Comedy is considered one of the toughest act-form to portray. Not everybody is born with great comedy timings and that comedic way of delivering dialogues. But, some actors have these elements in them naturally. And that act as an addition to their career. Many actors have also started performing live comedy shows. Similarly, some comic heads in Japan also host TV shows and feature in dramas and films. Let's check them out one by one.
1. Beat Kiyoshi
Beat Kiyoshi is a Japanese actor and comedian. On 31st December 1949, he was born in Mogami, Yamagata, Japan. He is a great actor, and the movies he opted for were mainly of the comedic genre. He did many movies like Kikujiro in 1999, Takeshis in 2005, etc.
2. Naomi Watanabe
Naomi Watanabe is a Taiwan-born comedian, singer, and fashion designer based in Japan. On 23rd October 1987, she was born in New Taipei City, Taiwan. She gained recognition after she mimicked Beyonce, and soon after, people started denoting her as 'the Japanese Beyonce.' Apart from mimicry, she has also appeared in several animes and movies.
3. Shingo Yanagisawa
Shingo Yanagisawa is a Japanese actor and comedian. On 6th March 1962, he was born in Odawara, Kanagawa, Japan. He also does mostly comedic genre movies such as Ultraman Orb in 2016, Super Kamen Rider Den-O, and Decade Neo Generation: The Onigashima Battleship in 2009.
4. Hideo Higashikokubura
Hideo Higashikokubura is the name of a Japanese Politician. But, he gained fame and recognition as an actor and comedian. He is still remembered for his role in Takeshi’s Castle, a popular game show. On 16th September 1957, he was born in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki, Japan.
5. Itsuji Itao
Itsuji Itao is a Japan-based actor and comedian. On 18th July 1963, he was born in Tondabayachi, Osaka, Japan. He did plenty of movies and was a member of the comedy duo 130R.
6. Kentaro Kobayashi
Kentaro Kobayashi is a famous Japanese actor, comedian, theatre director, and manga artist. On 17th April 1973, he was born in Asahi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. He has global recognition because of his advertisement campaigns and directing and acting in traditional Japanese videos. He is also a member of the comedy duo Rahmens Owarai.
7. Masami Hisamoto
Masami Hisamoto is a widely known Japanese comedian, actress, and singer. On 9th July 1958, she was born in Higashisumiyoshi Ward, Osaka, Japan. She has become a meme personality on the internet, where people edit out her short clips from her promotional campaigns, movies, and television appearances.
8. Jun Itoda
Jun Itoda is a Japan-based comedian and actor. On 13th December 1972, he was born in Komaki, Aichi, Japan. He appears in many entertainment programs like Kaiketsu! Nini Answer, Idoleam! TV, etc. He also performs comedy sketches, tsukkomi along with his comedic partner Kazuhiro Ozawa.
Toshiyuki Teruya, professionally known as Gori, is a Japanese comedian, voice actor, director, and musician. On 22nd May 1972, he was born in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. He has featured in a variety of films, TV shows, and animes like Sakuran, Utatama, Oha Suta, Waratte Litomo, Summer Days with Coo, etc.
10. Takashi Fujii
Takashi Fujii is a Japan-based comedian, singer, and actor. On 10th March 1972, he was born in Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan. He has a global screen presence as Matthew Minami, who hosted his show with Bill Murray's character Bob Harris in the movie Lost in Translation in 2003. He often appears in many Japanese Tv shows and dramas.