Voices in Japan
Voices in Japan
Nov 17, 2020
Being a Foreigner on Japan's Comedy Circuit
Play • 49 min

Albert Weiland (aka @aruchansensei on TikTok) is a comedian with Yoshimoto Kogyo - a major entertainment conglomerate and the employer of most of Japan's popular comedy talent. Albert was able to join Yoshimoto after winning a series of comedy competitions in Sapporo, and in this episode he enlightens Ben and Burke about life as an upstart comedian who is doing it for the love of the art. Topics include the types of events and TV programs Albert has participated in, the approaches he has taken with his comedy in front of Japanese audiences, expectations for employees of a major talent agency, the reality of why entertainment in Japan might not be the most lucrative career, and much much more!

Here is a YouTube clip of the hilarious Japanese comedian who was supposed to be on America's Got Talent, that we talk about at the end of the podcast.

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