Article: Top 10 Comedy Actors In The Japanese Film Industry

We all have watched Takeshi’s Castle once in our life, which made us laugh like a fool. Japanese Television is ruled by variety shows. In Japan, it is common for comedians to perform in groups of two or three, like Tunnel, Othello, Unchan Nanchan, Dacho Club, etc. Some perform solo too. We bring you a list of famous Japanese comedy actors in the Japanese Film industry that you should check. These comedians can make you roll on the floor with laughter. From Hajime Hano to Naomi Watanabe, let’s look at these Japanese Comedy Actors.

1. Hajime Hana

Hajime Hana was a Japanese drummer, actor, and comedian born in 1930. He worked in several comedy films like "Irresponsible" Musekinin series, and Television variety shows like Shabondama Holiday, etc. Hajime Hana was also the leader of the Comic Jazz Band The Crazy Cats. His real name was Sadao Nonoyama. The comedy actor died in 1993.

2. Naomi Watanabe

Naomi Watanabe is a Japanese actor, comedian, and designer. Naomi became famous for her imitation of American Pop Singer Beyonce. She is one of the most followed Japanese celebrities on Instagram. Naomi has worked in several films like Tug of War, The Promised Neverland, R100, etc. She has also appeared on many variety shows like SNL Japan, Waratte Iitomo, etc.

3. Takaaki Ishibashi

Takaaki Ishibashi is a 1961-born Japanese actor, comedian, and singer. Takaaki has been a member of the comedy duo The Tunnel and Japanese pop group Yaen. He is famous for playing the role of Isuro Tanaka in the film Major League II and Taka Tanaka in Major League: Back to the Minors.

4. Sanma Akashiya

Sanma Akashiya is a Japanese TV host, comedian, and radio personality. Sanma was born in 1955 in Wakayama, Japan. His real name is Takafumi Sugimoto. He has been working on television programs like Odoru Sanma Goten, Tukai Akashiya TV, etc. He has also appeared in TV movies like Wada Akiko Satsujin Jiken and Song of the Canefields.


5. Beat Takeshi

Takeshi Kitano, popularly known as Beat Takeshi is a Japanese comedian and actor born in 1947. He became popular in the 1970s after his performance in the comedy duo Two Beats. He has given films like Shinjuku Mad, Makoto, Dump Migratory Bird, etc. Takeshi is popular among international audiences as the host of the Television show Beat Takeshi.

6. Tamori

Kazuyoshi Morita, also known by his stage name Tamori San is a Japanese Comedian who is popular among audiences by the name ‘Big Three’ with Beat Takeshi and Sanma Akashiya. These three have been known as the biggest comedians in Japan. Tamori has worked in films like House Hunting, Tales of Bizzare, Boro the Caterpillar, etc.


7. Hiroyuki Miyasako

Hiroyuki Miyasako is a Japanese comedian born in 1970. He has worked in several films like Scanner, NMB48 Geinin the Movie Owarai Seishun Girls, Bungo: Stories of Desire, etc. He is popular for his voice-acting roles in animation like Piano No Mori, Mazinger Z Movie: Infinity, etc. He is also a member of the Japanese Comedy Duo Ameagari Kessitai.


8. Masami Hisamoto

Masami Hisamoto is a 1958-born Japanese comedian, actress, and musician. She is managed by Wahaha Talent Agency. She is famous for her roles in films like The Reason, Imagination Game, etc. Masami has also worked as the voice actor for Japanese Animation movies like One Piece and Guinea Pig. She has also appeared in several television movies and dramas.

9. Takashi Fujii

Takashi Fujii is a Japanese actor, singer, and comedian born in 1972. He has appeared in films like Kamen Rider, and There's Always Tomorrow, My Small Land, etc. Takashi is famous for his appearance as Matthew Minami in the 2003 movie Lost Translation. He is an established comedy actor in Japan.

10. Noritake Kinashi

Noritake Kinashi is a Japanese actor, comedian, and singer. He is a member of the Japanese Comedy Duo Tunnel. He is also a member of the Japanese pop group Yaen beside Takaaki Ishibashi. He has appeared in films like Postman, Initiation Love, Inuyashiki, etc. He has also worked as a voice actor for many animated films.