Japanese People 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)

age 87 Akio Yokoyama is an actor.

age 44 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 ...more

Basho Kingentei Died at 54 (1928-1982) Basho Kingentei is a Rakugo comedian.

Beat Kiyoshi age 68 Beat Kiyoshi is a comedian and actor.

age 75 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, ...more

Died at 72 (1928-2000) Chû Arai was a comedian and actor.

Edoya Manekineko age 50 Edoya Manekineko is a comedian.

Edoya Nekohachi IV age 68 Edoya Nekohachi IV is a comedian.

Died at 67 (1929-1996) Frankie Sakai was a Japanese comedian, actor, and musician.

age 63 Jôji Tokoro is an actor.

age 45 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 ...more

Hachimitsu Tsukitei age 40 Hachimitsu Tsukitei is a comedian.

Died at 63 (1930-1993) 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 ...more

Hanae Shoji age 81 Hanae Shoji is a comedian.

Happo Tsukitei age 70 Happo Tsukitei is a rakugo artist and an actor.

age 58 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 ...more

Hikari Kimura age 37 Hikari Kimura is the daughter of Yasushi Yokoyama and is also a comedian.

age 48 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 ...more

Died at 96 (1913-2009) 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 ...more

age 54 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 ...more

Died at 81 (1926-2007) Hitoshi Ueki was a Japanese actor, comedian, singer, and guitarist. He won six awards for acting. His film credits stretch from 1960 to 1995. Ueki came to fame through the comic jazz-band The ...more

Died at 71 (1916-1987) Ichirō Arishima was a Japanese comedian and actor. Nicknamed "The Japanese Chaplin," he is best known outside Japan for his appearance as Tako, the promoter of King Kong in King Kong ...more

age 84 Ichiro Zaitsu is an actor, comedian and singer.

age 54 Itsuji Itao is a Japanese comedian and actor. He is a member of the comedy duo 130R and former cast member of one of Downtown's previous shows. He usually appears in their batsu games.

Jin Katagiri age 44 Jin Katagiri is a comedian, actor, sculptor, and potter from Saitama Prefecture, Japan. He graduated from Kasukabe High School and Tama Art University. Outside of Japan, he is most well known ...more

Jun Itoda age 45 Jun Itoda is a comedian.

Died at 78 (1932-2010) Kei Tani was a Japanese comedian, actor and musician. Born in Tokyo, he learned to play the trombone and, while a student at Chuo University, began playing in jazz bands performing for American ...more

age 68 Ken Shimura, is a Japanese comedian and actor. He co-starred with Masashi Tashiro, Nobuyoshi Kuwano in the Japanese variety show "Ken Shimura no Bakatono-sama". The ...more

Died at 66 (1904-1970) Kenichi Enomoto was a popular Japanese singing comedian, mostly known by his stage name Enoken. A major innovator during his heyday, Enoken's stage shows, radio appearances, and film roles were ...more

Kenji Yamauchi age 37 Kenji Yamauchi is a comedian (one half of the comedy duo Kamaitachi) and actor.

age 44 Kentarō Kobayashi is a Japanese comedian, actor, dramaturge, theatre director, and manga artist. Outside of Japan, he is most well known for directing and acting in "The Japanese ...more

age 53 Kiyotaka Nanbara is a Japanese comedian known as a member of the manzai duo Utchan Nanchan along with Teruyoshi Uchimura. He is the boke of the two.

Knock Yokoyama Died at 75 (1932-2007) Knock Yokoyama was a Japanese comedian and politician. Born Isamu Yamada in Kobe, he adopted his current stage name while directing the Manga Trio manzai troupe from 1959 to 1968. Following his ...more

Kon Omura age 86 Kon Omura is an actor and comedian.

Kontakinte age 49 Kontakinte is a comedian and actor.

LaSalle Ishii age 62 LaSalle Ishii, born Akio Ishii on October 19, 1955 in Osaka Prefecture, is a Japanese TV personality, actor, voice actor, and theater director.

Died at 59 (1935-1994) Leonard Kuma was a comedian and actor.

Died at 77 (1933-2010) Makoto Fujita, born Makoto Harada, was a Japanese actor. He was born in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, the son of silent-film actor Rintarō Fujima, and started his career as a comedian in 1952.

age 59 Masami Hisamoto, is a Japanese comedian, actress, singer and tarento from Osaka, Hirano Ward, belonging to the Wahaha talent agency. She is also, as of 2007, the head of the fine arts department ...more

age 54 Masatoshi Hamada is a Japanese comedian best known as the tsukkomi half of the popular owarai duo Downtown alongside Hitoshi Matsumoto. His nickname is Hama-chan, and is married to Natsumi ...more

age 30 Naomi Watanabe is a Japanese actress and comedian. She rose to fame in 2008 for her imitation of Beyoncé Knowles and was given the title "the Japanese Beyoncé."

age 59 Naoto Takenaka is a Japanese actor, comedian, singer, and director from Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture affiliated with From First Production. He is married to idol singer and actress ...more

Died at 75 (1924-1999) Norihei Miki was a comedian and actor.

Norikazu Kobayashi age 66 Norikazu Kobayashi is a comedian and actor. He is the son of Norihei Miki.

age 56 Noritake Kinashi is an actor.

age 78 Osami Nabe is a comedian and actor.

Pinko Izumi age 70 Pinko Izumi is a Japanese actress and singer. Her legal name is Sayo Takemoto, and she originally performed under the name Mariko Mikado.

Died at 68 (1924-1992) Ryoichi Tamagawa was an actor.

age 69 Saburo Ishikura is a Japanese actor that has acted in several movies directed by Beat Takeshi. He has also appeared in a few of Takeshi's recent films which include Zatoichi as Boss Ogi and ...more

age 62 Sanma Akashiya is a Japanese TV comedian and actor simply known as Sanma. His real name is Takafumi Sugimoto. His talent agency is Yoshimoto Corporation. Together with Beat Takeshi and Tamori, ...more