Welcome to "Absolutely Normal”, the quirky and hilarious world of Showko - Australia’s favourite Japanese comedian. Kooky and off-beat, Showko’s blend of stand-up, ventriloquism and Rakugo (Japanese storytelling comedy) is hugely entertaining and utterly unique.
Directed by Heath McIvor – the man behind Randy the purple puppet – it was one of the break-out hits at the Malthouse Theatre during the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and is currently on tour having just finished the Bondi Feast and is in preparation for the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival with more shows to be confirmed.
Absolutely Normal is armed with stories from Showko’s childhood growing up in the kookiest culture on earth, as well as her adventures as a globetrotting comedian (London, Edinburgh, Paris, LA, Tokyo), Showko gives you a glimpse into the craziness that exists just below the surface of Japan that most foreigners never get to see.
As a child, she escaped into a fantasy world of making and talking to puppets – now it’s her job. The world may be crazy, but Showko is Absolutely Normal. Honestly!
★★★★1/2 Herald Sun
“Absurdly hilarious.” Melbourne Arts Fashion
“…a complete hoot” Squirrel Comedy
“Comedy can be an art form and not just a trade” The
“Absolutely delightful. Silly and clever, as well as being unlike anything else on the Fringe... ” Edinburgh Fringe Review
"The show was terrific and the audience feedback we received was through the roof – people LOVED it and so did we. You’re an immensely funny woman and the show if a riot.” Sydney Bondi Feast Producer