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ABOUT SUNSHINE

On September 1st , 2008, Sunshine was accepted as an apprentice to the great Rakugo storytelling master, Katsura Bunshi VI (then named Katsura Sanshi), and subsequently received the name Katsura Sunshine. In the Rakugo tradition, he received both his master’s last name and part of the first (his master, Sanshi combined the first part of his name, “San”, meaning “Three”, with the Japanese word for “Shine”, and gave it the Japanese pronunciation of the English word “Sunshine”).

Sunshine received his professional debut in Singapore the following year, and completed his three-year Rakugo apprenticeship in November, 2012.

Sunshine is the first ever Western Rakugo storyteller in the history of the “Kamigata” Rakugo tradition, based in Osaka, and only the second ever in the history of Japan. (The first was Australian Kairakutei Black (1858-1923), who performed in the Edo tradition, based in Tokyo. Sunshine is the only Western professional Rakugo storyteller at the present time.)

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  • Sunshine is a funny, friendly Canadian! A bright, cheerful show! It’s quick! It’s funny! It’s educational!

    -squirrelcomedy.com

  • An onstage dynamo!

    -The Calgary Herald

  • “This 182-centimeter tall, blonde raconteur with the mile-wide smile has been wowing audiences worldwide with his high-octane, one-of-a-kind performances! He magically plucks laughter with rhythm and timing fit for an athlete!”

    -Nikkei Asian Review

  • “Tightly controlled physical theatre! Deft choreography of body language and intonation! And it’s also drop-dead funny!”

    -Metropolis, Japan

  • “Sunshine has an indelible smile! Every word delivered at breakneck speed!”

    -Highlighting Japan

  • “A raconteur extraordinaire! One of a kind! Sunshine is a star!”

    -The Japan Times

  • “Japan’s answer to stand-up comedy!”

    -CTV National News, Canada

  • “Fantastic! A sight to behold! Too much fun!”

    -CBC Radio, Canada

  • “Charming! Engaging! Charismatic! There is a sense of joy in everything Sunshine does!”

    -Broadway Baby, United Kingdom

  • “Sunshine is a great hope! I take my hat off to him!”

    -NHK News, Japan

  • “He illicits laughter with nimble verbal dexterity!”

    -BS TV, Japan

  • “The most I’ve laughed all year! If you want to laugh from the bottom of your heart, Sunshine is a must-see!”

    -Japan Journal (UK)

  • “Lovely! Intense! A one-man sitcom! How can we resist?”

    -CTV TV Montreal, Canada

  • “Sunshine has them laughing in the aisles!”

    -Edinburgh Evening News, United Kingdom

  • “Japanese turn storytelling into an art – and Canadian is a pro at it!”

    -Lexington Herald-Leader, United States

  • “Canadian adds hint of hoser to ancient Japanese comedy!”

    -Globe and Mail, Canada

  • “Sunshine is a pioneer and ambassador! A huge star!”

    -Vivascene, Canada

  • “One of a kind!”

    -Richmond Review, Canada

  • “Something out of the ordinary! You will laugh!”

    -Inside Toronto, Canada

  • “Sunshine certainly attracts attention!”

    -Winnipeg Free Press, Canada

  • “Hurray! Hurray for Sunshine!”

    -Nikka Times, Canada