Koji Kato (October 2017)
Keiichi Yamamoto (October 2017)
|Native name||Gokuraku Tonbo (極楽とんぼ)|
|Years active||1989 - 2006 |
2016 - Present
Gokuraku Tombo (極楽とんぼ, Gokuraku Tonbo), meaning Heavenly Dragonfly was a manzai comedy duo consisting of Keiichi Yamamoto (山本 圭壱, Yamamoto Keiichi) and Koji Kato (加藤 浩次, Katō Kōji). Members of the Yoshimoto Kogyo entertainment conglomerate, they performed on the Fuji TV variety show Mecha-Mecha Iketeru! Their main act was based on arguing and fighting in public.
On July 18, 2006, it was found out that Yamamoto was questioned by the Hakodate West Police station in Hokkaidō on suspicion of statutory rape of a minor. As a result, Yoshimoto Kogyo announced the cancellation of their contract with the agency. The duo was also disbanded. Kato apologized for Yamamoto's scandal on his live TV program broadcast by Nippon Television Network the next day, the whole apology delivered as Kato wept loudly.
In 2016, Yamamoto returned to television after over a decade long hiatus and has resumed activities in the industry. He is also currently a member of Yoshimotozaka46.
Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd. is a major Japanese entertainment conglomerate. It was founded in 1912, Osaka, as a traditional theatre, and has since grown to be one of the most influential companies in Japan, employing most of Japan's popular owarai (comedy) talent, producing and promoting the shows they appear in. The two main headquarters are stationed in Osaka and Tokyo.
Downtown is a Japanese comedy duo from Amagasaki, Hyōgo consisting of Hitoshi Matsumoto and Masatoshi Hamada. Formed in 1982, they are one of the most influential and prolific comedy duos in Japan today. They are best known for their stand-up acts, hosting numerous Japanese variety shows and their sarcastic, short-tempered stage personas.
Football Hour is a Japanese comedy duo (kombi) consisting of Terumoto Gotō (tsukkomi) and Nozomu Iwao (boke), both from Osaka. They are performers for the entertainment company Yoshimoto Kogyo. They graduated from the Yoshimoto NSC Osaka 14th generation class.
Cowcow is a Japanese comedy duo managed by the entertainment conglomerate Yoshimoto Kogyo who perform manzai comedy. The members, Yoshi, the tsukkomi of the group, and Kenji Tada, the boke, are both from Osaka Prefecture. They have been guests on quite a few TV variety shows, such as Mecha-Mecha Iketeru!.
Ninety-nine, or Nainai (ナイナイ) is a Japanese comic duo from Osaka working for the entertainment conglomerate Yoshimoto Kogyo. The duo (kombi), consisting of Takashi Okamura as boke (stooge) and Hiroyuki Yabe as tsukkomi (straightman), formed in 1990.
Mecha-Mecha Iketeru! (めちゃ²イケてるッ!) was a popular Japanese variety show, shown on Fuji TV. The first episode aired on 16 October 1996 and the last episode aired on 31 March 2018. The hosts of the show were the owarai duo Ninety-Nine. The show was also known as Mecha-Ike (めちゃイケ).
Emi Kobayashi is a Japanese gravure idol. She is from Tokyo, and belongs to the show-business production Suns Entertainment. She belonged to Yellow Cab before 2004. She portrayed the hostess who became a nun named Saori in Lion-Maru G.
Kinichi Hagimoto is a Japanese comedian. He is active as a stage performer, emcee, and manager of the amateur Ibaraki Golden Golds of the Japanese Baseball Association.
FUJIWARA is a Japanese comedy duo (kombi) consisting of Toshifumi Fujimoto and Takayuki Haranishi. They are from Osaka, but are currently primarily active in Tokyo and, like most other comedians originating the Kansai region, are employed by Yoshimoto Kōgyō.
Taka and Toshi is a Japanese manzai (stand-up) comedy duo (kombi) from Sapporo consisting of Takahiro Suzuki a.k.a. "Taka" as boke and Toshikazu Miura a.k.a. "Toshi" as tsukkomi. They are under contract to the entertainment agency, Yoshimoto Kogyo. Formed in 1994, they are best known for their stand-up acts and as TV tarentos in variety shows.
Hōsei Tsukitei, formerly known as Hōsei Yamasaki is a Japanese solo comedian and rakugo performer, signed with Yoshimoto Kogyo. He is best known for being one of the five members of Downtown Gaki no Tsukai's regular cast. His role on the show is usually divided up between the suberi-kyara and the ijime-kyara.
Cocorico is a Japanese comedy duo (kombi) consisting of Shōzō Endō and Naoki Tanaka. They are best known for making up the cast of the popular and long-running variety show, Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!.
Hi-Hi is a Japanese comedy (manzai) duo (kombi) from Saitama prefecture consisting of Kojiro Ueda as boke and Kazunori Iwasaki as tsukkomi under the entertainment agency, K Dash Stage. Formed in 1998, they are best known for their stand-up acts and TV tarento activities in variety shows. The duo was selected as one of the four finalists among 1,515 professional comedy groups in a televised competition called THE MANZAI 2011, broadcast by Fuji Television on December 17, 2011.
Kan Usuki is an idol, musician, pin artist belonging to Yoshimoto Creative Agency. He is part of the multi-active unit Infini and is the drummer of the pop rock band Spin Cross. Previously, he was in charge of tsukkomi for a ikemen stage unit L.A.F.U. and the comedy duo d Button.
Chidori is a Japanese comedy duo (kombi) consisting of Daigo (だいご) and Nobu (ノブ). They are employed by Yoshimoto Kogyo, a comedian and talent agency based in Tokyo. Both were graduates of the 21st generation from the Yoshimoto NSC Osaka Comedy School.
Koji Imada is a Japanese comedian, tarento and TV presenter. His talent agency is Yoshimoto Kogyo.
Heisei Nobushi Kobushi is a Japanese comedy duo (kombi) consisting of Takashi Yoshimura (吉村崇) and Kenta Tokui (徳井健太) who have performed in a number of television shows. They are employed by Yoshimoto Kogyo and are mostly active in Tokyo.
Chihara Kyōdai or Chihara Brothers is a Japanese comedy duo (kombi) consisting of Chihara Junior (千原ジュニア) and Chihara Seiji (千原せいじ). Seiji and Junior are actual brothers. They are employed by Yoshimoto Kogyo, and are mainly active in Tokyo and Osaka. They have featured in films and television.
Terumoto Gotō is a Japanese comedian and television presenter. He performs tsukkomi in the comedy duo Football Hour with his partner Nozomu Iwao. Gotō is represented by Yoshimoto Kogyo and is mainly active in Tokyo and Osaka.
Shinagawa Shoji is a Japanese comedy duo (kombi) consisting of Hiroshi Shingawa (品川祐) and Tomoharu Shōji (庄司智春) who have featured in a number of television shows. They are employed by Yoshimoto Kogyo, and are mainly active in Tokyo. They graduated from Tokyo Yoshimoto NSC's 1st generation class and are referred to as Shinasho for short.
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