▶ Manzai is a stand-up comedy performed by a duo. The duo exchanges comical dialogues. This form of comedy was developed in the Kansai region in the early 20th (twentieth) century.
▶ In a typical manzai performance, one person plays the role of boke, or thickhead, and the other plays the tsukkomi, or straight guy. The people from Kansai like to talk in this comical style even in normal conversation.
▶ The Yoshimoto Comedy Company founded in Osaka is the most famous comedy troupe in Japan. They produce Japan’s top comedians along with comic theaters, TV programs, and movies.