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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. {#nodes}
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    Akio Yokoyama is an actor.
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    Atsushi Tamura (田村 淳, Tamura Atsushi, born December 4, 1973) is a famous Japanese comedian... more on Wikipedia
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    Basho Kingentei

    Dec. at 54 (1928-1982)
    Basho Kingentei is a Rakugo comedian.
  • 4

    Beat Kiyoshi

    Age: 70
    Beat Kiyoshi is a comedian and actor.
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    Cha Katō

    Age: 77
    Cha Katō (加藤 茶, かとう ちゃ, カトウ チャ) (born 1 March 1943, Fukushima, Fukushima), also known as... more on Wikipedia
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    Chû Arai

    Dec. at 72 (1928-2000)
    Chû Arai was a comedian and actor.
  • 7

    Edoya Manekineko

    Age: 52
    Edoya Manekineko is a comedian.
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    Edoya Nekohachi IV

    Age: 70
    Edoya Nekohachi IV is a comedian.
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    Takayuki Haga (芳賀 隆之, Haga Takayuki, born January 26, 1955), better known by the stage name... more on Wikipedia
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    Age: 48
    Toshiyuki Teruya (照屋 年之, Teruya Toshiyuki, May 22, 1972 in Naha, Okinawa, Japan), better... more on Wikipedia
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    Hachimitsu Tsukitei

    Age: 43
    Hachimitsu Tsukitei is a comedian.
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    Hajime Hana

    Dec. at 63 (1930-1993)
    Hajime Hana (ハナ肇, Hana Hajime) was a Japanese actor. He was the leader of the comic jazz band... more on Wikipedia
  • 13

    Hanae Shoji

    Age: 84
    Hanae Shoji is a comedian.
  • 14

    Happo Tsukitei

    Age: 72
    Happo Tsukitei is a rakugo artist and an actor.
  • 15
    Hideo Higashikokubaru (東国原 英夫, Higashikokubaru Hideo, born September 16, 1957) is a Japanese... more on Wikipedia
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    Hikari Kimura

    Age: 39
    Hikari Kimura is the daughter of Yasushi Yokoyama and is also a comedian.
  • 17
    Hiroyuki Miyasako (宮迫博之, Miyasako Hiroyuki, born March 31, 1970 in Osaka) is a Japanese... more on Wikipedia
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    Hisaya Morishige

    Dec. at 96 (1913-2009)
    Hisaya Morishige (森繁久彌, Morishige Hisaya, May 4, 1913 – November 10, 2009) was a Japanese... more on Wikipedia
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    Hitoshi Matsumoto (松本 人志, Matsumoto Hitoshi, born September 8, 1963), or Matchan (松ちゃん) as he... more on Wikipedia
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    Hitoshi Ueki

    Dec. at 81 (1926-2007)
    Hitoshi Ueki (植木 等, Ueki Hitoshi, December 25, 1926 – March 27, 2007) was a Japanese actor,... more on Wikipedia
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    Ichirō Arishima

    Dec. at 71 (1916-1987)
    Ichirō Arishima (有島 一郎, Arishima Ichirō, March 1, 1916—July 20, 1987) was a Japanese comedian... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Ichiro Zaitsu is an actor, comedian and singer.
  • 23
    Itsuji Itao (板尾 創路, Itao Itsuji, born July 18, 1963), is a Japanese comedian and actor. He is... more on Wikipedia
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    Jin Katagiri

    Age: 46
    Jin Katagiri (片桐 仁, Katagiri Jin, born November 27, 1973) is a comedian, actor, sculptor, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    Jun Itoda

    Age: 47
    Jun Itoda is a comedian.