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. (69 items)
age 88
Akio Yokoyama is an actor.
age 45
Atsushi Tamura (田村 淳, Tamura Atsushi, born December 4, 1973) is a famous Japanese comedian from the Hikoshima area of Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. He and his partner, Ryo Tamura ...more
Basho Kingentei
Dec. at 54 (1928-1982)
Basho Kingentei is a Rakugo comedian.
Beat Kiyoshi
age 69
Beat Kiyoshi is a comedian and actor.
age 76
Cha Katō (加藤 茶, かとう ちゃ, カトウ チャ) (born 1 March 1943, Fukushima, Fukushima), also known as Kato-chan, is a male Japanese comedian and actor. His real name is Hideyuki Katō (加藤英文). Cha is one of ...more
Dec. at 72 (1928-2000)
Chû Arai was a comedian and actor.
Edoya Manekineko
age 51
Edoya Manekineko is a comedian.
Edoya Nekohachi IV
age 69
Edoya Nekohachi IV is a comedian.
age 64
Takayuki Haga (芳賀 隆之, Haga Takayuki, born January 26, 1955), better known by the stage name George Tokoro (所ジョージ, Tokoro Jōji), is a Japanese comedian, TV personality, singer-songwriter, and ...more
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Toshiyuki Teruya (照屋 年之, Teruya Toshiyuki, May 22, 1972 in Naha, Okinawa, Japan), better known as Gori (ゴリ) or Gorie (ゴリエ) or Gorie Matsuura (松浦ゴリエ, Matsuura Gorie), is a Japanese comedian, ...more
Hachimitsu Tsukitei
age 41
Hachimitsu Tsukitei is a comedian.
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 The Crazy Cats, which featured such talent as Hitoshi Ueki and Kei Tani, and which starred in a ...more
Hanae Shoji
age 82
Hanae Shoji is a comedian.
Happo Tsukitei
age 71
Happo Tsukitei is a rakugo artist and an actor.
age 58
Hideo Higashikokubaru (東国原 英夫, Higashikokubaru Hideo, born September 16, 1957) is a Japanese politician. He originally rose to fame as a comedian and actor under the stage name Sonomanma Higashi ...more
Hikari Kimura
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Hikari Kimura is the daughter of Yasushi Yokoyama and is also a comedian.
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Hiroyuki Miyasako (宮迫博之, Miyasako Hiroyuki, born March 31, 1970 in Osaka) is a Japanese comedian, television presenter, actor, voice actor and plays the boke in Ameagari Kesshitai. His partner ...more
Dec. at 96 (1913-2009)
Hisaya Morishige (森繁久彌, Morishige Hisaya, May 4, 1913 – November 10, 2009) was a Japanese actor and comedian. Born in Hirakata, Osaka, he graduated from Kitano Middle School (now Kitano High ...more
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Hitoshi Matsumoto (松本 人志, Matsumoto Hitoshi, born September 8, 1963), or Matchan (松ちゃん) as he is commonly known, is one of Japan's most popular comedians and TV hosts. He is one half of the ...more
Dec. at 81 (1926-2007)
Hitoshi Ueki (植木 等, Ueki Hitoshi, December 25, 1926 – March 27, 2007) was a Japanese actor, comedian, singer, and guitarist. He won six awards for acting. His film credits stretch from 1960 to ...more
Dec. at 71 (1916-1987)
Ichirō Arishima (有島 一郎, Arishima Ichirō, March 1, 1916—July 20, 1987) was a Japanese comedian and actor. Nicknamed "The Japanese Chaplin," he is best known outside Japan for his ...more
age 85
Ichiro Zaitsu is an actor, comedian and singer.
age 55
Itsuji Itao (板尾 創路, Itao Itsuji, born July 18, 1963), 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 ...more
Jin Katagiri
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Jin Katagiri (片桐 仁, Katagiri Jin, born November 27, 1973) is a comedian, actor, sculptor, and potter from Saitama Prefecture, Japan. He graduated from Kasukabe High School and Tama Art ...more
Jun Itoda
age 46
Jun Itoda is a comedian.