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September 28, 2016

Looking for Laughs in Tokyo

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As Tokyo becomes more international, the city's English-language comedy scene is growing -- you can even see rakugo performed in English! Here is your guide to spots hosting events where you'll find lots of laughs.

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Stand-up Tokyo Puts on English-language stand-up comedy shows around Tokyo, featuring both locals and veteran comics from around the world. Weekly shows on Wednesday nights at Good Heavens British Bar, featuring about 10 performers each time.

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Kanariya Eiraku Gives rakugo performances in English, mainly in Tokyo. Teaches English-language rakugo at his "Kanariya English Rakugo Class." Also plays the ukulele and sings bilingual (English) versions of Japanese songs. Schedule of performances can be found on his website.

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Pirates of Tokyo Bay Tokyo-based improv comedy troupe that performs in both English and Japanese. Audience participation makes every performance unique and unpredictable. Holds regular shows on the last Sunday of each month at What the Dickens! pub in Ebisu.

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1) Good Heavens British Bar Live music and shows in a British pub setting with authentic drinks and grub. Fish and chips made with Pacific cod from Hokkaido is a signature menu item. Hosts Stand-up Tokyo every Wednesday.

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2) Kagaya Proprietor Mark Kagaya's offbeat antics are the main attraction here. You can choose from four multi-course meals or enjoy a variety of small dishes. Seating is limited, so reservations are advised.

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3) What the Dickens! An English-style pub with a performance stage. Hosts a wide range of live music and other entertainment, and serves authentic British food and drink. Chicken and steak pies are one specialty of the house. The Pirates of Tokyo Bay perform here on the last Sunday of each month.

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1) Good Heavens British Bar
Address: 2F 5-32-5 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku
2) Kagaya
Address: B1F 2-15-12 Shinbashi, Minato-ku
3) What the Dickens!
Address: 4F 1-13-3 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku

Reporter

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Felicia Gonzalez

Nationality:
American
Occupation:
Event producer, band /artist management, English language curriculum development and Instructor
When did you first come to Japan?:
I arrived in 2007.
Reason for coming to Japan:
Having always been a bit adventurous and ready to embark on new things, the thought suddenly came to me to go to Japan and see what adventures might await. The very next week, I had bought my one-way ticket, basic phrasebook and was one my way!