1 Feb 2019 - 1 Feb 2022
SHOWKO: ABSOLUTELY NORMAL
Directed by Heath McIvor
STAND-UP | PUPPETRY | VENTRILOQUISM | RAKUGO
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.
Armed with a swag of stories about growing up and living in the whackiest culture on earth, Showko will give you a glimpse into the craziness that exists just below the surface of Japan that most foreigners never get to see.
As a child, she escaped into a fantasy world of making and talking to puppets – now it’s her job. The world may be crazy, but Showko is absolutely normal. Honestly!
Absolutely Normal was directed by Heath McIvor (the man behind Randy the purple puppet) and was one of the standout hit shows at the Malthouse Theatre for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018.
"Exquisite ventriloquism” ★★★★1/2 Herald Sun
“Comedy can be an art form and not just a trade” The Scotsman, Edinburgh Fringe
“A complete hoot” Squirrel Comedy
“Full of eye-catching puppetry, excellent ventriloquism and engaging stories” My Melbourne Arts
“Absolutely delightful. Silly and clever - unlike anything else on the Fringe. ” Edinburgh Fringe Review
“Prepare to be enchanted!…mesmerized by her genuine excitement and the magic of storytelling and creation.” Theatre Press, Melbourne