Saku Yanagawa is a Japanese comedian based in Chicago. Internationally he’s performed in over 10 countries and across the US at notable venues including Laugh Factory, Second City, Zanies, The Comedy Bar, and The Comedy Store.
 In Japan he hosts his own comedy show called “Saku’s Comedy Night”, which he writes, directs and performs. In 2017 Saku took the show on a nationwide tour and achieved his goal of performing at every English comedy club in Japan.
 Later that year Saku conducted an African tour and performed as a headliner at The Kigali International Comedy Festival in Rwanda. He also appeared on the “Churchill Show”, one of the biggest comedy TV shows in Africa. In 2018 he performed at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and did a full European tour which included Germany and England. In the same year he competed at the 39th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition and The Palm Springs International Comedy Competition as a representative of Japan. Saku won “Japan’s Comedian of The Year” in 2017 and 2018. 
 Most recently Saku performed at The Second City and NBC’s “Break Out Comedy Festival’” and for “StandUp NBC “ both in 2019. He also performed at ‘Fuji Rock Festival 2019’, Japan’s biggest music festival, as the very first standup comedian to do so. He also performed at the world famous Billboard Tokyo during his Japan tour.
 Saku aims to be the first Japanese cast member on Saturday Night Live.

 

 アメリカ・シカゴを拠点に活動するスタンダップコメディアン。これまで10カ国以上で公演を果たしインターナショナルに活動する。シカゴではLaugh Factoryなどの有名クラブにレギュラー出演しながら、世界的コメディグループThe Second Cityでインプロ(即興劇)のショーにも出演する。
 2018年にはワールドツアーを行いケニアではアフリカ最大級のTVショーに出演を果たす。イギリス・スコットランドにて開催されている世界最大のアートフェス、エディンバラ・フェスティバル・フリンジにも出演したほか、シアトルで開催された国際コメディ大会に日本代表として出場し入賞を果たす。2019NBCの主催するBreak Out Comedy Festivalに日本人として初出演。
 国内では自身の脚本・演出・主演を務めるコメディショー”Saku’s Comedy Night”を定期上演し、2018年には全国ツアーを行った。スタンダップコメディの公演も精力的に行い、史上初となる国内すべての英語コメディクラブで公演を達成したほかビルボードでの単独公演を行った。2019年はスタンダップコメディアンとしては初のフジロックフェスティバルに出演し、歴代最多となる22ステージの公演記録を樹立した。"Japan's Comedian of The Year"2017年、2018年連続受賞。
 アメリカの今を伝えるラジオ、”Saku’s Radio from Chicago”放送中。
日本人として初の『サタデーナイトライブ』のレギュラーを目指す。大阪大学文学部、演劇学・音楽学卒

 


[ Notable Comedy Clubs & Colleges ]

Laugh Factory Chicago (IL, USA)
Up Comedy Club ; The Second CityIL, USA
Zanies Old Town (IL, USA)
Zanies Rosemont (IL, USA)
The Comedy Bar (IL, USA)
The iO Theater (IL, USA)
The House of Blues (IL, USA)

The Comedy Store (CA, USA)
The Comedy Store La Jolla (CA, USA)
Comedy Heights (CA, USA)
Broadway Comedy Club (NY, USA)
Caveat (NY, USA)
The Comedy Studio (MA, USA)
Bill’s Bar (MA,USA)
Comedy Underground (WA, USA)
Unexpected Productions (WA, USA)

Angel Comedy Club (London, UK)
Cabaret Voltaire (Edinburgh, UK)
Cosmic Comedy (Berlin, Germany)
Comedy Haven (Seoul, Korea)
Ha Ha Hole (Busan, Korea)
Ulsan Comedy Club (Ulsan, Korea)
Theater La Bonita (Kampala, Uganda)
Carnivore (Nairobi, Kenya)
Comedy Knight Club (Kigali, Rwanda)

Billboard Japan (Tokyo, Japan)
Stand Up Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)
ROR Comedy Club (Osaka, Japan)
Maple Hall (Osaka, Japan)

Texas A&M University (Texas, USA)
Osaka University (Osaka, Japan)

 

[ Festivals & Competitions ]
NBC Break Out Comedy Festival 2019 (Chicago, 2019)
Boston Comedy Festival (Boston, 2019)
Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Edinburgh, Scotland, 2018)
Palm Springs International Comedy Festival (California, 2018)
Kigali International Comedy Festival (Kigali, Rwanda, 2017) Headliner

NBC StandUp (Chicago, 2019)
Magners International Comedy Competition (Tokyo, Japan, 2018) Finalist
39th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition (Seattle, WA,2018)

Fuji Rock Festival (Niigata, Japan, 2019)
Asagiri Jam (Yamanashi, Japan, 2018)

[ Awards ]
Japan’s Comedian of The Year 2018
Japan’s Comedian of The Year 2017
Tokyo’s Rising Star Award 2018
Magners International Comedy Competition ; Finalist (2018)

[ Theaters & Improvs ]
“SAKU YANAGAWA SHOW” (written / directed/ starred)
(Chicago 2019~)
“Saku’s Comedy Night” (written/directed/starred)
(Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Fujisawa 2015~2018 )

“People In The Wind” (dir : Satoshi Nikaido) as a Bus Driver (Tokyo, Japan)
“Der Jasagar” (dir : Akira Ichikawa) as a Singer (Augsburg, Germany)
“Yes Man” (dir : Akira Ichikawa) as a Singer (Osaka, Japan)

[ Films ]
“Human Rights Samurai” (written/directed/starred) 2017
“Eri Yamamoto” (dir : Yusuke Kuwazuru) supporting act (2015)

[ TV ]
“Paul Hollywood’s Food Adventure in Japan”  Channel 4 (UK, 2019)
“CAN TV’s LOL” CAN TV (Chicago, 2018)
“Churchill Show” NTV Kenya (Kenya, 2017)

“News Watch 9” NHK (Japan, 2016)
“Yugata News Wonder” Kansai Television (Osaka, 2016)

[ Podcast / Radio ]
“Saku’s Radio from Chicago” (written / directed / starred 2019-)
“Tamamusubi” (TBS, Japan 2019)
"After 6 Junction" (TBS, Japan 2019)
"Saku Yanagawa Time for Standup" (JFN Park , Japan 2019-)
"Music Garage Room 101" (bayfm, Japan 2019)

[ Education / Training ]
Osaka University  2012-2016 : Theater and Music
United Performers Studio (Yoko Narahashi)  2016-2017 : Method Acting

[ Writing ]
“Saku’s Radio from Chicago” 2019-
“Saku’s Comedy Night”  2015-
“Human Rights Samurai” 2017