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This Japanese Comedy Robot Is Terrifying

Here's video of a robot developed in Japan to make people laugh. It was created by a team of researchers at Japan's Waseda University led by Professor Atsuo Takanishi. The team wrote sketches for the robot to perform and broke down humor into [...]

By Bradford Evans

The Second City and Yoshimoto Will Open a New Theater in Japan

The Second City's going international, with a new partnership with Japan's comedy conglomerate Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. LTD (which Laura taught us about last year). Apparently, the joint venture will bring The Second City's improv teachings to [...]

By Hallie Cantor

Would You Enroll in Japan’s Comedy School?

Back in March, Laura Turner Garrison told us all about the giant content production company Yoshimoto and its firm grip on the Japanese comedy industry. Here's a piece from the Japan Times featuring the place where many of Yoshimoto's employees [...]

By Hallie Cantor

Japan’s Talk Show King Quits Over Yakuza Connection

Kotaku has the story of Japan's Shinksuke Shimada retiring from showbusiness yesterday over links to yakuza, pretty scandalous business considering that the comedian currently hosts six TV shows and is basically the equivalent of David [...]

By Halle Kiefer