Yuriko Kotani: Kaiju About

Like Edinburgh, London is not an easy city to live in. It’s expensive, people can be rude and it can really drag you down. This very much describes the relatable experiences faced by Londoner and Japanese comedian Yuriko Kotani in her full post-pandemic return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Her perspectives on the pandemic, daily life, hobbies and self-care in her own charming, cheerful and comical way really make for a phenomenally feel-good show. In a move from the Pleasance Courtyard to the Pleasance Dome, Yuriko continues to bring a positive and funny in her new, energetic show, Kaiju About.

Yuriko Kotani is becoming a fringe favourite

One of the noticeable changes from her previous Fringe run, perhaps supported by a bigger performing space, is a more physicality to her humour. She made full use of the space from moving around, using props and releasing her inner Kaiju, becoming far more expressive and furthering the positive and feel-good emotional impact of her performance. This also really falls into her material which continues to shine through in its relatability and hilarity with awkward moments, real world issues and overall feel-good positivity. In her performance also, she really does incredibly well with connecting with her audience. Rather than awkward and harsh like many comics have made audience interactions, Yuiko seeks to get to know you more and keeping everyone involved in conversations about evil landlords and becoming a vengeful ghosts.

Yuriko Kotani is becoming a fringe favourite. Every return she comes back bigger and better with her great perspectives and good jokes. She continues to grow and evolve as a comic, becoming funnier with each time you are able to see her.

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The Blurb

BBC New Comedy Award winner, Japanese Londoner Yuriko Kotani, was about to make a change and have a fresh start in her life... Then 'kaiju' showed up. As seen on Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, Pls Like (BBC Three), Paul Hollywood Eats Japan (Channel 4), and Mandy (BBC Two). Reviews for her acclaimed debut show Somosomo (Guardian's Recommended Show, 2Northdown's Top Ten Picks): 'A brilliantly performed, well-structured and wonderfully unique set' ***** (FringeBiscuit.co.uk). 'A must-see full of heart, passion and laughs' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'A superb show that leaves the audience feeling inspired and hopeful' **** (TheWeeReview.com).

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