There's been English-language comedy in Tokyo for a long time, mostly performed at shows held in a variety of cafes and bars around the city. However, on 6th May 2022, the Grand Opening will be held for Tokyo Comedy Bar, a dedicated, purpose-built venue, just a minute from Shibuya crossing.
Designed specifically for comedy, the cosy performance area has a low ceiling to create an ideal atmosphere for the audience. The bar area will have a selection of craft beers on tap, plus a range of other drinks for all tastes. There'll be different shows every night of the week, with open mics and showcases in both English and Japanese, and there will also be classes available for anyone who wants to learn the crafts of either stand-up or improv comedy.
On Grand Opening night there are two English-language shows featuring the cream of Tokyo's stand-up comedy talent. Each lasts 90 minutes, the early one starting at 7:00pm, the late show at 9:00pm. Tickets for each show cost ¥2500, and can be ordered in advance online through the website.
The bar is on Wave-Dori, the side street next to Mark City, close to Shibuya crossing and the Inokashira line station.
I came to Japan from Manchester, England in 2003, and have travelled a lot since then, around Japan and in Asia. When I'm not working, I write satire and perform stand-up comedy in and around Tokyo. Check YouTube for a taste.