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Showko is arguably the world’s quirkiest, most original and thoroughly charming ventriloquist. Hugely entertaining and wonderfully offbeat, her combination of standup, ventriloquism, and Japanese comedy creates a unique and hugely entertaining hybrid. Armed with a sharp wit, a keen sense of kookiness and an adorable collection of hand-made puppets (including Ninja Ken and Sushi Master) it’s no wonder Showko caught the attention of judges and audience alike on Australia’s Got Talent.

 

Showko is a regular at festivals and comedy clubs throughout Australia and beyond. When she isn’t touring internationally or performing on luxury cruise liners, Showko calls Melbourne home. 

 

★★★★★ "Absolutely hilarious and frigging fantastic!"

Glam Adelaide

★★★★1/2 "Exceptional ventriloquism”

- Herald Sun

 

Showko has performed internationally in London, LA, Tokyo, Paris, Germany, Singapore, NZ, Melbourne and Sydney as well as major events including Avignon Festival in France, the Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 

 

★★★★“A must see show…a top rate ventriloquist”

- The Advertiser 

★★★★ “Quirky, charismatic and a little bit crazy….will have you rolling on the floor laughing…” - Great Scott!

 

In addition to ventriloquism and standup comedy, Showko also performs Rakugo (Japanese traditional ‘sit down’ comedy). She is a member of the Kamigat Rakugo Association, and is the only fully trained professional Rakugo performer currently living outside Japan.

 

Career:

 Festivals

• Adelaide Fringe Festival – 2019

• Melbourne International Comedy Festival – 2014, 2015, 2018

• Bondi Feast Festival – 2018

• Melbourne Fringe Festival – 2017

• Frocking Hilarious (charity gala for ActionAid Australia) - 2016

• Wellington Japan Festival - 2016

• Christ Church Japan Festival - 2015

• Avignon Festival, France

• Edinburgh Fringe Festival

• Brighton Fringe Festival

• Hamburg and Osaka Sister City Festival

• Malaysian Arts Festival

• Philippines Japan Festival and more…

 

Corporate Functions &Events

• P&G

• Sumitomo Life

• CANON Europe

• MARUBENI Europe

• Mitsui UK & BP

• Miki Corporation

• Embassy of Japan, UK

• Embassy of Japan, Tonga

• Japan Foundation Sydney

• Singapore Japanese Association

• Japanese Teachers Association of Victoria

• Washington University, US

• London University, UK

• Visit Japan Campaign, Beverly Hills Hilton, US

and more…

 

Cruise Shows

• Princess Cruise

• Holland America

• Cunard

 

Television

• Tokyo TV - 2018

• ABC iView "International Women's Day Debate" – 2017

• NHK( Japanese National TV) Tsurube’s Kazokuni Kampai  - 2017

• Australia's Got Talent finalist – 2016

• Yomiuri TV “Good Chikyu bin” featuring Showko - 2014

• Channel News Asia: “Primetime Morning”

• TBS: “minomonta no asa zubba!”

• Nagoya TV

• Kyoto TV

 

Radio

• ABC Radio in Australia – The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine

• SBS Radio in Australia

• MBS Radio in Japan

• Radio Osaka in Japan

• 2010 - 2011 Radio regular program on MediaCorp FM 96.3 (Showko`s Quirky News!) 

• 1998 – 2003 MediaCorp Radio, Singapore FM96.3   Roles: Full-time Bilingual Radio Producer Presenter

• RADIO Regular Programs in Japan 1995 – 1998 (MBS, Radio Osaka, FM Uji,Yes FM, FM Beach Station) 

笑福亭笑子(しょうふくてい しょうこ)

プロフィール

 

神戸市出身

上方落語協会所属

 

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。落語家修行は異例のロンドンにて。

難関テレビオーディション、オーストラリアズゴットタレントのファイナリスト。

笑子の手作り人形たちの縫い目から個性が溢れ出て、”笑子ワールドに引き込まれた観衆は、床に転げ落ちて笑い転げることでしょう”(スコッツ新聞)

ロンドン、ロサンジェルス、パリ、ドイツ、シンガポール、メルボルン、シドニー、ニュージーランド、トンガなど、世界を舞台に活動し、

 

世界最大のフェスティバルの一つ、エジンバラフリンジ、アデレードフリンジ、メルボルンインターナショナルコメディーフェスティバルにも定期的に出演。日本にも帰国し、上方落語の定石、天満天神繁昌亭に定期的に出演。現在、メルボルン在住。