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Birth name Kazuyoshi Morita
Born (1945-08-22) 22 August 1945 (age 69)
Minami-ku, Fukuoka, Japan
Medium Television
Nationality Japanese
Years active 1975–present
Notable works and roles

Tamori (タモリ?) is a Japanese celebrity. His real name is Kazuyoshi Morita (森田 一義 Morita Kazuyoshi?) and the screenname Tamori is an anagram of his surname. He was born on 22 August 1945 in Fukuoka City in Fukuoka Prefecture.

Along with Takeshi Kitano (Beat Takeshi) and Sanma Akashiya, he is one of the big three[1] television comedians in Japan.

His most famous TV programme was called Waratte Iitomo! ("It's OK to laugh!"), which was a nationally-televised live show that was broadcast every weekday at noon from October 1982 until March 2014.

He is never seen without his trademark sunglasses. He has worn them even in period pieces (Jidaigeki), despite the story taking place in a past historical setting. On some of these occasions, he has opted for an eyepatch.

His likeness is the basis for the Piranha Plant in All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros.

Programs on which Tamori appears[edit]


  • Tamori Club (TV Asahi) (October 1982–present)
  • Music Station (TV Asahi) (April 1987–present)
  • Buratamori (NHK General TV) (December 2008, October 2009-March, 2010, October 2010–March 2011)
  • Yonimo Kimyō na Monogatari (Fuji TV) (April–September 1990, January–December 1991, April–September 1992, and Spring & Autumn special editions every year since 1994 except spring 2006)
  • Tetsuko's room (TV Asahi, as the last guest of each year since 1978)
  • FNS no hi (Fuji TV) (every July, 1992–present)


  • Ethica no Kagami (Fuji TV) (October 2008–September 2010)
  • Tamori's Japonica Logos (Fuji TV) (October 2005 – September 2008)
  • Special Drama: Murder case of Akiko Wada (TBS) (February 2007)
  • Hey! Spring of Trivia (Fuji TV) (July 2003 – September 2006)
  • Tamori, Takeshi, Sanma, Big 3 Golf Match (Fuji TV) (New year program on 1988, 1989, 1991–1994, 1996–1999)
  • Tamori's Vocabula Tengoku (Fuji TV) (October 1992 – March 1997)
  • Tamori no Picross (St.GIGA Satellaview) (August 1995 – March 1996)
  • Tamori's Music is the World (TV Tokyo) (September 1994 – March 1996)
  • Tamori's Gap don (TV Tokyo) (September–Decemober 1994)
  • Drama: If Moshimo (Fuji TV) (April–September 1993)
  • Special Drama : Self dropout (TBS) (April 1990)
  • Kon'ya wa Saikō ~WHAT A FANTASTIC NIGHT!~) (NTV) (April 1981 – October 1989)
  • Amazing Small Universe: Human body (NHK General) (June & September 1989)
  • Watching (NHK General) (April 1985 – March 1989)
  • Waratte Iitomo! (Fuji TV) (October 1982–March 2014)
  • Owarai Star Tanjō!! (NTV) (April 1980 – September 1986)
  • 24-Hour Television (NTV) (every August, 1978–1984)
  • Kōhaku Uta Gassen (NHK General) (as a guest in 1979, 1980, as MC in 1983)
  • Yūkan Tamori Kochira desu (TV Asahi) (October 1981 – March 1982) (preceding program of Tamori Club)
  • Variety Televifasorasido (NHK General) (April 1980 – March 1982)
  • Star Tanjō!! (NTV) (April 1980 – April 1981)
  • Notte sea venture (TV Asahi) (April – June 1980)
  • Drama Ningen Moyō: Swindler (NHK General) (April 1980)
  • Friday 10!Uwasa no Channel!! (NTV) (October 1973 – June 1979)
  • Sunday Owarai namachūkei (MBS/TBS) (August 1978 – March 1979)
  • Channel Thief! Pleasurable Gag Program! Monty Python's Flying Circus (gag program part following dubbed Monty Python's original program) (TV Tokyo) (April–September 1976)


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