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Who are these two guys — one has a red Mohawk, the other a yellow one? They are popping up everywhere these days on TV sporting black shades and tight mod suits — even advertising potato snacks. Well, the red one’s Ketch, the other is Hiro-pon, and together they are Gamarjobat (“Hello” in Georgian). Their brilliant mime routines and great sense of humor have taken them to 150 venues in 23 countries, and earned them an admirable accolade from Newsweek Japan magazine in 2007 as “one of the 100 most respected Japanese (acts or people) worldwide.”

Ketch and Hiro-pon teamed up in September 1999 in Tokyo, and just a year later people from all over the world were cramming into their gigs at the huge and prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. By 2004, as the buzz around them continued to build with their nonstop touring, Gamarjobat were back at the Fringe to scoop the lofty Double Act Award — followed in 2005 by the stratospheric Tap Water Award, when they were chosen from among the festival’s 2,000 acts and at one fell swoop became the event’s top celebrities. At that time, indeed, The Scotsman newspaper described them as “irresistibly, endearingly funny and undoubtedly the most skilled and clever comedy in Edinburgh,” and the London-based Daily Telegraph dubbed them “utterly mesmerizing.”

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