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Taka WAKASUGI (Japan)

Globetrotting Japanese comedian dropping by NZ's home of live comedy

UPDATE: Winner of the Director's Choice Award at the 2023 Melbourne Comedy Festival in April.

A typical Japanese boy, Takashi visited Sydney as an exchange student in 2012 where he joined the local comedy scene. He quickly built a unique reputation, performing at ‘Homebake Festival 2012’ and frequented spots at the Sydney Comedy Store.

Upon his return to Japan, he joined the English comedy scenes in Osaka and Tokyo. In 2018, he moved to Australia and started his comedy career in earnest.

He was picked as a performer at Comedy Zone Asia at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018. He performed on the ABC television show “Tonightly with Tom Ballard” and “Comedy Up Late”. His festival solo show “Welcome to Japan”, “Farm Backpacker (Subclass 417)” and “Stay Home Stay (Japan Boy Stuck in Oz)” were sold out at comedy festivals around Australia.

Takashi also joined Sydney Comedy Festival Roadshow and Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow and travelled all over Australia to perform. Stuck in a chasm between Japanese and Western culture, Takashi brings a fresh and unique perspective on Aussie life. His insights into everyday life in Japan are sure to have you both fascinated & roaring with laughter.


Nominated Best International Gust (New Zealand Comedy Guild 2019)