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Famous Comedians from Japan

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List of notable or famous comedians from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top comedians born in Japan and even some popular comedians who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese comedians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These comedians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known comedian from Japan is included when available.

List is made up of a variety of people, including Takeshi Kitano and Naoto Takenaka.

This historic comedians from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese comedians of note?" and "Who are the most famous comedians from Japan?" These prominent comedians of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese comedians.

Use this list of renowned Japanese comedians to discover some new comedians that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (71 items)



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    Akio Yokoyama is an actor.more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Toyama, Japan
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor
    • Credits: About Her Brother, Shikibu monogatari, Gensen-kan Inn, Kah-chan
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    Atsushi Tamura is a famous Japanese comedian from the Hikoshima area of Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. He and his partner, Ryo Tamura, form the Japanese comedic duo known as "London Boots, Mark1 Mark2". Though the two share the same surname, there is no family relation. The pair started ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Shimonoseki, Japan
    • Profession: Comedian, Voice acting, Singer, Presenter
    • Credits: Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time, Eyeshield 21, Shinjuku Boso Kyukyutai
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    Basho Kingentei

    Basho Kingentei is a Rakugo comedian.more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1928-1982)
    • Birthplace: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
    • Profession: Comedian
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    Beat Kiyoshi

    Beat Kiyoshi is a comedian and actor.more

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    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Japan, Mogami
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor
    • Credits: Kikujirō no Natsu, Yoshiwara enjo
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    Cha Katō, also known as Kato-chan, is a male Japanese comedian and actor. His real name is Hideyuki Katō. Cha is one of the members of The Drifters and plays drums. His work with Ken Shimura, another Drifter, is well known in Japan. Many in Japan were shocked when it was announced in 2011 that he is ...more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Setagaya, Japan
    • Profession: Comedian, Musician, Actor
    • Credits: Ghost Story of Two Travelers at Tenamonya, Dorifutazu desu yo! Totte totte torimakure, Nani wa naku tomo zen'in shûgô!!, Shimura Ken no Bakatonosama
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    Chû Arai was a comedian and actor.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1928-2000)
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor
    • Credits: Byôin e ikô
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    Edoya Manekineko

    Edoya Manekineko is a comedian.more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Chūō, Japan
    • Profession: Comedian
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    Edoya Nekohachi IV

    Edoya Nekohachi IV is a comedian.more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Chūō, Japan
    • Profession: Comedian
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    Frankie Sakai was a Japanese comedian, actor, and musician.more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1929-1996)
    • Birthplace: Japan, Kagoshima
    • Profession: Comedian, Musician, Actor
    • Credits: Edo Porn, Mothra, Shōgun, The Last War, Vengeance Is Mine, + more
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    Jôji Tokoro is an actor.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Tokorozawa, Japan
    • Profession: Master of Ceremonies, Comedian, Singer-songwriter, Tarento, Radio personality, + more
    • Credits: Ponyo, Madadayo, Konya wa Eigyouchu, Koi ga Shitai Koi ga Shitai Koi ga Shitai, Pu-Pu-Pu Jump, + more
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    Toshiyuki Teruya, better known as Gori or Gorie or Gorie Matsuura, is a Ryukyuan comedian, variety show host, voice actor, film director, and musician. He is a member of the owarai group Garage Sale. He has also appeared in drag as a schoolgirl character named Gorie and collaborated with Jasmine Ann ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Japan, Naha
    • Profession: Comedian, Musician, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director
    • Credits: Memories of Matsuko, Goemon, Check It Out, Yo!, Ryujin Mabuyer the Movie: Nanatsu no Mabui, + more
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    Hachimitsu Tsukitei

    Hachimitsu Tsukitei is a comedian.more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Fukushima-ku, Osaka, Japan
    • Profession: Comedian
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    Hajime Hana was a Japanese actor. He was the leader of the comic jazz band The Crazy Cats, which featured such talent as Hitoshi Ueki and Kei Tani, and which starred in a series of film comedies and in TV variety shows such as "Shabondama Holiday." He won the award for best actor at the 31st Blue Ribbon ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1930-1993)
    • Birthplace: Toshima, Tokyo, Japan
    • Profession: Actor, Drummer
    • Credits: Alone Across the Pacific, Hunter in the Dark, Final Take, Cleopatra, Where Spring Comes Late, + more
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    Hanae Shoji

    Hanae Shoji is a comedian.more

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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: Akita, Japan
    • Profession: Comedian
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    Happo Tsukitei

    Happo Tsukitei is a rakugo artist and an actor.more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Fukushima-ku, Osaka, Japan
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor
    • Credits: Tora-san's Lullaby, Gokudo no onna-tachi 2
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    Hideo Higashikokubaru, born September 16, 1957 as in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, is a Japanese politician. He originally rose to fame as a comedian under the stage name Sonomanma Higashi, and was known for his role in the popular game show Takeshi's Castle. He served as the Governor of ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Miyakonojo, Japan
    • Profession: Politician, Comedian, Actor
    • Credits: Takeshi's Castle, Getting Any?, Darenimo Ienai
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    Hikari Kimura

    Hikari Kimura is the daughter of Yasushi Yokoyama and is also a comedian.more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Settsu, Japan
    • Profession: Comedian
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    Hiroyuki Miyasako is a Japanese actor and comedian, and plays the boke in Ameagari Kesshitai. He won the award for Best Supporting Actor at the 28th Hochi Film Awards for Thirteen Steps and Wild Berries.more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Japan, Ibaraki
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor
    • Credits: Big Man Japan, The Great Yokai War, Casshern, Kamikaze Girls, The Perfect World of Kai, + more
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    Hisaya Morishige was a Japanese actor and comedian. Born in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, he graduated from Kitano Middle School, and attended Waseda University. He began his career as a stage actor, then became an announcer for NHK, working in Manchuria. He became famous in films first for comedy roles, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 96 (1913-2009)
    • Birthplace: Hirakata, Japan
    • Profession: Announcer, Comedian, Lyricist, Actor, Composer
    • Credits: Princess Mononoke, Sayonara Jupiter, Tora-san's Shattered Romance, The End of Summer, Kaikyô, + more
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    Hitoshi Matsumoto, or Matchan as he is commonly known, is a Japanese comedian best known as the boke half the popular owarai duo Downtown alongside Masatoshi Hamada. Like Hamada, Matsumoto was born and raised in Amagasaki, just outside of Osaka city and prefecture and technically in Hyōgo Prefecture, ...more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Amagasaki, Japan
    • Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Big Man Japan, R100, Symbol, Scabbard Samurai, Ashita Ga Arusa, + more
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