Welcome to the quirky and hilarious world of Showko – Australia’s favourite Japanese comedian. Kooky and off-beat, Showko’s blend of stand-up, puppetry, ventriloquism and Rakugo (Japanese storytelling comedy) is hugely entertaining and utterly unique.
With a bitter childhood, she escaped into a fantasy world of making and talking to puppets - now its her job as she explores a swag of surreal stories and real experiences about life.
Absolutely Normal was directed by Heath McIvor (the man behind Randy the purple puppet). The production completed successful seasons at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018, Bondi Feast 2018 and the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2019.
A bit more
A former radio broadcaster and in-flight entertainment announcer, Showko began her performance career working at a police station teaching traffic safety using a puppet. Fast forward to the present day where she lives in Melbourne with her Aussie husband and son, and is a regular on the Melbourne comedy circuit performing alongside comedy legends such as Dave Hughes, Denise Scott, Cal Wilson, Judith Lucy, Julia Zemiro, Dave O’Neil, Libbi Gorr, to name a few. Besides being the only fully trained Rakugo artist based outside Japan, Showko is also the most innovative with 400 year old traditional stories being turned topsy turvy and peppered with visual gags and Western style jokes.
As seen on Australia’s Got Talent.
As heard on ABC radio’s International Women’s Day debate 2017 (also on iView)
★★★★★ "Absolutely Hilarious and Frigging Fantastic!" Glam Adelaide
★★★★1/2 "Exceptional" Herald Sun
★★★★ "Must see show...Absolutely absurd ventriloquism" The Advertiser
★★★★ “Quirky, charismatic and a little bit crazy….will have you rolling on the floor laughing…” Great Scott!
"Eye-catching puppetry, excellent ventriloquism and engaging stories" My Melbourne Arts.
"A complete hoot" Squirrel Comedy.
“Absurdly hilarious.” Melbourne Arts Fashion
"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 Artistic Director