How the devil are you, Yuriko Kotani?

Yuriko Kotani, Photograph by Karla Gowlett

Who is your favourite cartoon character and why?

There are so many but the anime I watched in the last few years and the characters I really love are Kyōjurō Rengoku from ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’ (both anime and the movie) and Bojji from ‘Ranking of Kings’. They are just incredible characters and I highly recommend to watch the anime if you haven’t. (They are adaptation of manga series so you can read manga too.)

How old were you when you started telling jokes and can you remember the first one?

I was a kid. I cannot remember how old I was nor the first joke. But I remember I was enjoying making others laugh.

Describe your ideal front row audience member?

On a new material night. I’m hoping that new jokes that I’ve written will work and get laughs. I attempt the first new joke. And I could see the front row burst into laughter, huge laughs continues all the way through at every punchlines I’ve written. Some are crying as laughing too hard, and I see everyone’s happy faces. That’d be ideal.

Which comedy routines have you watched until you know them by heart?

One of the comedy songs that was popular in Japan back then. I remember it was a cassette tape and we listened to it over and over again in the car. We sang together, and I was a really young kid but I nailed every single words (in my memory at least).

What did you miss most about comedy in the last two years? What do you value more now because of it?

I love online gigs too but perhaps one of the things I missed most in the last two years was the atmosphere that audience, acts and the venue create together in the room on that night. And I’m so looking forward to doing shows at Edinburgh Fringe again.

Which podcast(s) can you not live without?

It’s ‘Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat’. She is brilliant (and also I appeared on one of the episode as a character).

What is comedy’s greatest benefit for the world?

Laughter! It is so crucial and important to have in the world.

Which shows do you have a great feeling about at this year’s Fringe?

There are so many and I cannot choose, but if I may, one of the show I’d like to write here is ‘Katie Pritchard: Disco Ball’. I watched her show at a festival in March 2020 (yes, just before the lockdown) and I really enjoyed it. It’s her debut show this year and I cannot wait to watch her finished show. Another debut show that I’d like to watch this year at Fringe is ‘Rich Hardisty: Silly Boy’. We did preview on the same night in May 2022 and watched it – it was fantastic and I cannot wait to watch his completed show. And also my show. I have a good feeling and I hope you do too.

Tell us about your Fringe show.

It’s called Yuriko Kotani: Kaiju About at 7:10pm from 3-29 August (not 15) at Pleasance 10 Dome. I’ve been working really hard to create this show. Please come and watch, and hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Anything else you want to tell us?

I’m really excited and cannot wait to go back to Edinburgh Fringe. If you’re coming to the Fringe, see you there!


Click here to buy tickets for Yuriko Kotani: Kaiju About

7.10pm | Pleasance Dome (10 Dome) | 3-29 August (not 15)

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