ABOUT 笑福亭笑子


Showko Showfukutei 笑福亭笑子is a Japanese comedian, ventriloquist and Rakugo performer (Japanese traditional comedy). Showko’s off-beat sense of humour has seen her blend standup comedy with traditional Japanese performance to create a unique and delightfully funny hybrid with storytelling and the occasional bit of ventriloquism thrown into the mix.


Armed with stories and observations from her slightly odd childhood and adventures living and travelling around the world as a globetrotting comedian (London, Edinburgh, Paris, LA, Tokyo), Showko has performed on network TV, radio and at major comedy clubs, festivals and events including both the Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


In 2016 Showko was a finalist on Australia’s Got Talent and has gone on to appear on both ABC Radio and TV. She was also was featured in a major Japanese TV special for Yomiuri TV “Good Chikyu bin” based on her life and comedy.


Outside of her main comedy world Showko regularly entertains for corporate events and is engaged as a speaker with her unique life experiences and as the only fully trained professional Rakugo performer living outside of Japan.


Her real name is Ayako Ono but the stage name Showko Showfukutei 笑福亭笑子 was awarded to her after completing a 3 year Rakugo apprenticeship which is a 400 year old traditional form of Japanese comedy storytelling. 



Showko is a member of the Kamigata Rakugo Association.

笑福亭笑子(しょうふくてい しょうこ)
2004年 笑福亭鶴笑入門 海外を拠点にして活動する唯一の落語家。ロンドン、東京、大阪、シンガポールに住み、現在は
難関テレビオーディション 「オーストラリアゴットタレント」で準決勝まで進んだ。

★★★★½ “並外れた腹話術の技術!爆笑の連続!笑子の非現実的腹話術ショー”







★★★★½ “Exceptional ventriloquism skill! Bouts of giggles and laughter at Showko’s surreal ventriloquist comedy.” Herald Sun, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

“Absurdly hilarious.” Melbourne Arts Fashion, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

“Comedy can be an art form and not just a trade” The Scotsman, Edinburgh Fringe 

Absolutely delighful. Silly and clever, as well as being unlike anything else on the fringe…” Edinburgh Fringe

“Prepare to be enchanted!…mesmerized by her genuine excitement and the magic of storytelling and creation. “ Theatre Press, Melbourne

“I kept laughing so much from the beginning to the end so my face is still smiling I can’t put it back.”  “I didn’t know what’s going to happen but as soon as it started I kept laughing! Even the show is over,I am still laughing as I remembered it.”  La Mama Theatre in Melbourne