went to Master Keiko,” he confessed.