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)

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age 88
Akio Yokoyama is an actor.

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age 45
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

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

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Beat Kiyoshi age 69
Beat Kiyoshi is a comedian and actor.

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age 76
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

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

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Edoya Manekineko age 51
Edoya Manekineko is a comedian.

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Edoya Nekohachi IV age 69
Edoya Nekohachi IV is a comedian.

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

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age 64
Jôji Tokoro is an actor.

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age 46
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

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Hachimitsu Tsukitei age 41
Hachimitsu Tsukitei is a comedian.

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Dec. 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

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Hanae Shoji age 82
Hanae Shoji is a comedian.

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Happo Tsukitei age 71
Happo Tsukitei is a rakugo artist and an actor.

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age 61
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

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Hikari Kimura age 38
Hikari Kimura is the daughter of Yasushi Yokoyama and is also a comedian.

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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

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Dec. 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

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age 55
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

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Dec. 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

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Dec. 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

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age 85
Ichiro Zaitsu is an actor, comedian and singer.

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age 55
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.

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Jin Katagiri age 45
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