San'yūtei Enraku V

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5th Sanyutei Enraku (5代目 三遊亭 圓楽, Godaime San'yūtei Enraku, December 29, 1932 - October 29, 2009) was a Japanese rakugo comedian best known for hosting the Shōten comedy show on Nippon TV.[1] His comedic career spanned several decades.

He was born Hiroumi Yoshikawa (吉河 寛海, Yoshikawa Hiroumi) and at the time used Enraku as his stage name.[1] He was known using the Japanese comedic style of rakugo, in which a single performer or storyteller appears on stage and tells comedic stories to the audience.[1] Enraku's last public rakugo performance took place at the National Engei Hall in Tokyo in February 2007.[1]

Sanyutei Enraku died of lung cancer on October 29, 2009, at the age of 76.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Comedian Sanyutei Enraku dead at 76". United Press International. 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2009-11-28.