Katsura Sunshine Presents Rakugo in English Live on YouTube

Sunshine English Rakugo Corner

Saturdays beginning May 9 at 8:00 p.m.

Via YouTube

Admission: Free

Katsura Sunshine, the Canadian who brought the Japanese comedic storytelling tradition of Rakugo to the Off-Broadway stage, is taking his act to YouTube. After enjoying a six-month run at New World Stages that began in September 2019, his one-man show is on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like other artists, Sunshine had to get creative in order to keep creating. In the early days of New York’s lockdown, Sunshine began experimenting with broadcasting his act live via Facebook and YouTube from his apartment in Union Square. Having returned to Tokyo, Sunshine has decked out his studio with Rakugo props to resemble his Off-Broadway set.

Katsura Sunshine broadcasting live on Facebook from New York City in late March

He goes live in Japanese and English on Thursdays and Saturdays, giving informal chats about the art form of Rakugo and his experiences in general. Viewers type questions on Facebook or YouTube, which the friendly Sunshine answers enthusiastically. There are occasional technical issues, especially when he first started broadcasting on these online platforms, but Sunshine handles those issues with grace and humor.

From Instagram @katsurasunshine

New YouTube Channel

Sunshine recently created the Katsura Sunshine Rakugo Channel on YouTube. Every Saturday beginning on May 9, he will perform Rakugo in English for 30 minutes. The show starts at 8:00 p.m., coinciding with the time of his Off-Browadway show. Afterward, he’ll post an edited version on Facebook. Subscribe to his new English YouTube channel here and tune in!

About Katsura Sunshine

JapanCulture•NYC profiled Katsura Sunshine in 2016, when he was in New York to perform at Japan Society. Click here to learn How a Canadian Playwright Became a Japanese Rakugo Storyteller.

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