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Welcome to the quirky and hilarious world of Showko – Australia’s favourite Japanese comedian.

Kooky and off-beat, Showko’s blend of stand-up, puppetry, ventriloquism and Rakugo (Japanese storytelling comedy) is hugely entertaining and utterly unique. Growing up in the kookiest culture on earth, she escaped into a childhood fantasy world of making and talking to puppets – now it’s her job. The world may be crazy, but Showko is absolutely normal. Honestly!

Directed by Heath McIvor (the man behind Randy the Puppet), Showko: Absolutely Normal was one of the standout hit shows at the Malthouse Theatre during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Showko is running a Rakugo workshop for artists! For more info and to book tickets, click here.

“Absolutely delightful. Silly and clever, as well as being unlike anything else on the fringe… ” – Edinburgh Fringe Review ★★★★1/2 Herald Sun

“Absurdly hilarious.” Melbourne Arts Fashion

“Absolutely Normal is full of eye-catching puppetry, excellent ventriloquism and engaging stories. You can’t help but walk out of this show with a smile on your face” – My Melbourne Arts

“A bit different, a bit kooky and a complete hoot… Absolutely Normal is definitely an enchanting introduction to Japanese culture in entertainment.” – Squirrel Comedy

“Prepare to be enchanted… mesmerized by her genuine excitement and the magic of storytelling and creation.” – Theatre Press, Melbourne

“Comedy can be an art form and not just a trade” – The Scotsman

NB: Sold Out? A small allocation of tickets may be released at the Box Office each night. Try your luck!

Address: 1 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach 2026

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