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Comedy is hard. That’s what many comedians say, at least. Think of Charlie Chaplin filming hundreds of takes per immortal gag.

But Koki Mitani — the famously workaholic comic playwright, scriptwriter, director and producer — makes it look easy, with a stupendous number of film, TV and stage credits. And unlike the many comic talents that rely on collaborators, Mitani operates mostly as a one-man creative factory, while drawing heavily on the works of Neil Simon and Billy Wilder for inspiration.

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