Jun 26, 2014

Everyone's having a laugh in Kinokuniya

by Akira Okubo

Rakugo, a traditional form of comic storytelling in Japan, deals with anecdotes about human nature. Described as a “performance of imagination,” it is usually done on an empty stage with the artist kneeling on a large cushion and acting out the roles of all ...

Nov 19, 2013

Monty Python to reunite for new show after 30 years

The Monty Python comedy troupe is set to reunite for a new show in their first major collaboration in 30 years, member Terry Jones revealed Tuesday. “We’re getting together and putting on a show — it’s real,” Jones told the BBC. “I’m quite excited ...

Film fest puts comedy on bill

Sep 12, 2013

Film fest puts comedy on bill

by Magdalena Osumi

Asakusa was the capital’s main entertainment district during the Edo Period (1603-1867) and the charm of old Tokyo still remains there. This weekend, Asakusa and close-by Ueno will host the sixth annual Old Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival, which is abbreviated in Japanese ...

Leno to leave 'Tonight Show' in spring 2014

Apr 5, 2013

Leno to leave 'Tonight Show' in spring 2014

For the second time in about four years, Jay Leno is stepping down from NBC’s iconic late-night franchise “The Tonight Show.” This time, he’ll exit in spring 2014 to make way for “Late Night” star Jimmy Fallon. Fallon will take over sometime after that, ...

'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

Jan 2, 2013

'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

by Kaori Shoji

Mr. Antonini, who lived in the house next to ours in Brooklyn, had a rejoinder for all life’s ailments. “You think you got problems?” he’d say with a querulous edge to his voice. “Wait till you get to my age, and I’ll show you ...