Hiroyuki Yabe

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Hiroyuki Yabe
Born (1971-10-23) October 23, 1971 (age 45)
Occupation comedian

Hiroyuki Yabe (矢部 浩之?, Yabe Hiroyuki, born October 23, 1971 in Suita, Osaka) is a Japanese comedian. He is one of the popular duo (kombi) Ninety-nine[1] with Takashi Okamura, who are one of Yoshimoto Kogyo's most successful acts. Yabe is considered the straight man in the duo. Yabe also plays Luigi in the Japanese Hot Mario Bros advert campaign.

Born in Osaka, Yabe played soccer in his youth. As a sportscaster on TV Asahi's program "Yabecchi FC," he interviewed soccer players Ronaldinho and Alessandro Del Piero.


  1. ^ "Japan’s Celebs Hawking Mario Kart Wii". Wired News. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2011.